Sunday, July 28, 2013

The "H" List Updated

I published the "H" list and immediately Tom and Chris provided lists of missing hallmarks so upon closer look I realize I completely missed everything after Homestake! I will blame it on a week's vacation; Julie and I had a great time in San Francisco for six days visiting her family, even worked in a visit to the original San Francisco Mint building. More on that in an upcoming blog.
 
For now, updated "H" list follows: 

H&H
H&H Mining
H&M
Hallmark Precious Metals
Hallmark Refining Corporation
Hamilton Mint
Hancock Industries
Handy & Harmon
Hatfield
Hauser & Miller
HCJ Refiners
Heartland Mint
Heraeus Precious Metals 
Hercaimy
HH
Hilemn Laboratories, Inc
Hoffman & Hoffman
Homestake Mining Company
Honest Metals
Hoover & Strong Inc. Refiners & Manufacturers 
Hospital Trust National Bank
HPM
Hunt Brothers
HS&S
HSR
Huepeded & Company
HW Minting Company

Silver Ingots
Ken
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The "H" List

The "H" list follows:

H&H
H&H Mining
H&M
Hallmark Precious Metals
Hallmark Refining Corporation
Hamilton Mint
Hancock Industries
Hatfield
Handy & Harmon
Hauser & Miller
HCJ Refiners
Heartland Mint
Heraeus Precious Metals 
Hercaimy
HH
Hilemn Laboratories, Inc.
Hoffman & Hoffman
Homestake Mining Company

Thanks to Brett for some help on the "H" list and as always, let me know if anyone has a name to add.

Silver Ingots
Ken

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The "H" Box Part I

I would have jumped right to my "H" favorite, The Homestake Mining Company, but I am working on a lengthy post and need a bit more time to complete it. So into the rest of the "H" box we go.

About four years ago when I first started collecting silver ingots, I acquired the example in the first photo from Tom; Hancock Industries, 2637 Cedar Springs, Dallas, Texas. A very neat (and very rare) round with information on it etched by hand rather than stamped, and a paper sticker applied with name and address. 

 
Small world; just before acquiring the example above, I had completed a condo conversion at 4777 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, just two blocks down the street from the location identified on the 5 oz round. I was unable to discover anything about Hancock Industries but visited the former address and am still amazed at the coincidence. Crossroads Cedar Springs Condos pictured below.
 

Hoover & Strong began in Buffalo, NY in 1912 recovering platinum from industrial light bulbs, refining the metal and selling it to local platinumsmiths. Over the years, their business evolved into what is still today, one of the nations largest jeweler recycling companies where jeweler scrap is recycled and returned. Now located in Richmond, VA, and celebrating their 101st year of business, Hoover & Strong specializes in specialty wire, solder, tubing and plate for the jewelry industry along with other industry specific supplies.

George Hoover, CEO, is 81 years old and has been with Hoover & Strong for 61 years. According to him, the examples pictured below were made for customers that wanted silver in exchange for their refining returns rather than cash. He did not specifically remember the Silver Sales Award stamping but recognized the bar as fitting the description above. Thanks to George Hoover and his assistant Kelly for their help with this post.     
 
Two different Hoover & Strong examples follow; first a cast ingot followed by a trio of extruded / sheared examples. 

 

 
Finally a group of collectible examples from the "H" box that includes Handy & Harmon, New York, NY; Hoffman & Hoffman; and Hercaimy.
 

 
Watch for the next "H" post coming soon about The Homestake Mining Company.
 
Silver Ingots
Ken