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Old 02-26-2020, 05:01 PM
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I found my third ring today in a school yard that dates back to right after the civil war. Iím most concerned about what the material of this ring is because I thought it was copper till I cleaned it and saw gold shining in the holes. Iím curious if it could be a low karat gold possibly. Iíve found a lot of gold plated items in the past and this doesnít strike me as gold plating. It looks part of the ring. I canít find any markings on the ring and Iíve never seen anything like it. Itís missing the stone as well. Any information would be greatly appreciated and if you need any more pictures or info just ask.
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Seems pretty heavy so might be gold.
Next is doing a density measurement using Archimedes Method (google it). This works well for gold.

The brownish coating looks odd.

If it is gold or even gold plated, Navel Jelly removes crud easily without damaging the gold.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:10 PM
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Well done on the ring, looks old.

Possible ring copper alloy and the remnants of gilding still showing?
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by waltr View post
Seems pretty heavy so might be gold.
Next is doing a density measurement using Archimedes Method (google it). This works well for gold.

The brownish coating looks odd.

If it is gold or even gold plated, Navel Jelly removes crud easily without damaging the gold.
Thanks Iíll look into that!

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Well done on the ring, looks old.

Possible ring copper alloy and the remnants of gilding still showing?
Thatís what I was thinking just it doesnít seem to be flakey gold like most gilding I see.

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Old 02-26-2020, 06:36 PM
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This is a leather belt/harness mount where you can still see the gilding in the crevice's?

Found in June 2012.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:43 PM
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Following this post as I've got a similar situation with a ring like this.

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Old 02-26-2020, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug View post
This is a leather belt/harness mount where you can still see the gilding in the crevice's?

Found in June 2012.
Yeah Iím starting to think thatís all it is. I saw that little gold and got excited and wanted to hear some opinions. Thanks!

Originally Posted by Gimmie The Loot View post
Following this post as I've got a similar situation with a ring like this.
I believe it is just copper because the density was much closer to copper than gold. I would love to see pics of yours if you feel like posting.

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That's not a gold ring...

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That clearly is or was a finger ring.

Which to me looks burned. As it was in some kind of fire. Why the fake stone is melted and the guilding is gone.

With this type of setting, modeling and materials i would say somewere in the latest 100 to 150 years max.

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Originally Posted by Mistersippi View post

I believe it is just copper because the density was much closer to copper than gold. I would love to see pics of yours if you feel like posting.
Here is mine. Different design but similar metal I believe.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Silver View post
That's not a gold ring...
Yeah I came to that conclusion. When I first saw it I was curious if it could be a copper/gold alloy or something with just a small amount of gold but I believe it was just leftover gilt.

Originally Posted by beest View post
That clearly is or was a finger ring.

Which to me looks burned. As it was in some kind of fire. Why the fake stone is melted and the guilding is gone.

With this type of setting, modeling and materials i would say somewere in the latest 100 to 150 years max.
I was actually wondering the same thing on weather or not it was in a fire.

Originally Posted by Gimmie The Loot View post
Here is mine. Different design but similar metal I believe.
Thanks for posting! Iím still curious if mine is a mixture of metals or if it was in a fire and caused the colouring to change a bit. Iíve never seen copper come out of the ground quite the same color as my ring.

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Cool ring. Congrats on the find.

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