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Tin mining: a 4,000 year old industry

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These three tin ingots are a reminder that the Cornish tin trade was once of international importance. They were salvaged from the wreck of the SS Cheerfiul, which sank off St Ives in 1885. The lamb and flag was a mark of purity (similar to the hallmark on silver).

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