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  1. #1

    Feb 2008
    Ohio
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    "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife..Restoration Finished

    In June I found a piece of a pocketknife at a one room schoolhouse site showing a figure with the words "Our Lamented" on it.
    There were several suggestions on the "what is it" forum that it may be Abe Lincoln and I have to give a lot of credit to Bigcypresshunter because he actually suggested that the other piece to this pocketknife may say "president".

    Bigcypresshunter, you were right on!!! I revisited the area tonight and the first piece i dug was the bottom half of the side plate that said "president" and knew exactly what it was as soon as i saw it...I swung over the hole again,got another strong signal and got the other side plate intact that says "Our Union Is Preserved" !!
    Thought you might like to see the last pieces of the puzzle come together... Thanks for havin a look!
    Jerry

    UPDATE: I think Abe is a little more presentable now. I simply used some hobby wood to take up the space that the blade or blades would have occupied. I was able to salvage the entire top pin and the head of the pin below Abe's left shoulder. The bottom pin is a cut off nail. Turns out this pocketknife was made of all brass except for the blade. Would the sideplates have been cast or stamped i wonder?
    Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th,1865 just five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. I'm sure our country was still in a terrible state of mourning when this knife was being produced. I wonder if it was therapeutic for the craftsman who designed it? My research has turned up nothing about this knife. Anyone have any suggestions for how I could find out more details about it? Thanks for all your interest!! HH, Jerry
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  2. #2

    Mar 2008
    Chicago IL
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Very cool, glad you found the rest!!!
    Come check out my MD'ing videos:
    http://youtube.com/user/TreasureFiend

  3. #3

    Apr 2007
    Michigan
    White's V3i w. D2 or Super12 White's DFX w. D2 or 5.3 Sunray DX-1, Lesche Digger
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    That is one outstanding relic.. How many of *these* are there around? Websearch turn up anything?

  4. #4
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    HECK YES!

    I LOVE it when research, intuition, and online discussion are proven in the field.


    That is an Awesome find, Jerry.




    -Buckles
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  5. #5

    Feb 2008
    spokane,wa.
    Whites Classic I.D.
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Does anybody know how many were made or by what
    company? that is a really neat find. Jimbob

  6. #6
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob450
    Does anybody know how many were made or by what
    company? that is a really neat find. Jimbob
    I have tried and can't find any info on those... could be a Valuable find.
    2019 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Solid Gold Monogrammed Thimble, c. 1840-50
    Civil War ID Disc
    1826 2 Reales
    Louisiana Pelican Civil War Button
    Eagle Cuff Button
    Eagle "I" Coat Button
    Colonial silver shoe buckle piece
    Boxlock Pistol hammer plate
    1865 2 Cent Piece
    1788, 1819 and one dateless Half Reale
    1848-O and 1854 Half Dimes
    1842-O, 1858, 1876-S and 1888 Seated Dimes
    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
    1905-O Barber Dime
    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
    Silver "Indian Head" badge
    Maynard Carbine casings (Civil War)
    Louisiana Knights Templar Badge
    Shield Nickels
    V Nackles, Beefalo knuckles and Gaw Gag

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    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...nths-late.html
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Nice find Jerry

  8. #8
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    wolf pack!!!

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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    That is like the coolest dug pocket knife iv seen Beats my pewter keen kutter to pieces, i hope to hear more about it.
    Leave no stone unturned.

  9. #9
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    Apr 2008
    Moronica, northwest of Chicago.
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Magnificent find, Jerry!!!

    I can't wait to see what info other T-Netters throw in on this knife. Talk about history - a way-cool knife!!
    God bless our veterans! Thank you for your sacrifices!

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2005
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Nice to put a puzzle together, especially a historical puzzle! HH, Mike

  11. #11
    us
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Great find Jerry and did some research and nothing - good find there I think.


    SKD
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  12. #12
    gb
    May 2008
    uk
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    wow! i remember that post!

    i would be buzzing
    Who needs Cartwheel Pennies anyway?

  13. #13

    Jul 2007
    667
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    Thanks for the folow up. Very interesting find. Congrats.

  14. #14
    AUCTIONEER

    Jul 2006
    Charlotte
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    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    That is too cool! Very awesome find indeed!!

    HH,
    Ramapirate
    Ramapirate...
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  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2007
    georgia
    garrett 1500-ace 250-garrett ads groudhog deepseeker
    2,597
    10 times

    Re: "Our Union is Preserved" Pocketknife... "Our Lamented" Revisited

    GREAT FIND.
    KYLE DISMUKE

 

 
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