Atomic Era Artifacts

Extremely Rare Graphite from the First Nuclear Reactor CP-1from the estate of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner Jr.

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Extremely Rare Graphite from the First Nuclear Reactor CP-1from the estate of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner Jr.

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. 

Price: $2000 Shipping: $25


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 also encases graphite from the worlds first nuclear reactor, on the form a rectangular block. This was owned by an engineer who worked on the reactor. Only a handful of these were made for those associated with the project. The bulk of the graphite from CP-1 was used in the subsequent CP-2.

The dimensions of this rare piece are about 3 3/4” x 2 5/8” x 1 1/2” and it weighs 3/4 pound. 

Not for sale

Graphite from ORNL Reactor-AEC 1943

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Graphite from ORNL Reactor-AEC 1943

Price: $650 Shipping: $15


Artifact from Hiroshima bombing during WWII

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Artifact from Hiroshima bombing during WWII

Description: The above roof tile was  collected from Motoyasu River near the Atomic Bomb Dome (originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial). It shows the impact of the heat from the Uranium “gun-type” bomb which was detonated at 1,968 feet. The areas exposed to the intense heat can clearly be seen.

Not for sale. 


Artifacts from Nagasaki bombing during WWII

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Artifacts from Nagasaki bombing during WWII

Description: The above roof tiles were collected near collected near Urakami Tenshudo in Nagasaki. They show the impact of the heat from the Plutonium implosion bomb which was detonated at 1,650 feet. The impact of the heat on the tiles and the glass can clealry be seen. 

Not for sale. 


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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