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    Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot, 21.36 Ounces
    Ex:
    S.S. Central America

    Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot. 21.36 Ounces. CABG-652. The importance and trustworthiness of Kellogg & Humbert was established in 1855, two years prior to the sinking of the S.S. Central America. A short mention in the Alta California on April 2 of that year announced the formation of a partnership between John G. Kellogg and Augustus Humbert. Humbert's name was immediately followed by "Late United States Assayer." This mention lent immediate credibility to the new partnership. Kellogg & Humbert maintained his reputation for public trust throughout the history of the assaying company. Their reputation of scrupulous honesty is undoubtedly why the vast majority of gold ingots recovered in the salvage efforts of the S.S. Central America were assayed, poured, and cast into molds by Kellogg & Humbert. In fact, there were 343 Kellogg ingots recovered out of a total of 532 from the five assaying companies represented in the salvage efforts. As one would expect from such a large sampling, the size and weight of individual ingots varied widely - the smallest only 5.71 ounces, ranging up to the largest, dubbed the "Eureka" bar that weighed an astonishing 933.94 ounces.

    Among the 343 recovered ingots from Kellogg & Humbert there is also a wide variation in punch alignment, interesting errors and omissions, and misalignments. This is a perfectly punched ingot that was poured into Mold K&H-02 (41 mm x 52 mm). The massive Bowers reference on the S.S. Central America has remarkably few typos, but there is one on this ingot listing. It is listed as 21.30 ounces, when in fact the ingot is actually stamped 21.36 ounces. The reason seems to be the incomplete loop in the 6, which is then followed by an O that looks very much like a zero. This small to medium-sized ingot is neatly laid out. The top side reads: No 869 / 21.36 Oz / 843 FINE / $372.22. The company hallmark is a bit oversized. It is placed on the long, right side with the word ASSAYERS about halfway present. Bright yellow-gold color throughout.


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