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    (Ca. 1869) Theall & Co. Silver Ingot
    8.50 Ounces

    (Ca. 1869) Theall & Co. Silver Ingot. 8.50 Ounces. Theall & Company were Comstock assayers who branched out to many of the Nevada silver mining camps as news of discoveries were announced to the public. H.W. Theall lived in Virginia City, while his Marysville office was leased or managed by someone else. His Austin office was later managed by A. Soderling, a well-known assayer in Nevada mining camps. Theall's business was so important to the financial infrastructure of the Comstock and Austin that he took on as partners the bankers Paxton & Thornburgh, major bankers in Austin. The above background information was taken from Fred Holabird's 2008 book The Rush for Gold! For those who wish to take a deeper dive into smaller Territorial assayers we highly recommend Fred's book.

    The top side of the ingot displays the hallmark of THEALL & Co / AUSTIN / Ozs 8.50 / 995 F / $10.49 / Internal Revenue stamp (lightly impressed). One of the long sides has the stamp METTACOM. Mettacom was a silver mining company located on Lander Hill, next to the Florida Mine. It was a regularly producing mine from 1866-1869. The ingot is bright on all sides from obvious cleaning. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a silver ingot from a well-known but underrepresented assayer from the Nevada silver boom. This is only the second Theall ingot we have a record of handling, the last one was in 2005.


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