- Object Name: hat
- Accession Number: 1995.927
- Date: early 20th C
- Description: Miner`s safety helmet of leather; crown black and hard with tan strap stitched front to rear holding lamp-loop, brim is pierced at front & turned up, broadens at back into a long spatulate tail; soft leather lining glued inside. The front part is pierced for a (missing) drawstring.
This coal miner's safety helmet has a large trailing flange made of leather, which provided protection to the neck and shoulders. It was worn by a 'shanker', a worker whose job it was to maintain a pit shaft. In conjunction with a toughened leather coat it provided some protection against falling debris.
This is a miner's safety helmet. The crown is of hard leather, with a leather strip and lamp fixture stitched over the top. The brim is of softer leather, with a large fan-tail at the rear; the front part is pierced for a (missing) drawstring.
Miner's safety equipment became increasingly sophisticated in the later nineteenth century, a process aided by legislation. Much had to be purchased by individual miners: sophisticated headgear like this was expensive and worn only if necessary.
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