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  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2009
    E-Trac, F75 LTD, TDI
    124
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    Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???

    Well, back again to the Red Brick house, and this is the first weekend that neither my father-in-law or I got a large cent from the place. I did manage to scrape up a couple of little finds.

    2 Flat buttons, some more modern pants buttons and what not. A small piece of fired lead. An iron buckle, and the very oddball, gigantic lead square nail. I have never heard or seen anyone dig a lead nail and let alone being this big . It was a good 8 inches down under a rock. The small end reads in as a 12-22 and the fatter end reads a 12-36. It looks like maybe the very tip of the nail is missing. The nail is over 5 inches long and weighs 4 oz.

    If anyone has an idea about this nail, let me know. Keep'em Swinging.
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    Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
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  3. #2

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???



    Sure it's lead and not brass, copper, or bronze. Looks like what we call ship spikes but I am not sure if that's actually their use. At least not 100%. anyway.

  4. #3
    us
    Jun 2009
    E-Trac, F75 LTD, TDI
    124
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???

    Positive its lead, I bent it by accident pulling it out of the hole and bent it back straight with my hands.
    Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
    http://www.fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com/

    Oldest Copper Coin Find to Date- 1737 KG II Counterfeit
    Oldest Silver Coin Find to Date- Dateless, Spanish Half Reale

  5. #4

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???

    Quote Originally Posted by DeArmitt Pa
    Positive its lead, I bent it by accident pulling it out of the hole and bent it back straight with my hands.

    I know the majority we have found aren't lead, but I have a feeling at least a few over the years may have been. It does look exactly the same as the non lead ones we find.

  6. #5

    Mar 2008
    upstate ny
    se pro
    1,100
    3 times
    dirty pennies
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???

    I found a lead square nail a touch smaller than that once that had an iron nail inside of it. Never figured out what it might have been used for, but it crossed my mind that if one were nailing into masonry, perhaps the lead would be driven into the hole around the iron and get a better grab. an early molly bolt, of sorts, i suppose. doesn't look as though yours has any iron in it, though, which makes my last thought a little tangential.
    cool find, nonetheless!
    dirty pennies...

  7. #6

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???


    Here's what we find.

    http://www.chinaseatrading.com/resul...ch=flotsam_key
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  8. #7
    us
    Nov 2008
    Yellow Tavern Virginia
    Wilson R&C III, Minelab Safari, X-Terra 70
    41
    2 times

    Re: Big Lead Square Nail??? Any Ideas???

    Cool finds; looks like you're on to a good site. Hit it again. I think the lead nail under a rock is a
    survey marker. We still use lead to mark points in concrete sidewalks, no muss no fuss if you know
    what I mean.

    HH
    UNEARTHED

 

 

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