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Old 05-07-2018, 05:40 PM
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Default Canít Be Gold. So what is it?

Saturday we had a club hunt. Located at a couple of previous homesites. Probably mobile homes.

I got a solid 90 signal on my ATP. Instead of silver I got a long metallic cylinder about a foot long and weighing about 3 pounds. Later I got a second similar signal and pulled out another cylinder, much thinner and weighing about a pound. Then a third. This one was the same diameter of the first but only an inch and a half long. Then a fourth, about the same size as the third one.

All went into my trash pouch and then my trash bucket heading to the barrels that will eventually end up at the recycling center.

At home I sorted all the other trash into their respective barrels but I was curious about these. First I applied a very strong magnet. Nothing. Then I took them to my grinder. First I did the biggest one. To my surprise the metal beneath the outer coating was brightly sparkling.

Just like gold.

Then I did the second and third. Same results. Then I did the last one but the metal looks like a new penny. Nice and orange colored.

Now Iím 100% sure I didnít stumble into a hidden gold treasure, but I must admit Iím stumped as to what it is.

I have been wrong in the past. I wouldnít mind being wrong in this case.

Any ideas? Go ahead and burst my bubble.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:42 PM
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is it hollow?

probably copper or brass plumbing??

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Old 05-07-2018, 05:51 PM
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Probably brass. Should bring a little gas money if you recycle them.

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Yeah, looks like brass stock.

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Old 05-07-2018, 10:21 PM
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Would it be like that?

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It's called a brass drift. You use it between a hammer and something you want to hit but not dent. You can see the ends are flared out from being hit.

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Originally Posted by BaldAssCat View post
It's called a brass drift. You use it between a hammer and something you want to hit but not dent. You can see the ends are flared out from being hit.
Brass drift also won't throw a spark..

Brass tools are used in combustible environments too..

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Originally Posted by Ice Scratcher View post
Brass drift also won't throw a spark..

Brass tools are used in combustible environments too..

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Good point. I have worked in combustible environments but still used steel tools, out of ignorance I guess. In my defense the only fire in that shop wasn't on my watch.

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Gotta love this forum. Nice ID!

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Got a definitive ID. Took it to the Amelia Island Maritime Museum.

It IS a brass drift. Used in shipbuilding. They dated it as between 1750 and 1850.

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ouch, you took a grinder to them!?!?!
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Originally Posted by BaldAssCat View post
It's called a brass drift. You use it between a hammer and something you want to hit but not dent. You can see the ends are flared out from being hit.

bingo! I have three or four in my tool box.
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