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SOLD at 2012 Aug 18 @ 16:13UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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This small ingot made in a classic nineteenth century trapezoidal mould for an approximate 5 ounce ingot, is punched “”Amalg Plates”/ “S. F. N. & P. Works”/ “68 to 74 First St. S. F.”. It measures 2” x ¾” x ½” and weighs 3.41 troy ounces . It has a highly oxidized surface, indicative of a buried item. The ingot has a brass coloration underneath the oxidation.
The San Francisco Novelty and Plating Works was the creation of William E. Shepman and A. Rudgear, both of San Francisco. Shepman had owned and managed the Pacific Plating Works, and Rudgear had managed the Chicago Nickel Plating Works, both in San Francisco. Shepman’s business was perhaps the most prominent of all the San Francisco plating businesses. In 1885 or 1886, the pair joined forces, with Shepman as President, and Rudgear as Manager, first located at 108 Front Street. In 1888 or 1889, the company moved to larger quarters on the northwest corner of Mission and First Street, where this ingot was made, probably about that time.
This is a new discovery piece.