Even long after the days of the Gold rush, prospecting for gold is still done among hobbyists. Most use much of the same prospecting equipment used by the original 49’ers.
Gold pans are now available in many different materials and designs, some much more elaborate than others. You can find pans in plastic, copper, and tin. There are three accepted sizes of pans; 6-8” is the smaller, 12-14” is the medium sized pan and 16-18” which is used by most professionals. The 12-14” is said by many to be the most comfortable size to use. The larger of the pans is heavy and collects a lot of material which is not easy to pan.
The shovels are used to dig up dirt into the pan. People use both the long and short handled shovels for prospecting equipment. Garden trowels are also part of many prospecting kits for the smaller or harder to reach areas in which you may be prospecting.
While these were not available in 1849, they are essential modern prospecting equipment. They help to pick out the tiniest of gold flecks from the prospecting pan.
A good hunting knife is indispensible when it comes to digging, scrapping and prying
White adhesive or medical tape:
This is used to mark the pieces of ore that are found and taken in to be assayed. Time, date and place found are often marked on the tape.
Many people use this handy piece of prospecting equipment in which to hold their findings. They are much more practical than glass
This handy piece of prospecting equipment helps you to identify what you collect in your gold pan. These, along with the knife to sift through the findings are a good duo for the modern day prospector.