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Rathbone Blast Furnace Artifacts

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Catalog Information

Rathbone Blast Furnace Artifacts
Accession Number
Gift of
Philip L Mandolare
Collection Title
Clarendon Artifacts
Collection Description
Artifacts found in Clarendon
Phil Mandolare
Format Description
Search Engine Type
The cover photo is of a stove door found at the Rathbone Blast Furnace site in Chippenhook.  Presumably it was made there.  The photo below is an approximately 8" piece of slag from the furnace.  Below that are smaller pieces about 2" each. 

Blast furnace slag is formed when iron ore or iron pellets, coke and a flux (either limestone or dolomite) are melted together in a blast furnace. When the metallurgical smelting process is complete, the lime in the flux has been chemically combined with the aluminates and silicates of the ore and coke ash to form a non-metallic product called blast furnace slag. The silicates can form a glass-like surface as can be seen in the smaller pieces seen below. 

See also the Rathbone Blast Furnace entry in the Buildings and Enterprises collection for information about this operation and site. 

These photos are from 2019 courtesy of Phil Mandolare.

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