Casting some Silver ingots from scrap
silver detected and found by Lord Lovell
of the Metal Detecting Forum ...
I melted some detecting scrap Silver into an ingot today, my first Silver melt - went smoothly without issues, this containts [sic] blank Silver coins / fragments, Silver Spoon parts and other broken/damaged pieces of Silver weve pulled out of the fields. It looks rough because of the mould i used - a cast iron one, going to look for a smoother graphite type for the next precious metal pour. This ingot can be better smoothed and buffed (i did a little) if need be to make it more appealing to the eyes but i like it in this form
One shudders to think how many objects not seen by the PAS are ending up as shiny lumps, buffed up to look nice. A question occurs to me looking at some of that scrap, how does the artefact hunter know that every single piece in that pile is less than 300 years old? Anything older is Treasure and a crime is being committed if it is melted down and not reported. Who gets to decide and on what grounds? PAS guidance notes on "melting down your metal-detecting finds" seem not to be available.