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tailormarc
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25 March 2019 03:22 pm

Hey guys now im pretty good as sussing different metals out but this one has got me wondering what it is....
Found in a location that has items no later than 1915 and goes back as early as 1860

Now its ....

Quite Magnetic
Hard as (not lead)
Dont think its tin as this is really magnetic,
Dont think its silver as its magnetic and doesnt give off the egg smell when rubbed with foil
Not pewter as its magnetic
Has a shiny crystalline structure and been out in elements over 100yrs so no iron or it would be rusted like the other stuff ive found

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tailormarc
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25 March 2019 03:31 pm

Quite heavy...
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25 March 2019 04:52 pm

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Looks a bit like galena, maybe partially smelted.


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

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indi
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25 March 2019 04:56 pm

i wonder if it some sought of stainless steel ingot

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tailormarc
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25 March 2019 05:12 pm

Dave79 wrote:

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 165043.jpg
Looks a bit like galena, maybe partially smelted.

I just got back from a Galena mine that operated in the 1800s a few months back and found some galena and your right looks very similar but only difference is this blob i have is magnetic and galena apparently isnt

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tailormarc
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25 March 2019 05:29 pm

Im starting to think its cobolt

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25 March 2019 05:31 pm

If is I wouldn't be licking it.
Mackka

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25 March 2019 05:41 pm

meteorites are very heavy, very magnetic but not too rusty because they can also contain high amounts of nickel.

Any chance ?

Maybe Cobalt is correct -

Check its SG

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt

Last edited by Greenhornet_au (25 March 2019 05:46 pm)


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25 March 2019 06:20 pm

Greenhornet_au wrote:

meteorites are very heavy, very magnetic but not too rusty because they can also contain high amounts of nickel.

Any chance ?

Maybe Cobalt is correct -

Check its SG

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt

I was hoping it was meteorite but looks wrong shape. Looks more man made melted and snapped off

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25 March 2019 06:25 pm

UFO scrapnel !!!!

yikes sad yikes

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25 March 2019 09:01 pm

I agree it looks like a meteorite , broken in half none the less.
Note the melted looking flat side (incoming side) and the rougher looking (trailing side).
It looks very similar to a much smaller one I found years ago, not knowing what I had I broke it with a hammer and the fracture is exactly the same, crystalline looking iron/nickel meteorite.
Congratulations!
Maybe search the area for the other half.
regards from Ken

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25 March 2019 09:39 pm

I would of thought that it was excess/spillage from someone smeltering and pouring into a mold.

Cheers

Doug


Forest Gump once said "life is like a detector going beep, you don't know what it is till you dig it up"

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tailormarc
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25 March 2019 09:47 pm

Keen Ken wrote:

I agree it looks like a meteorite , broken in half none the less.
Note the melted looking flat side (incoming side) and the rougher looking (trailing side).
It looks very similar to a much smaller one I found years ago, not knowing what I had I broke it with a hammer and the fracture is exactly the same, crystalline looking iron/nickel meteorite.
Congratulations!
Maybe search the area for the other half.
regards from Ken

Funny you should say that, big meteorite made landfall not far from here a little while back . Not getting my hopes up but never know. Only problem is there is no way to tell forsure because if i take it to wA museam and it turns out to be meteorite they will seize it . Here is the article
https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.abc.n … e/10179826

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25 March 2019 09:49 pm

Rockhunter62 wrote:

I would of thought that it was excess/spillage from someone smeltering and pouring into a mold.

Cheers

Doug

That’s what I was thinking but none of the metals I can think of are similar as in magnetic, no rusting really really hard etc

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25 March 2019 09:58 pm

tailormarc wrote:
Keen Ken wrote:

I agree it looks like a meteorite , broken in half none the less.
Note the melted looking flat side (incoming side) and the rougher looking (trailing side).
It looks very similar to a much smaller one I found years ago, not knowing what I had I broke it with a hammer and the fracture is exactly the same, crystalline looking iron/nickel meteorite.
Congratulations!
Maybe search the area for the other half.
regards from Ken

Funny you should say that, big meteorite made landfall not far from here a little while back . Not getting my hopes up but never know. Only problem is there is no way to tell forsure because if i take it to wA museam and it turns out to be meteorite they will seize it . Here is the article
https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.abc.n … e/10179826

Don't go posting on here then. smile

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25 March 2019 10:13 pm

Maybe try and do a streak test on the back of a rough tile or something similar, the colour of the streak should give some more clues.


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Hard Luck
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25 March 2019 10:17 pm

Goldpick wrote:

Maybe try and do a streak test on the back of a rough tile or something similar, the colour of the streak should give some more clues.

Yeah.

Bit of a flowchart here.

http://meteorites.wustl.edu/check-list.htm

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25 March 2019 10:59 pm

If it is an alien testicle from the sky, cut it in half and send 1/2 to me, I identified it first... LOL

Tell me first by PM, that would be just so fine. thumbsup


Still looking for Captain Feather-swords treasure chest !
Won't be long now - 3240+ holes and STILL counting. (bloody ring-pulls and tabs) LOL

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25 March 2019 11:04 pm

Sounds like a job for ....Goldirocks !
fire
100 %


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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26 March 2019 07:15 am

Was it in an historic mining area? I'll eat my hard hat if that isn't antimony metal. Definitely a smelter product of some sort. Check out "antimony regulus" or star metal on google image search for some comparisons. I frequent a site that's got quite a lot of it, makes an awesome noise! The magnetism could be a bit of a red herring for ID, I'm going to guess that there's some blobs of iron in there giving it magnetic properties.

The photo of the inside's a bit hard to see but that perhaps may be stibnite in the middle of the lump.

Cobalt might be unlikely? I understand it's a fair bit of work to separate cobalt from the other metals it occurs with, doesn't seem like the kind of thing to just discard when you've put a lot of work in it. And that's a fair chunk!

edit: just tested with a couple of my found lumps of antimony, some are pretty magnetic, some aren't at all. Got to be some iron contamination here, no nickel or cobalt around and I know they quarried ironstone nearby to use as smelter flux.

Last edited by Guessologist (26 March 2019 07:22 am)


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tailormarc
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26 March 2019 11:39 am

Guessologist wrote:

Was it in an historic mining area? I'll eat my hard hat if that isn't antimony metal. Definitely a smelter product of some sort. Check out "antimony regulus" or star metal on google image search for some comparisons. I frequent a site that's got quite a lot of it, makes an awesome noise! The magnetism could be a bit of a red herring for ID, I'm going to guess that there's some blobs of iron in there giving it magnetic properties.

The photo of the inside's a bit hard to see but that perhaps may be stibnite in the middle of the lump.

Cobalt might be unlikely? I understand it's a fair bit of work to separate cobalt from the other metals it occurs with, doesn't seem like the kind of thing to just discard when you've put a lot of work in it. And that's a fair chunk!

edit: just tested with a couple of my found lumps of antimony, some are pretty magnetic, some aren't at all. Got to be some iron contamination here, no nickel or cobalt around and I know they quarried ironstone nearby to use as smelter flux.

Yep im still swinging towars smelter metal. No mining or smelter anywhere near where it was found. There was a brick works other side of town so not sure if it could of come from there

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27 March 2019 09:43 am

Even out in the elements it would have fusion crust if it were a Meteorite...Also you're correct there'd be more rust but in saying that the area would need a lot of rain...
The smooth underside suggests that it is indeed man made.... thumbsup


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28 March 2019 07:46 am

Hey tailormarc.... here's a link to goldie's mineral identification thread.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … p?id=24759
throw your photo and question up on there
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He's our resident geologist thumbsup


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03 April 2019 05:52 pm

Cheers, will do now smile

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03 April 2019 06:10 pm

Chrome Vanadium?

Cheers

Doug


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