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I’ve got over 100 of these things. I was told that the raised parts were pure silver. I had a guy melt one down and sure enough it was. I’ve been looking all over the internet trying to find out what they are but honestly don’t know what to really search for. Any help would be appreciated. They are for sale if anybody wants to buy them as well. 

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I'm going to go with the large electrical motor housing suggestion .  Does this smell bit like electricity?  Or perhaps you can get it damp as that may bring out the "odor" from this thing.  If it smells metallic or electric or a tad bit burnt, then I'm betting it's from a very old motor housing.

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53 minutes ago, augur said:

Obviously some machine parts. Can you take pics of the other side and the mounting hole? Also connect two pieces where they can be interlocked?

That’s the back side. All the pieces are the same. 

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51 minutes ago, CoinFinders said:

...and the whole structure is solid silver?  .999?  Or are the silver rectangles mounted on a non PM metal?

The raised rectangle parts are the silver. Not sure what the structure they are attached to are. 

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Here's a thought. Why did the previous owner of the house leave these behind?  If they are filled with silver and precious surely they would have known that and taken them with them??? Or was it the case of a distressed sale and they just left???  Anyway, they are clearly machined parts and would originally be worth far more than the sum of their material value.  If you can identify their use perhaps there is someone that may still need these as spare parts. They do look like massive motor parts.  Interesting please update us

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I'm with silversky to try to ID its designated usage, and it may be worth more than it's silver value.  Sooooo, I guess I'm confused.  Before you said that when it was melted down, it was all silver (or did I read this wrong?).    Now you're saying it's steel.  If this is silver welded to steel, that would make sense if this were a major industrial component.  So....the "shiny stuff" is silver, and the rest of the mechanism is steel?

In most "big" silver machinery or moving parts, the silver is usually welded with bronze or copper.  The bronze/copper is usually a "super-structure" to hold it all together.  I've not seen these made with steel or stainless steel.   --Scotty

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They were my grandfathers. I talked to my dad about them a few hours ago and he said in the 80’s my grandpa would bring them home from the railroad but he couldn’t remember what they were used for. He said that back then they would melt them down and send the silver up to New York. Apparently they bought a brand new car with the cash they sold it for. The silver is just the part that is shined not the entire piece. I’d have to find the paperwork to remember exactly what the rest of it was. I just remember that the shiny part ended up being pure silver. 

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