Kellogg & Humbert Gold Assay Ingot. By far the most ...
Seventy Ounce Kellogg & Humbert Gold IngotKellogg & Humbert Gold Assay Ingot. By far the most frequently encountered of all the ingots on board the S.S. Central America, Kellogg and Humbert were a highly respected private partnership that was formed in April 1855 and remained in business until 1860. John Glover Kellogg was born on December 3, 1823, in Marvellus, Onondoga County, New York. Augustus Humbert was born on July 2, 1815, in Switzerland. Their partnership was well known for its $20 and $50 gold pieces that were created in an era in which the recently opened San Francisco mint could not keep up with demand. Kellogg was formerly associated with the highly esteemed Moffat & Co., and Augustus Humbert had previously been the United States Assayer of Gold in San Francisco.
This large gold ingot has blushes of the deep reddish tarnish usually seen on these historic bars, these are mostly located on the sides of the bar. Small pieces have been sliced (as made) from the lower right corner of the face and the upper right corner of the back, this was typically done to ingots to assay their fineness prior to counterstamping. The top side reads: No. 720 / KELLOGG & HUMBERT ASSAYERS / 70.13 Oz / 902 FINE / $1307.64. On the back side the individual bar number 720 is repeated. A treasure chest and a large Bowers' treasure book (both originally sold with the ingot) accompany the lot. (PCGS# 10229)
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