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What does it appear to be composed of....rock, sand, glass or metal?

An how and in what type of rock/soil was it found?

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It is lead dropped into the water or slurry from making lead shot. The lead dribbles through orifices and makes the shot. But when you spill the lead into the tank in a stream it makes crazy shapes just like that. 

Lots of old telephone and electrical connections were lead as well and this could easily be a by product of a soldering operation.

They used lead and bismuth for all sorts of things years ago. Bearings, bushings, sealing, forming simple shapes. Blobs of lead in bizarre shapes are fairly common around mechanical and engineering operations.

They poured molten silver through a screen and into water or slurry paste to make silver shot too. It handled and measured easy.

Back in the day a store did not give change back. They gave tokens that were only good at that store and sometimes only good for a certain item. So it was handy to have the silver in little beebees so that change was not required. Silver shot is probably the most common form of real old treasure that a detectorist can find and it often has odd, blobby shapes.

Check the hardness. That looks like lead but it could be high in silver. They alloyed a lot of industrial lead with silver to harden it. So it is not uncommon for lead used in telephone connections, plumbing etc. to be high in silver.

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I’ve seen the same thing after a house fire . Where you got a tin roof you will find where the melting metal pool . You get all kind of odd looking shapes like you have.

 Chuck 

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Ditto on all the above. Could also be aluminum. Should be easy to tell just based on weight.

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3 hours ago, Bedrock Bob said:

It is lead dropped into the water or slurry from making lead shot. The lead dribbles through orifices and makes the shot. But when you spill the lead into the tank in a stream it makes crazy shapes just like that. 

Lots of old telephone and electrical connections were lead as well and this could easily be a by product of a soldering operation.

They used lead and bismuth for all sorts of things years ago. Bearings, bushings, sealing, forming simple shapes. Blobs of lead in bizarre shapes are fairly common around mechanical and engineering operations.

They poured molten silver through a screen and into water or slurry paste to make silver shot too. It handled and measured easy.

Back in the day a store did not give change back. They gave tokens that were only good at that store and sometimes only good for a certain item. So it was handy to have the silver in little beebees so that change was not required. Silver shot is probably the most common form of real old treasure that a detectorist can find and it often has odd, blobby shapes.

Check the hardness. That looks like lead but it could be high in silver. They alloyed a lot of industrial lead with silver to harden it. So it is not uncommon for lead used in telephone connections, plumbing etc. to be high in silver.

Thanks for another dose of good information Mr. Bedrock. I am pretty sure in my pile of scrape iron, bullets, wire, ect. that i have found a little bit of this material while detecting.

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silver and mercury, amalgam. when a couple drops of mercury are added to silver dissolved in nitric....and left unstirred strange shapes are made from the resulting reaction. old miner “alchemy”

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Ant hill aluminum pour.

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I agree that they are from some ant, bee, spider etc. aluminum or lead pour.  They were probably left in the ground after the main pour was pulled out.  These underground tunnels that insects dig have off branches all over the place.  They got broken off when the main pour was roughly pulled out and left behind.  

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