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    Is this a copper spearpoint?

    I just found this in Trempealeau Co. in WI. About 7 inches in the dirt. Can anyone tell me how to clean it up and straiten it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Since you posted this in New Member Introductions - Welcome Aboard! Take a look at Forum:Wisconsin for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state. Hmmm - sure looks like a tent stake?
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    That is awesome!
    I actually just moved back to the La Crosse area (Holmen to be exact) and i have been doing tons of research.
    A copper point is on my bucket list! That is amazing find!
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    Yes it is! It's copper culture, which is pre-Columbus. I'm not sure I'd try to straighten it. If you do you have to heat it, quench in cold water, bend a tiny bit. Repeat at least 6-10 times, you have to go slow. It might also snap. THAT WILL change the color of it and you won't get the original color back. I'd leave it alone. It's very, very nice.

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    Very cool find!

    IMHO: do not try to correct any defects in the artifact.

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    Thats awesome, what was you using to find it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Yes it is! It's copper culture, which is pre-Columbus. I'm not sure I'd try to straighten it. If you do you have to heat it, quench in cold water, bend a tiny bit. Repeat at least 6-10 times, you have to go slow. It might also snap. THAT WILL change the color of it and you won't get the original color back. I'd leave it alone. It's very, very nice.
    Smokey, that is all incorrect for annealing non ferrous metals such as copper or brass. To anneal (soften) copper or brass one has to heat the metal to around 1100 degrees F or until slightly red and then air cool slowly. A cold water quench will return the hardness to the metal and make it brittle. One would not have to repeat, but you are correct that there would be no natural patina left and the metal would change color. I don't think any restoration would increase it's value or aesthetics, any attempt to clean or straighten it will only cause problems. I am a silver and gold smith and have worked brass and copper also, you never quench these metals when annealing.
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    Very nice find, Congrats!!!

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    Fisher F22. Just got it for my 62nd birthday this winter. Never dreamed I would actually find a spearpoint here in tremp co. I bought the Fisher to look on my family property that my dad had collected over 30 arrowheads in EauClaire Co. I was told that if the arrow heads were there I could probable find the copper as well.
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    Does anyone know how much it may be worth if I sold it?

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    It looks like the completed ebay listings are around 100-500. I would keep it for sure! That would be a highlight in my case, Please find some more!!! what a great find.

 

 
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