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  1. #1
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    Mr Boomer

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    Old iron spike like object


    This object was dug at a wooded location in Alabama that played a large part in Andrew Jackson's campaign during the creek indian war 1813-1814.

    I'm stumped, nobody seems to know what it is though some have guessed as what it could be used for...not really the same. So if anyone has a clue, guess away.

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    I'll work for Gumbo.


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    Mr Boomer

    Jun 2009
    Gadsden, Al
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    It is forged iron, approx 7 inches long and was at one time two sepperate pieces.
    I'll work for Gumbo.


  3. #3

    Jun 2006
    Victoria & Corpus Christi Texas
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Agree with Spooky...grounding spike.

  4. #4

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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    looks like a spike from a spike type drag for field work

  5. #5
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    Dec 2004
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Kinda short for a grounding rod I would think. You could get . http://masterslic.tripod.com/FAQ-2/19.html
    I wouldnt trust a ground rod that short. Is that a wire connected to it?

    It almost looks like a railroad spike with something else..

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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    I think that is a spike off of a very crude piece of horse drawn farm equipment. I will post a photo of what I think it is in a bit. I dug it a while back, but still don't know what its intended use was or how it was used. I will run out to my garage and get it .
    "Wherever I go .. That's where I'll be!"

  7. #7

    Nov 2007
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Quote Originally Posted by thepoolguy
    looks like a spike from a spike type drag for field work
    I agree,arent ground rods copper?
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  8. #8
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Quote Originally Posted by kuger
    I agree,arent ground rods copper?
    I have seen copper coated iron and steel but they are 8 feet long.

  9. #9
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Quote Originally Posted by creskol
    I think that is a spike off of a very crude piece of horse drawn farm equipment. I will post a photo of what I think it is in a bit. I dug it a while back, but still don't know what its intended use was or how it was used. I will run out to my garage and get it .
    Here is the item that I dug. Unfortunately, the spike that was on the end fell out as I was carrying it back to my truck, but it had an attachment on it that looked similar to yours that hand a ring or link of chain attached to it. I assume that it was a connecting point for whatever this is, perhaps a field drag as previously stated. It was missing the spike on the other end when I found it. I added the piece of chain seen in the photo to hang it by, and it is not original to the piece.
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  10. #10

    Apr 2007
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Yep
    Ground Spike
    Protects a house from a lighting strike
    Brady

  11. #11

    Apr 2007
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Do I see a hint of a copper color in the photos?
    Brady

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    Dec 2008
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Quote Originally Posted by creskol
    I think that is a spike off of a very crude piece of horse drawn farm equipment. I will post a photo of what I think it is in a bit. I dug it a while back, but still don't know what its intended use was or how it was used. I will run out to my garage and get it .
    creskol, what you have is part of a spike tooth harrow.

    http://pilgrim.ceredigion.gov.uk/ind...articleid=1500

  13. #13
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    Jan 2010
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    I have seen spikes like this used for tree lightning rods. You just run wire up to the top of a tree and just drive any old stake or a chisel like this one and use a galvanized ground rod clamp on it.
    Sorry the picture, is not a good one.
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Quote Originally Posted by taz42o
    Quote Originally Posted by creskol
    I think that is a spike off of a very crude piece of horse drawn farm equipment. I will post a photo of what I think it is in a bit. I dug it a while back, but still don't know what its intended use was or how it was used. I will run out to my garage and get it .
    creskol, what you have is part of a spike tooth harrow.

    http://pilgrim.ceredigion.gov.uk/ind...articleid=1500
    Cool! Thanks! .. Sure is delicate as it is. The wood portion is only 2 1/4 inches in diameter. I wonder how it attached to the other members?
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    Mr Boomer

    Jun 2009
    Gadsden, Al
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    Re: Old iron spike like object

    Not a ground rod, I'm an electrician and I've seen hundreds. It is forged iron and the color is from me using electrolosys on it and then spraying it with a shelac type spray.

    The piece sticking out of the side is iron also, I can't tell if it's a set screw or if it was a rod made into that piece, possibly with a ring on it.

    As for a spike harrow? That's a good question and it very well might be, although I don't recall hearing of the site ever being cultivated. It is heavily wooded and kinda boggy in places.

    Some thought it might have boon a picket pin at first but it is way too short, although it looks as if someone has hammered it into something in the past.

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    I'll work for Gumbo.


 

 
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