Large brass blow pan – (2284-1)

Large hammered brass ‘blow pan’ which was used to remove impurities from gold dust by softly blowing into the narrow end of the blow pan. The lighter dust particles were blown away while the heavier gold dust stayed behind. This object has had a hard life and must have been used extensively as witnessed by the cracks and dents. It came from gold prospectors in Ghana, West Africa, and is old. The blow pan most probably dates from the first half of the 20th century and was added to the collection from Ghana in 1998. Length 15 cm. Width 8.1 cm. Height 3.5 cm. Weight 75 grams.
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