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Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Sublimecraft
As far as the Texas Hammer, I think I found a solution. If the hammer was lost in a cave and the water dripping from the ceiling fell on it and encased it in a "Stalagmite"...
From the link you provided...
What they found was a unique piece of wood protruding from a rock concretion.
When the rock was broken by their son in 1947, it revealed an iron hammer with a wooden handle. it was completely enclosed in limestone.
If a miner lost a hammer in a dark cave 100(?) years ago and then it was covered up by secreting calcium carbonate from the ceiling? I don't know what would collapse the cave or maybe it was hauled out in tailings mining for the same thing. That area would require further exploration. Maybe the spaniards were there burying Montezuma's gold. The hammer head actually looks about the size of a modified railroad spike. Toughest hunk of iron around in them days.
Originally posted by MasonicFantom
PS as a preemptive response, since I never reply to anyone, I shall say: Thankfully, I use this site only as comical relief. Your words mean nothing to me, I am a God.
That is a possible explanation of the hammer's encasement in rock, yes...but a mine or cave would have to be discovered to be very near the place where the hammer was found before it could be considered anything other than speculation, right?
Also, it does not address the issue of the actual metallurgy of the hammer's head, which is unlike anything in modern or recent times, and certainly cannot be a remnant of railroad metal, which first of all is steel, not iron, and second, rusts easily when exposed to the elements.
Actually, the peculiarities of the metal of the hammer's head, and it's apparent resistance to corrosion reminds me of another enigmatic, ancient, rust-free iron artifact known as the Iron pillar of Delhi.
PS: Thanks for the link you gave to more details on the Lead Masks case! Much appreciated.