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    Cool Lock & Button

    Went back out to one of my favorite farms here in the Valley on Friday for a very short hunt. This farm has yielded some silver coins, IH, a Confederate Block A Button, 4 axe heads and other misc. items. I've hunted primarily with my MXT Pro and, recently, my T2SE, but hadn't used my AT Pro there at all - I've really only used it in the water for the last year, but I really liked using the machine on land on Friday. Anyway, found this cool RFD MAIL lock and what I believe is a very old button - maybe early 1800's? It's a little smaller than a penny and has some really nice gilt on it.

    Here's some history on the lock quoted from a couple of websites:

    "RFD" - "MAIL". 2 1/8" high x 1 5/8" wide. Brass case. Brass shackle. Warded. Mfg by: S. R. Slaymaker.

    Since it began as an experiment in 1896, Rural Free Delivery (RFD) Service enabled an increasing number of rural Americans to send and receive mail from their residences. To receive the service, a family’s mailbox had to be easily accessible, and on the road traveled by their carrier. Families whose homes were far away from their mailbox insured the security of their mail by attaching locks to the mailbox. Local postmasters allowed this practice, as long as carriers were provided with a key.
    Manufacturers addressed this need by producing and selling specially labeled “RFD” mail locks. The official-looking locks were neither produced nor provided by the Post Office Department.


    The house on this farm is about 100 yards from the main road, so this would make sense. Found it in the back yard. Thanks for taking a look. I might work on that lock a bit and see if I can't "spruce it up."
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    Last edited by Old Stonewall; Sep 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM.
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    Nice love the lock. The old locks sound off.

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    Yes, it rang out loud and clear - even at 8".
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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    You said you had made some cool finds yeaterday Richard and you were correct. Is that lock from "Mayberry RFD"?-LOL. Some Confederate soldier probably wore that button from home. WTG, Quindy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VOL1266-X View Post
    You said you had made some cool finds yeaterday Richard and you were correct. Is that lock from "Mayberry RFD"?-LOL. Some Confederate soldier probably wore that button from home. WTG, Quindy.
    Hey Quindy - yeah, I thought about that show too. Love the old buttons. BTW, I found this button about 10 feet from where I dug the Block A.
    Last edited by Old Stonewall; Sep 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM.
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    Nice hunt! Love that button. I dug a lock just like that. You are in a good spot. Thanks for sharing.Name:  100_1376.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnmountains View Post
    Nice hunt! Love that button. I dug a lock just like that. You are in a good spot. Thanks for sharing.Name:  100_1376.JPG
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    Yep, identical. Thanks!
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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    Nice finds, you're right about the button, early-mid 1800's. I think I might have an identical match that also had a tin back. I'll look and see and post a pic. I found it on an early 1800's site in VA.

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    umrgolf
    Found it... not identical but fairly similar, probably same maker

    Anyhow, again great finds
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    Quote Originally Posted by umrgolf View Post
    Found it... not identical but fairly similar, probably same maker

    Anyhow, again great finds
    Yes, it is similar - nice one. The gilt on mine really doesn't show up well in the photo here but it is quite spectacular - some of the best I've ever seen on an old button coming out of the ground after a couple hundred years. The finds kinda trickel out of this particular site, but it keeps on givin'!
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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    I have never found a lock in that nice of a condition...the MD gods were shining upon you....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzjavert View Post
    I have never found a lock in that nice of a condition...the MD gods were shining upon you....
    Thanks MZ - all brass.
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    Proud great-great grandson of three Confederate soldiers: John Meredith Crutchfield who served with the 60th Virginia, Maurice Coffey, & John McGann who both served with the 51st Virginia. Grandpa Crutchfield and Grandpa Coffey were both wounded and both served time in Yankee prisons.

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    Really cool lock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaMark View Post
    Really cool lock!
    Hey Mark - thanks. We gotta get together soon for a hunt. BTW, JUST finished cleaning the lock and polishing it. Looks almost new! I'll post some new pics soon.
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    cool

 

 
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