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Shipping box for Argon 38 Sample Spikes


A rectangular wooden box. The sides are attached to the top surface of the box using small nails of iron alloy. Small circular openings at either end are plugged using cork stoppers. Rectangular panels are attached to the top and bottom surfaces using the same nails.

This container was not opened to check its contents.

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Primary Materials: Wood


Written in dark pen at one end of top surface: “Remove corks this END”, The same message is repeated on the bottom surface at the same end. In addition, two of three holes are indicated with arrows and the message “FULL” written in blue pen. On one side, in red/ orange crayon is written: “FRAGILE A38 SPIKES”

Dimensions (cm):

Height = 5.5, Width = 10.8, Length = 40.


This box may have been used to ship spikes of enriched Argon from the production site in Switzerland, where argon was produced using the gaseous diffusion technique.


Good: The wooden surface is dirty and stained in places. There is a noticeable stain on the top surface.

The protruding surfaces of all three removable corks have been damaged.

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Manufacturer: Unknown.

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Acquired by the UTSIC collection in the summer of 2015, from the decommissioned lab oratory of Prof. Derek York (1936-2007), a geophysicist at the University of Toronto.

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