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i found this minted bar but still not sure what metel it is.its not magnetic

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A photo with better lighting and sharper focus could be greatly helpful.

I found one on Etsy. It said: Made by the United American Metals Corporation, this tin based Babbitt is advertised as the highest grade of Babbitt metal made by that company. According to their literature, there is no speed too high; no lead too heavy; no shock too great for Government Genuine Babbitt. This Babbitt is alloyed by the Stanley Process. It is especially adapted for band-saws, connecting rods, clay products machinery, converters, crank-pins, crushers, crushing-rolls, compressors, cutters, centrifugal pumps, dynamos, gas engines, marine engines, mill gearings, saw-mill, arbors, trimmers, steam cylinders, steam pumps, swing saws, turbines and tube mills. Ideal for automobiles, buses, diesel engines, and airplanes."  It was listed as: 

Early Vintage United American Metals Syracuse Babbit Bar Genuine Goverment Bar

ok thanks down but not all are babbitt 

Syracuse Advertisement for the company and some images of others online, with the same imprinted logos. One of which was sold on WorthPoint, you'll have to sign up to Worthpoint to view the price.

that looks like it michael exactly like it.just wondering what to ask for it thanks


There is no such word as syracose.  It is plainly stamped on your bar.

There is a gold buyer in Boise ID that has a machine that can assay your bar and tell you what you have. He charges $35.00 for his time and use of his machine.  I suspect you have a Dore' (pronounced dory) bar.  A dore' bar consists of high grade metals from a mine, for instance a gold mine might also contain silver, platinum, lead, zinc, copper, tin, manganese, and many other lesser metals, iron included. They are all smelted together at the mine and then shipped to the main smelter who refines and separates the elements individually. The fellow in Boise can tell you exactly, by percentages, what your glob of metal contains.

I had a similar bar; I thought for sure it was pure silver (22.2 lbs troy) (266 oz) @ $25/oz = $6,660.00!!! Wow, I paid $2.50 for it. The assay showed .0001 (%) silver, and even less for gold...metal in it was not worth smelting costs, but hey it makes a great paperweight!

It's marked Syracuse, not Syracose. I think Michael established that this is bearing metal, mostly made of tin. Don't think it is worth paying for an assay. Babbitt metal used to be used for bearings, but nowadays I think the best use is the one you found: cool paperweight:

or as a collecters item maybe?

Can you tell me where on your bar it says "Babbitt Metal".  I don't see it in your pictures. Smelters do work for themselves and for their customers. Just because somebody found a Babbitt metal bar doesn't mean yours is also Babbitt metal.  If you assume it is you could be making a costly mistake.

I agree with Tom, so many times you find an item through online searches have been labelled as one thing, but are in fact something else.

$35 for a test of the metal is a small price to pay, given the possible outcome you have something truly valuable, even if it might not be.

Don't miss out on a potential positive outcome because someone may have mislabeled an online photo.

Well, I'm highly skeptical and I've handled a lot of silver. If it was a silver bar, then it would be marked with a purity mark (percentage). Furthermore, there are apparently a lot of these Babbitt metal bars floating around; check out these this links: and "Our most popular tin base Babbitt Metal is Syracuse Government Genuine Babbitt (ASTM B23 Grade 2)"

But if you still think it is silver and want to give it a shot, take it to a jeweler or other "We buy Silver" place, and they will test it for free. They won't tell you what is in it (tin percentage, etc), but they will tell you whether it is silver. They use an acid test to find the percentage. If they offer you money for it - then it has silver.

Or if you want to do it yourself, you can run a specific gravity test - for that you need a good accurate scale and a bucket of water. I do specific gravity test occasionally if I have a questionable piece (e.g. unmarked antiques). There is lots of info online on how to do this: for example:

i dont think its silver just wondering what it might be and a antque value to ask in selling it.most antiques are not used as what there made for simply purchasd for there antique value.


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