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    Question Need Help Identifying Type Of Brass

    Hi everyone just recently i picked up some brass pieces when i went out looking through a council hard rubbish collection
    for goodies but the problem is these brass pieces have a slight magnetic attraction to an earth magnet, i spoke to a friend
    of mine who has knowledge of different types of metals, and he says the brass probably contains nickel that is why it shows
    a weak attraction to an earth magnet but i am still unsure. This is what i have picked up, i have picked up some brass knobs
    some brass gas nozzles which i pulled out of a barbeque. plus i found and old style tap and all of these pieces seem to be
    mildly attracted to the earth magnet i have, where as some of the other brass pieces i have are not attracted to the earth
    magnet at all. All of my brass pieces look like yellow brass and i am pretty sure they are not brass coated steel pieces.

    Here are the pictures below i am hoping someone can help me sort this out i am really confused here.







    Thanks guys for the help much appreciated.

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    yellow brass

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    I suspect that each of those pieces has a bit of ferrous somewhere. The knobs for example look like they have a broken off steel screw in them yet, the faucet probably has a steel screw holding on the handle. You'll just have to examine each piece real thoroughly.
    If it wasn't for the $ in $crap, it would just be.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyDollars View Post
    I suspect that each of those pieces has a bit of ferrous somewhere. The knobs for example look like they have a broken off steel screw in them yet, the faucet probably has a steel screw holding on the handle. You'll just have to examine each piece real thoroughly.
    Nope sorry there are no screws inside any of the brass knobs i helds onto the knobs and undid the screws from the inside of the removed drawers, and i cant see any steel inside any of the taps either, i am still confused.
    When i get time i will cut one of the pieces in half with a grinder to have a closer look. Should i throw these pieces in with my other yellow brass or should i keep them seperate and tell the scrap yard?

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    Throw them in with the other brass, you'll be fine.

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    As far as the valves go, they probably have small spring steel O rings or springs imbedded in the valve somewhere.

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    Yellow brass bucket!

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    I dig those metal bits out of there ; )

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    Thanks for all of the help guys in identifying what type of brass it is but i finally figured it out already, its irony brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecritta View Post
    Thanks for all of the help guys in identifying what type of brass it is but i finally figured it out already, its irony brass.

    what was the price quote for dirty brass vs clean yellow brass?

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    Manganese bronze will have the slight magnetic pull you are getting. I usually see it on bigger more industrial pieces but that doesnt mean it isnt. Any knowledgeable yard will buy it with and as yellow.....


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