How do Vintage Cash Cow test gold?

His name is Charman, Antony Charman, and he’s here to test your metal… literally

Antony is an expert, he loves to talk about what he does, and he’s recently made friends with the History Channel team. If that’s not a recipe for intriguing videos, I don’t know what is! Here Antony tells you all about how we test gold at Vintage Cash Cow.


In this video Antony explains how he tests metal with a ‘golden gun’ click play to see Antony strutting his stuff or read on for the transcript.




Video Transcript

Hi, My name is Antony and I am the man with the golden gun.


This is the most amazing piece of equipment that has ever been produced for the precious metals industry.


What is the golden gun?

So this is our Thermo Nuclear Metal Analyzer. Very reliable, very good.


The problem nowadays is that there’s so many products look like gold, feel like gold, they have to be checked with something like this to be 100% sure of the quality of gold and the caratage.


How does it work?

Take the piece of metal, place it over the little window here. Once we’ve done that, it’s analysed.


We look on the back here, it’s telling us that gold plate is not detected It will tell me it’s a 9 carat piece of gold.


We use what we call the government hallmarking chart, which is issued by the government and 9 carat gold comes under the 375 which means it’s 375 parts per thousand gold.


These are the things we check against so that we know that when the products come in we’re not buying something that doesn’t have any gold in. We know we’re paying the correct amount of money for the items and the gold that’s in them.


Want to make easy money from your old things? Send them to Antony by signing up to Vintage Cash Cow here.


Want to hear more from our head vintage expert? How about the one where he tried to beat the golden gun, find out what happened here: