Touchstones from Mysore, India
Three modern touchstones purchased from a Goldsmiths supply shop in Mysore, India, in January 1995. Previous identifier: 1995-3.
Touchstones are fine-grained siliceous stones, on whose abrasive surface a gold sample undergoing checks for purity would be rubbed. A streak of gold would be left on the stone’s surface, which could be compared against gold of known quality, to establish the sample’s purity. Touchstones were the main means of assaying the quality of gold throughout history, but remain in use today.
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- inorganic material
- sedimentary rock
- Gift of Dr W.A. Oddy
- Science Museum Group
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