Lead ingots, mid 19th century.

Made:
1831-1870

Lead ingots (Sp.G. 11.35), mid 19th century

Lead is easy to work because of its low melting point of 327degrees C. Molten lead can be cast into shapes, and the combination of ease of melting and low strength made the ancients regard lead as the least noble of metals.The Romans used lead extensively to make lead pipes.

Details

Category:
Metallurgy
Object Number:
1962-31
type:
lead
credit:
Geological Survey and Museum
status:
Permanent collection

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