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Posted 6 years ago


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Here's one I could use some help on. I picked this up at a auction last saturday. The guy was a major collector of mining stuff in his day, he's in his eighties now and selling everything off. I think this is a ingot mold? Gold, Silver or Lead? Gold and Silver were both mined around here. It measures about 10" wide and 14" long. I think it reads BB & S in each ingot pocket It weighs in at about 27 lbs. It's rusty like water has sat in it. Should I try cleaning it up? Any Ideals on Value.


  1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Hopeing someone into mining stuff will see this and comment.
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks BOGIE262, I am still hopeing someone can shed some light on this? Was it from an assayer, a mine, or what? any ideal on value?
  3. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks officialfuel. I am still looking for info on this item.
  4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Yes it is csat iron, very heavy.
  5. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    cast iron
  6. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Good question, I don't know. Maybe because the melting point of silver or gold is lower? If I had enough gold I could try it out. Thanks for the imput. Still a mystery.
  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I would think it would work with any material as long as the melt has a lower melting point than the mold:

    cast iron= 2300 F
    gold = 1946 F
    silver = 1762 F
    lead = 621 F

    With that being said-- I have seen cast iron used for lead (bullets), but I don't know what is typically used for gold or silver. Anyone know what is typically used for gold/ silver molds?

  8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks for your imput scottvez, every bit helps. I agree with your comment.
  9. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the like officialfuel
  10., 6 years ago
    Nice ingot mold. It would be nice to cast some gold ingots in that !
  11. HueyMech1, 5 years ago
    According to my information, graphite is commonly used, (today, at least) for both gold and silver molds.
  12. HueyMech1, 5 years ago
    On a different tack, does anyone have any information on vintage Tentex silver ingots, or bars? I picked up a nice 10 oz. bar today, and can't seem to find out any information at all on Tentex.

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