Jun 03, 2012, 06:22 PM
Old handle?? Gold?
Found this old handle the other day in an old house? Any thought?
Not sure if it's real gold or pyrite??
Jun 03, 2012 06:22 PM
Jun 03, 2012, 06:26 PM
could be a piece of quartz with the gold left in it and fashioned into a knob.....or NOT
Jun 03, 2012, 07:09 PM
So I'm guessing it's more likely your "NOT" in your opinion. Haha
Jun 03, 2012, 07:19 PM
What do you mean by "handle"? Is it a cane topper or something like that? Looks like gold to me!
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Jun 03, 2012, 07:29 PM
Looks like a lamp finial? Can't tell from here if it's gold or not.........
Jun 03, 2012, 07:34 PM
Wouldn't hurt to get it tested...stranger things have happened.
Jun 03, 2012, 08:04 PM
No have two pair of them. Or 4 total came out of old shotgun house I flipped and made a walking out of one of the handles.
However they were old door handles of knobs. The brass on the handles were like 50ish style or year!
Where would I even take this to get tested or looked at professionally. Antique dealer or jewelry dealer?
Jun 03, 2012, 10:51 PM
I'd take it to a good jewelry store. Cool looking finds, you just never know....HH
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Jun 04, 2012, 02:39 AM
Common sense leads me to think its unlikely doorknobs of this nature would be gold. Might be wrong, just my thoughts.
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Jun 04, 2012, 07:28 AM
So where would I go have this looked at? What type of place?
Jun 04, 2012, 11:43 AM
I don't know where you live or what might be close to you but we have a university here with a geology department that is very helpful.
Jun 04, 2012, 12:58 PM
Either way, that looks really neat
Jun 04, 2012, 04:23 PM
Out here in Denver, around the turn of the century they made lots of items with gold still inside the quartz. I know they did the same thing in California during it's gold rush period.
I'm thinking it could be the real thing, but I've been wrong, many, many, times in the past.
Keep us posted!
Jun 04, 2012, 09:37 PM
I live in Louisville and looking for a smart place to take this to have looked at and checked out?
Jun 05, 2012, 04:09 AM
Very cool find you got there
Jun 05, 2012, 11:12 AM
Jun 06, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Jun 06, 2012, 01:58 PM
Looking at the pictures for a while, it almost looks like its been fashioned with gold leaf (flakes) put into it.
If it is a natural occurring gold in quartz though, and the pieces are thicker, then you have a fair bit of money sitting there.
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Jun 06, 2012, 02:30 PM
I'm sure there is a college or university there with a geology department. They could probably tell you what it is pretty quick.
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