Stamper battery model; J T Smith (Circa 1879-?); 1956-59; XTS.2132
Stamper battery modelAbout this object
Stamper battery model; a group of four models depicting the equipment used in a mining battery. The models include a five-head stamper battery, a whim (in this case horse drawn), a berdan, and a poppet head. The models are made of wood and have been painted grey. On the side of the berdan model is a silver plated plaque inscribed with 'Presented in 1959 by Mr J T Smith / (in his 90th year) a former Thames Miner. / Who spent more than three years / Constructing from memory these / authentic models of mining machinery / used in his youth'.
A stamper battery was used in hard rock mining to crush the gold bearing ore into powder, making it easier to recover the gold. This model provided a practical demonstration of the process and power sources used.
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88 x 76 x 150cmCredit Line
Collection of Thames School of Mines, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere TaongaObject Type
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