David K. Joyce


3.9x2.0x1.8 cm
Keweenaw Peninsula

Michigan, USA


Item number: 28227

This piece is solid native copper but not a natural form. It is a "chisel chip", a fragment resulting from the practice of chiseling down huge boulders of copper by miners. Really big boulders of native copper could not be crushed down in size but still had great value as copper. They are metal and so could not be blasted down in size, either. The COULD be chiseled down in size, though! This chisel chip is a result of that kind of work.