By comparison to known horn beads
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/07/2020, 07:11:24

I fractured other horn beads, and also did burn tests. The original owner didnít want the bead back so I destructively tested it, literally to pieces. Horn is quite tough so the force needed to fracture the bead was another observed property.

I have a pretty good stereomicroscope and a pretty good sense of smell.

Thatís about as scientific as I can get without any modern analytical equipment.

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