D_W":2fmoklos said:Great looking stone, a trans ark which you can confirm by the density if you can manage to weigh it and measure it out of the box.
2.65 specific gravity is middle of the road for a good trans ark.
Probably mid to late 1800s when sperm oil was still the thing prior to petroleum base honing oils.
Once in a while a completely easy washita comes along looking like that, but they're usually more of an earwax color.
Really nice. Be careful not to damage the label. The older stones are still common, but their labels are not. It is probably worth half as much as the stone and box.
You can use anything you'd like. if it's tight in the case, don't try to take it out - no need to check - looking at it on a bigger screen, it's definitely a "hard" ark of the old days (translucent by name now since the term hard has been diluted to really include a lot of stones that shouldn't be in that class).whatknot":2wryq3lk said:Thanks for your input, much appreciated
Its well stuck in the box and don't want to mess around with it just yet
Its not a huge stone, its 5 7/8" long x 1 7/8" wide, unable to measure its depth
I shall leave it be until I get some time to look at it a bit more in depth
Yes I thought the label was an interesting point that I shall look after
As there is not to much sperm whale oil on the shelves in our shops ;-)
What would you recommend using these days (UK) ?