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size : 27 cm h x 16.5 cm dia.
10½ ins h x 6½ ins dia.
'From Tine Mine Stanthorpe, Queensland: Mr Kilby Manager. This specimen of tin obtained in pouring oil out of cauldron when vent became choked. 1887.'
The first use of tin probably coincided with the development of crude smelting methods for making tools and weapons out of bronze, which is an alloy of copper and tin, in the era known as the Bronze Age.
There were very few sizable deposits of tin in the ancient world and the value of the metal for making bronze led to the establishment of trading routes between southwest England and various Greek and later Roman centres by about 1500 BC.
The Greek historian, Herodotus in 440 BC gave the first account of the tin trade in the west staing: 'Nor have I any knowledge of tin islands (Cassiterides) whence our tin is brought.'
|Height||27.00 cm||(10.63 inches)|
|Depth||16.50 cm||(6.50 inches)|