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If I didn't know better I would say it is a piece of polished Fordite. I had my chances many years ago to get some very nice Fordite and not really knowing at that time that someday I would love to have it I passed on collecting the material. I believe the best of Fordite came from the 40s - 60s. I had my chances on collecting it from the 70s - 90s. For those of you that are not familiar with Fordite it is nothing more than the paint that was chipped away from the car carriers that carried the car bodies through the painting process and then on to the ovens for hardening in the auto plants. Layer upon layer of all colors of baked enamel (in the early years) was layed down on all the parts of the carriers and eventually had to be removed. Some very nice patterned material emerged from this process. The material was/is certainly worthy of finding it's way into the lapidary/jewelry field. Anyway, getting back to the piece you have shown William, I am guessing that it could be Fordite. It is only a guess. If it is a rock type then it is a nice find. One other possibility is it could be a piece of tumble polished glass slag. Did you polish this piece or was it found in the condition it is in?

From Ward - June 18, 2012 at 11:02:26

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