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  1. #1
    us
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    what is it?

    I found this detecting the target range at a fort that was in existance from 1859 to 1868. At the same site I found dozens of 58 cal. mini balls. It is 3 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches. It is pressed out of thin brass, and is a hand holding a chisel. On the back are remnants of what seem to be ears that held it as an emblem on the outside of a satchel or something. Any guesses?
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  2. #2
    dugupfinds

    Re: what is it?

    Looks more like a cricket bat that the hand is holding.

  3. #3
    Ant
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    Re: what is it?


    I can see gripping marks on the handle (the small horizontal lines). And the wrist is covered by a cuff; I can see a button on it. It also looks like some kind of emblem is on the handle.

    Look like it could be a bat to me too now that you mentioned it.

    HH
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  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
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    Re: what is it?

    Is this a U.S. find or other country?

    DCMatt
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  5. #5

    Re: what is it?

    Definitely a cricket bat
    Don't piss down my back, then tell me it's raining.

  6. #6

    Oct 2005
    Charleston S.C.
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    Re: what is it?

    A Cricket Bat At An 1800's Fort Site In The U.S.A. ? I Find That Very Hard To Believe, It Looks More Like A Unit Crest Of Some Kind, Maybe From A Later Date. trk5capt...

  7. #7
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    Mechelle

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    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by trk5capt
    A Cricket Bat At An 1800's Fort Site In Cal. U.S.A. ? I Find That Very Hard To Believe, It Looks More Like A Unit Crest Of Some Kind, Maybe From A Later Date. trk5capt...
    So many tangles in life are so ultimately hopeless that there is no appropriate sword,other than laughter.......

  8. #8
    dugupfinds

    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by trk5capt
    A Cricket Bat At An 1800's Fort Site In The U.S.A. ? I Find That Very Hard To Believe, It Looks More Like A Unit Crest Of Some Kind, Maybe From A Later Date. trk5capt...
    Maybe the unit played cricket.

    I find WW2 capbadges on a Roman Villa site, doesn't mean they wore them & were in the Machine - Gunner Corp.

  9. #9
    PBK
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    Re: what is it?

    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.


  10. #10
    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.
    I agree doesn't look older than 1890s.

  11. #11

    Oct 2005
    Charleston S.C.
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    Re: what is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dugfinds
    Quote Originally Posted by trk5capt
    A Cricket Bat At An 1800's Fort Site In The U.S.A. ? I Find That Very Hard To Believe, It Looks More Like A Unit Crest Of Some Kind, Maybe From A Later Date. trk5capt...
    Maybe the unit played cricket.

    I find WW2 capbadges on a roman villa site, doesn't mean they wore them.
    Yes I Guess Your Right, A G.I. Can Make Him Self At Home Almost AnyWhere... trk5capt, (A Former G.I.)

  12. #12

    Oct 2005
    Charleston S.C.
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    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.
    PPK, If You Don't Mind I Think I Will Go Along With You On This One. trk5capt...

  13. #13
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    Mechelle

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    Re: what is it?

    Could it have something to do with slavery
    So many tangles in life are so ultimately hopeless that there is no appropriate sword,other than laughter.......

  14. #14
    us
    Dec 2004
    Florida
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    Re: what is it?

    Actually, this was an emblem made around 1862 by the Sterling Water Bladder Company, Allentown, PA. It was distributed to all U.S. forces to wear around their neck to remind them to drink more water and to keep their water bladders full at all time.

    If the company commander asked to see the soldiers water reminder emblem and he didn't have it, the soldier was forced to dig latrines or peel potatoes for the mess sergeant.


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

    The fort that this piece was found at was Fort Steilacoom, which is just outside of Tacoma Washington. In 1868 it was given to the Washington State Territory, and was turned into an asylum for the insane, which it is to the very day...Western Washington Mental Hospital. The piece was found in a pasture across the street from where the fort was, which is part of the Fort Steilacoom Park.

 

 
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