• Tin "Candle"
  • Tin "Candle"
  • Tin "Candle"
Rare Minerals

Tin "Candle"

ID: CC8306
A rare Cornish mining artefact, termed a ‘Tin Candle’ and purportedly originating from Wheal Gorland at St. Day, Gwennap parish, Cornwall.  This man-made specimen is formed from tin metal produced by smelting cassiterite or any other stanniferous ore.  Once separated from the ore, tin has the relatively low melting point of 232 degrees C, therefore any spillage from pouring the molten metal remains viscous long enough for it to form these folded rope-like solidified structures.  The term tin “Candle” was given for its similarity to solidified candle wax.  This specimen was once in the collection of Ross Polkinghorne, a well known Cornishman famed for his extensive knowledge of Cornish mining and mining history.

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Dimensions
12.0 × 4.8 × 2.8 cm
Categories
Native Elements, Rare Minerals
Locality
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, Europe

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