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Weight?=7.5 pounds 2.
Volume? About a liter or more for the oil pot
Has it been carbon-dated?
Not while I have had it. It was in a museum, so they may or may not have. This is the first time there were instruments for testing metal comp etc so in the past it could not have been done.
Where and when exactly was it found?
Can't be certain as to date. I remember the paper tag when my mom first got it and it said bimini. Used to think what is a bikini have to do with it.
It is 19" high and 5 3/4" at the widest point. It was dipped in gold and the patten is laying over the gold plate layer. I think that if there were any other items with gold covering people would know the finish but I doubt there are very many. I could take a scraping of the build up inside the flame part. They would be ash from the last time in history it was burned but not a solid age dating for the item.
It is indeed a torch and it is shown upright.
I remember the paper tag when my mom first got it and it said bimini
Originally posted by IAttackPeople
So, at first it was "unlabeled" at the museum (hard to believe) but now there was a paper label that mentions "Bimini".
This story has all the earmarks of a tall tale.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
However, find us an expert who can tell us what it is, and we can have some relief here.
It never had any paperwork. The few times my mother took it to so called experts they had no idea and never wrote anything up. The sole identification was one of the old time manilla tags about 1 1/2" by 2" with the red paper reinforcing ring and a cotton string tied to the bottom. It had numbers at the upper left and a word or two I don't remember and in the lower left it just said bimini. The back of the tag was blank as well as the middle part. My mom cut the tag off and put it inside when she got it and it was not there when it was delivered to me.
Seems like the experts are stumped. I hope some of the pictures passed around can reveal something.