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  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by releventchair View Post
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    1&1/2 ounces or 1&1/2" diameter is not a cannon ball sinker size. You will not be able to cast silver in that mold either. Silver is sand cast or cuttlefish bone cast at times but usually investment cast which is a type of plaster. The steel mold here would cool the silver too fast preventing a full pour. You could not possibly pre-heat a steel hand held mold to a high enough temperature to have the silver flow for a complete pour and still be able to hold onto the mold. Silver is usually heated to about 2,000 degrees to pour for casting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsil View Post
    1&1/2 ounces or 1&1/2" diameter is not a cannon ball sinker size. You will not be able to cast silver in that mold either. Silver is sand cast or cuttlefish bone cast at times but usually investment cast which is a type of plaster. The steel mold here would cool the silver too fast preventing a full pour. You could not possibly pre-heat a steel hand held mold to a high enough temperature to have the silver flow for a complete pour and still be able to hold onto the mold. Silver is usually heated to about 2,000 degrees to pour for casting.
    I thought the picture was a one and a half pound mold. I could be wrong though.

    So you thinking the o.p.'s castings are of lead or low melt temp metal(s)? They certainly look like they were cast in a two piece hinged or through bolted mold more than any sand/acid/resin bound mold.

    I've no experience pouring large volume silver , but if a mold had to remain heated after pre heating during a pour , I certainly wouldn't be trying to hold on to it by hand.
    Last edited by releventchair; May 18, 2020 at 01:14 PM.
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    I just came across a video that show these same sized ingots in zinc to solder/swedge cables. Not saying that's what they are, but they look very similar and I think they used silver solder way back...
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    i was gonna say maybe some kind of solder composition

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    That is amazing.
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    What ever they turn out to be its still a pretty cool find Congrats
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    Might we be looking at a babbett alloy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dc.gronlund View Post
    I just came across a video that show these same sized ingots in zinc to solder/swedge cables. Not saying that's what they are, but they look very similar and I think they used silver solder way back...
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    Those almost look identical in their castings. If his size and weights are anywhere close to correct, that can't be Zinc, far too heavy for Zinc, but like you said, perhaps there are instances where they used silver solder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    Those almost look identical in their castings. If his size and weights are anywhere close to correct, that can't be Zinc, far too heavy for Zinc, but like you said, perhaps there are instances where they used silver solder.
    It was such a random video too. Just popped up on an electrical engineering themed list.
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    Wheres the OP?

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  11. #86
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    what a cool find.....maybe they had a couple of giant werewolves they wanted to shoot with some large silver balls....Man I like your find!!!!

  12. #87
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    OP, any update on what these mystery objects be composed of?
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    This is very cool. Old timers buried their silver, so maybe the person that did this smelted some of their silver and buried it for later only to never return for it.

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    A very nice Silver treasure
    ..lets go celebrate

 

 
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