Pig Lifting Tool

This iron tool was used at the Summerlee Iron Works. It was found during excavations on the site during the 1980s.

The bar was used as a lever to help lift freshly-cast iron pigs out of their moulds. The iron was cast into bars in moulds in an area of specially-prepared sand called a 'pig bed'.

After the iron had cooled enough to solidify it was broken up with hammers and tools like this were used to lift it out of the sand.

Museum reference:
1836 - 1933
On display:
Summerlee Museum: Exhibition Hall
Associated with:
Summerlee Iron Co · Summerlee Iron Works, Coatbridge, Scotland
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