Atomic Era Artifacts

Extremely Rare Graphite from the First Nuclear Reactor CP-1

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Extremely Rare Graphite from the First Nuclear Reactor CP-1

Description: This lucite encases graphite from the worlds first nuclear reactor. This is the largest presentation of graphite from this reactor that weve ever seen. With the graphite shaped like the State of Illinois, this display was purchased from the estate of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner Jr. He was the 33rd Governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968 and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The dimensions of this incredible piece are about 8” x 4” x 2” and it weighs 1 pound 8 ounces. The piece shows slightly elevated levels of activity vs background radiation. 

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Set of Seven Unused Pencils with Uranium Ore

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Set of Seven Unused Pencils with Uranium Ore

Description: An incredible set of eight unused pencils filled with Uranium ore. The printing on the pencils over the Uranium sample says “Actual Sample Uranium Ore The Start of Atomic Power.”  The printing on the main body of the pencils says  Nucleonics, Chemistry and Electronics Shares, A Mutual Investment Fund Prospectus Available from Your Investment Dealer. 

Our measurements show that the level of activity from any one of the eight pencils is about 200 CPM.

Price: $500 Shipping: $15


Antique Container and Case for Radium Needles

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Antique Container for Radium Needles

Description: This container was used to carry highly radioactive radium needles that were used for medical purposes. On one side of the container, "Radium Chemical Company, Distributors, Pittsburgh, PA. USA was embossed. The other side the container reads "Standard Chemical Co. Pittsburgh, PA. USA.   The container is about 7 cm long and it weighs 146 grams. 

The container was empty when we acquired it, and it shows no activity above background levels of radiation. 

Price: $450 Shipping: $15


Hammer Laboratories Carnotite Standard

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Hammer Laboratories Carnotite Standard

Description: Extraordinarily rare Carnotite Standard from Hammer Laboratories in Denver Colorado. The tin, which seems to have never been opened, contains the Carnotite U3O8 reference standard and is also labelled with Radium content. The tin is about 2 inches in diameter and 1 5/8 inches thick. It weighs 43 grams

Surface Radioactivity: The radioactivity of the tin at the surface is 20,000 CPM.

Price: $250 Shipping: $15


Very Rare FCDA Item CD V-787 Ten-Day Water Standard

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Very Rare FCDA Item CD V-787 Ten-Day Water Standard

Description: The CD V-787 Ten-day Water Standard was manufactured in the early 1960s by Jordan Electronics. Its purpose was to provide an evaluation of the activity of fallout in food and water. The Item Specifications note that “The comparison standard is designed for use under conditions of extreme emergency.”

The procedure involved comparing the readings made of a food or water sample with the readings made using the standard. To permit reproducible measurements, the probe could be rested on the edges of the can. If the measurement of the activity in the food or water was less than that made with the standard, it was safe to consume for a ten day period.

According to the Department of Defense item specification, the standard was manufactured by mixing 3.0 grams of uranyl acetate with 5 grams of epoxy resin in a “standard 4 ounce circular seamless ointment tin.” Readings on a spectrometer indicate natural Uranium as expected.

This item is of tremendous historical value, however it should not be used for testing the radioactivity of food for consumption. 

Size of Tin:  8 cm in diameter and 2.5 cm in height.

Weight: 40 grams

Surface Radioactivity: 100,000 cpm at 4mm from surface of epoxy resin. Note: These tins are over fifty-five years old and the one that you receive may be more worn than the one above, some have tape on the surface of the tin, etc. but the epoxy is identical in each tin. 

Price: $75 Shipping: $7


Very Rare Uranium Source Food and Water Comparison Standard

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Very Rare Uranium Source Food and Water Comparison Standard

Description: These tins contain an epoxy that is green rather than brown, however in all other aspects are very similar to the ones above. As noted above, this item is of tremendous historical value, however it should not be used for testing the radioactivity of food for consumption. 

Size of Tin:  8 cm in diameter and 2.5 cm in height.

Weight: 40 grams

Surface Radioactivity: 100,000 cpm at 4mm from the surface of epoxy resin. 

Note: These tins are over fifty-five years old and the one that you receive may be more worn than the one above, some have tape on the surface of the tin, etc. but the epoxy is identical in each tin. 

Price: $75 Shipping: $7

Commemorative Coin from Project Gasbuggy Underground Nuclear Test Site

Commemorative Coin from Project Gasbuggy Underground Nuclear Test Site

Description: Rare are unique coin that was at the blast site during the Project Gasbuggy underground nuclear test. This was an attempt at “nuclear tracking” which did release natural gas however it was too radioactive to use. As noted on the backside of the coin, the test took place on December 10, 1967. The coin is reportedly discolored due to the blast itself. A few of these coins were located at the site, and then after the blast encased in lucite. This cube reads background levels of radiation.  Some of the coins were in fact bent, and the discoloration is apparently due to the effects of the blast itself. Here is a link on Youtube to Project Gasbubby: Project Gasbuggy

Size: 2.5 “ (6 x 6 x 6 cm) cube of Lucite with the coin embedded in the center of the cube.

Surface Radioactivity: About 125 - 150 CPM.

Price: $400 Shipping: $15


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