c1890 Williams Harvey & Co Mellanear Smelters Tin Ingot


A rare, late Victorian Smelter’s Tin Ingot, with the company details relief moulded on the top.

It reads: WILLIAMS HARVEY & Co. MELLANEAR, with the image of the Liver Bird (it is more commonly found with a Cornish Lamb and Flag). The Mellanear Factory was based in Bootle, Liverpool and seems to have operated between 1888 and 1929. Condition is very good for its age.

The rare soft silvery metal Tin is predominantly found in Devon and Cornwall and has been an important aspect of trade since the Bronze Age. For centuries the Crown exercised control over tin mining through the Stanneries structure. Tin is the major constituent of all forms of pewter. The Worshipful Company had for many years an arrangement with the Crown, whereby they got a significant share of the annual tin production at an advantageous price.

Size: 40 x 8 x 1 cm (15 ¾ x 3 1/8 x 3/8 inches)
Weight: 781 g (27 ½ ounces)