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    Anyone able to ID??

    Pulled this out at about 6", all the ends of the "star" were bent inward. I was able to carefully bend them back out, clean and polish it up and find a hallmark/stamp that reads West Germany. It is not magnetic...so possibly aluminum? Which would be strange because there's absolutely no blemish or flaking on it...especially buried in the ground...and who would stamp a hallmark into aluminum? Just a bit confuzzled...

    I've done my share of searching...can't find anything. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Im really not sure but you may have bent it out of shape..it looks to me like an oil lamp top the rectangular hole being for the wick...but that doesnt explain the holes so im lost on this thing too
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  3. #3
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    Well poo, I didn't even think of that. Makes complete sense too now that I look at it. Why would it say West on the top of the slot, and Germany on the bottom? And what would the slot be for? So many questions!!

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    If for an oil lamp, the holes are vents for air to get into the combustion chamber creating a upward draft.
    Also Aluminum doesn't generally corrode in the earth unless there is iron or another dissimilar metal nearby to allow for galvanic reaction although some chemicals also react with it.
    Many times I've pulled aluminum out of the ground in great shape.

    If it is from a lamp it doesn't look like it was meant to be used except for display purpose. I'm not completely sold on the lamp idea but its a good guess.
    The "whats it" forum is a great place to get an ID, those guys simply amaze me.
    Last edited by Ism; Aug 05, 2012 at 06:47 AM.
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    It is part of a vintage Christmas ornament.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/10425399...w_type=gallery
    Last edited by willie d; Aug 05, 2012 at 10:59 AM.
    lookindown and fuzymunky like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willie d View Post
    It is part of a vintage Christmas ornament.
    Wire Wrapped Ornaments Glass and Garland West by FingerLakesFinds
    Check you out! How in the heck did you find that?! Way to go!
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    Hey willy it seems you have a special searcher... Congratulations on the Id

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    WOW! that is all i have to say very impressed with Willie d!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie d View Post
    It is part of a vintage Christmas ornament.
    Wire Wrapped Ornaments Glass and Garland West by FingerLakesFinds
    Like a freakin' mind reader, holy COW! Thanks a bunch willie!

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    I am always amazed here by the members abilities to ID things!

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    Wow wouldnt have thought that lol I thought it was bigger
    Metal Detecting:
    2 Indian Head Cents (1885)(1907)
    1 Silver Roosevelt Dime
    1 Silver Ring
    1 Half Dollar
    17 Quarters
    52 Dimes
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    9 Finnish Marks, 1 Canadian Cent
    2 Rosary Crosses
    4 Keys
    1 Bugs Bunny Charm
    1 Junk ring
    1 Master Lock
    3 Junk Earrings
    1 Watch

    CRH
    Cents-75$--- 30-Wheats 1-Panama Cent 24-Canadian Cents 13.9Lbs-Copper

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    no you should have left them bent in!! it is for an old oil lamp!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coryide123
    no you should have left them bent in!! it is for an old oil lamp!!!
    They were bent completely over themselves, so either way they were not in their proper position.

    As pointed out earlier in this thread (thank you again), its the top to a Christmas ornament. Link was provided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzymunky View Post
    Like a freakin' mind reader, holy COW! Thanks a bunch willie!
    You're welcome. Glad I could help.

    Thanks for all the great comments guys.
    Last edited by willie d; Aug 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM.
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    Willie just a question (that most of us are thinking) how the heck did you come up with the answer I mean it looks almost as magic...

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