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assay office

a local testing station for assaying ore, as gold or silver, especially a government station maintained in connection with the registration of mineral claims, purchases of gold, or the like.
Origin of assay office
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All the places I had to search for her were the stable and the assay office.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • I've seen him like this before—the night he shot our own men in the assay office.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • The duty is paid at the assay office at the time the goods are sent to be marked.

  • "I have had it stamped at the assay office, father," she replied.

    Jack and the Check Book

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • "That's the assay office estimate," said the miller, with a smile.

    Jack and the Check Book

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • They had for the former purpose an assay office more than 500 years ago, which is mentioned in their books.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • He was partner with a man named Hogan in an assay office and knew a good many mine managers and superintendents.

    The Lilac Girl

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The maker put his stamp on the piece prior to sending it to the assay office.

  • "As soon as the roads are fit, I want to go to the assay office in Denver and cash up on past efforts," was his opening statement.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • A paste-pot left overnight in an assay office was found in the morning filled with the oddest collection of rubbish.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews

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