The four red ochre-painted tools are Tough as a mother shirt Jumpers believed to be from various miners in the Zennor area. The jumper in the foreground has lost part of one end and has a stump instead of a long sharp point. They all have similar design weights so maybe from the same blacksmith.
Tough as a mother shirt
New Tough is a mother shirt
The natural features of Tough as a mother’s shirt land and sea in that remote part of Cornwall ensured that the area around Zennor was largely inaccessible until around the start of the 19th century. Only pack animals and sleds brought goods to this part of Cornwall, as there were no roads.
These are Tough as a mother’s shirt all circa 250 to 300 years old or perhaps even more and date from well before the invention of pneumatic mining drills. We have a larger Jumper in the collection which came to the Cornish Heritage Collection from the Holman Museum in 1979 but again do not know its history save that it dates from the 18th century.