Hi Andrea, Brass that was used to make "Old Clocks." The brass that we currently get in the US is remolded down shell casings that were used in Vietnam, Korea, WW II ect. The quality of the Brass used in shell casings is lower than that of "Clock Brass" Did you ever wonder what happened to all of the old American Antique Clocks? i.e. the Banjo Clocks and all the old watches? I think they can be found in the company of the Old 100 per cent Silver Dollars. Food for thought. Susan Chastain.
Dear Susan: Verrrry interesting… thank you for replying.
That’s a lot of shell casings! I had thought it might have been
a particular alloy. For instance, we stamp in what is known as
"rich low" or “red” brass, which is is an 85/15 alloy (85 percent
copper). Other stamping houses sometimes use 70/30 or "high"
brass, which is only a 70 percent copper content. Bomb
shells…hmmmm. Thanks again, Andrea