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  1. #16
    dugupfinds

    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK
    I suspect that this item may be related to one of the many late 19th - early 20th century fraternal orders.

    As for the "cricket bat" theory: 1) the sizes of the hand and "bat" are totally disproportionate; 2) the hand is grasping the "bat" by the blade rather than the handle.
    I said it looks more like a cricket bat. (Than a chisel) Not that it is one.

  2. #17
    Ant
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    us
    Aug 2006
    Cali
    Glold Bug 2 MineLab SE
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    Re: what is it?



    Could be a wood chisel, I don't think it looks like a cold chisel.

  3. #18
    PBK
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    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dugfinds
    I said it looks more like a cricket bat. (Than a chisel) Not that it is one.
    So you did.

    However, Tyre Kicker said...

    Quote Originally Posted by tyre kicker
    Definitely a cricket bat


  4. #19

    Jun 2003
    Massachusetts
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    Re: what is it?

    looks like a masons trowel

  5. #20
    us
    Jul 2004
    Indy
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    Re: what is it?

    Not a clue here,,, neat looking find though, WTG!!!
    Good luck, & Happy hunting~

  6. #21
    us
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
    Minelab Equinox 600, EX II, & Musketeer, White's Classic
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    Metal Detecting

    Re: what is it?

    I suspect that this item may be related to one of the many late 19th - early 20th century fraternal orders.
    I have to agree with PBK. I don't think this is a military item.

    I thought it might be for a specialist like a wheelwright or a carpenter, but badges for those specialties (that I could find) were self evident - like a wheel or crossed hammers or a saw.

    DCMatt
    "It's a long time between drinks."
    Attributed to John Motley Morehead
    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

  7. #22
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    Mechelle

    May 2006
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    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt
    I suspect that this item may be related to one of the many late 19th - early 20th century fraternal orders.
    I have to agree with PBK. I don't think this is a military item.

    I thought it might be for a specialist like a wheelwright or a carpenter, but badges for those specialties (that I could find) were self evident - like a wheel or crossed hammers or a saw.

    DCMatt
    Arm & Hammer
    So many tangles in life are so ultimately hopeless that there is no appropriate sword,other than laughter.......

  8. #23

    Mar 2006
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    Re: what is it?


  9. #24
    dugupfinds

    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo
    I used to be slapped with crictet bats (Paddles) at school as well, or does it have another use?

  10. #25
    us
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
    Minelab Equinox 600, EX II, & Musketeer, White's Classic
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    Re: what is it?

    If this is a chisel, why does it have ridges on the blade?

    Maybe this represents an artillery gunners vent brush or pick.

    Or maybe it just shows proper hand position for milking a cow... :P I don't know...

    DCMatt
    "It's a long time between drinks."
    Attributed to John Motley Morehead
    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

  11. #26
    us
    Jan 2006
    Washington State
    Garrett GTAX 550. Garrett Pro Pointer
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    Re: what is it?

    Appreciate all the responses to this find. Guess I may never know what it really was, but it is one of my more interesting finds, and will know doubt make for conversation for years to come. Thanks all, and thanks for the warm welcome to this site.....

  12. #27
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    Mechelle

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    Re: what is it?

    Guys the band around the wrist looks almost like a restraint of some kind... Also, the hand looks feminine....like a womans
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    So many tangles in life are so ultimately hopeless that there is no appropriate sword,other than laughter.......

  13. #28
    history.hunter

    Re: what is it?

    I have to agree with michelle. The first thing I noticed when I looked at this item was that That is definately a female hand with some sort of bracelet. I haven't let figured out when she is holding. I am still working on that.

  14. #29
    history.hunter

    Re: what is it?

    Ok, You said this place has been an insane asylum for a very long time. So, mabe it has nothing to do with the fort or military at all. Mabe it has something to do with the nursing staff at the hospital. Perhaps some sort of button or pin to signify that nurses position or something. Just a guess from the clues.

  15. #30
    us
    Jan 2006
    Washington State
    Garrett GTAX 550. Garrett Pro Pointer
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    Re: what is it?

    You guys still workin on this one, huh? Really appreciate the attention this one has brought. Maybe alittle background imformation may help....Yes it was found in the vicinity of, what is now, Western State Hospital. About 300 yards away, across the street, and out in the middle of a very unkept piece of land, with very unruley grasses. I was told that at one time it was a hay field for the cattle that were raised on the site that the inmates cared for, and helped make the mental institution self supporting. Though the barns are still there, this project was done away with before 1940. Because I believed that any established fort had to have had a target practice area, I believed that field had to be the location for reasons...One, it was close to the fort, two, it had the only hill in the area that could stop any stray bullets, and three, as soon as I began detecting it I began finding dozens of 58 cal., three ringed miniballs, along with an occational smooth bore ball. Bingo! In the midst of all this I found the piece in question. Other notable finds was the sabre drag I also have posted on this site, a captain's bar, and a one sided 1850's type coin replica, which I think came out of a piece of jewelry. Because out in the middle of a unkept area, other than a piece of tin foil now and then, very little trash has been found. The mental hospital itself began in 1869 with 33 patients plus staff, and occupied some of the 33 buildings that were part of the original fort. And has slowly grown into the mental facility that it is today. The only buildings remaining from the original fort are 4 officers quarters, which have been beautifully refurbished. If you look up Fort Steilacoom on the internet, it shows these buildings, and tells that at one time or the other were occupied by famous civil war officers such as George McClellen, US Grant, Pickett, among others. When looking at the pictures of these building, the field is behind the location of where the picture was taken, approximately 300 yards back....Thats all I have. I know, it isn't much.....

 

 
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