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    A tack for what?

    A tack for what?

    It has a Kangaroo on it??
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    Re: A tack for what?

    Could it be a decorative picture nail. ( to hang a painting, etc.)
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    Re: A tack for what?



    Steamer trunk tack/nail. Looks more like a sitting dog to me...

    If it is a dog, this could be an early security device - a tack dog. Get it? Sorry...

    DCMatt
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    Re: A tack for what?

    I agree with Matt... trunk or furniture tack

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    Re: A tack for what?

    Sitting fox, maybe. Is there a tail wrapped around the lower parts of the feet?

    http://www.furtrade.org/

    (Check the background logo on this site).

    Here's a stretch. The sitting fox was a London lock and barrel cartouche that the Natives came to look for on high quality goods (the English made guns were better than the French & Spanish et. al.) It may have been used to mark guns for the Northwest Trade Company, and they used good (Grice and Wheeler) locks. Came to be so if it didn't have a sitting fox on it it was worth less to the Natives. It now symbolizes the whole fur trade era. (Search on "Sitting Fox, Fur Trade") Maybe the tack is a way of adding a mark to other goods for trade?

    I don't KNOW that is what the tack is for, but it's a good thought (they also sold tacks as a trade item to Natives for decoration). Could also be an ornamental rivit

    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    Re: A tack for what?



    Well waddaya know... A fox in a circle... Early 19th c logo for the Northwest Company (Canadian). A recognized symbol of quality in it's day... Looks right to me...

    DCMatt
    "It's a long time between drinks."
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    dugupfinds

    Re: A tack for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY)
    Sitting fox, maybe. Is there a tail wrapped around the lower parts of the feet?

    http://www.furtrade.org/

    (Check the background logo on this site).

    Here's a stretch. The sitting fox was a London lock and barrel cartouche that the Natives came to look for on high quality goods (the English made guns were better than the French & Spanish et. al.) It may have been used to mark guns for the Northwest Trade Company, and they used good (Grice and Wheeler) locks. Came to be so if it didn't have a sitting fox on it it was worth less to the Natives. It now symbolizes the whole fur trade era. (Search on "Sitting Fox, Fur Trade") Maybe the tack is a way of adding a mark to other goods for trade?

    I don't KNOW that is what the tack is for, but it's a good thought (they also sold tacks as a trade item to Natives for decoration). Could also be an ornamental rivit

    Interesting theory but I found it here in the UK.

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    Re: A tack for what?

    The sitting fox was a London proof mark . . . and Canada was a tad short of manufacturing facilities during the fur trade. Heck, they just got electricity in 1955 or so. Canada never learned it was better to split away, buy local and go it on their own from Mother England.

    Maybe it has some island history prior to the NWT Co.?
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    Re: A tack for what?

    Interesting theory but I found it here in the UK.
    An I found a EURO .50 in my neighbors yard last month (Washington DC suburbs). Stuff gets around...

    If you have a few minutes, read about the Northwest Company. They were a big company in the early 1800's and did trading with Britain (furs and other goods). Lots of stuff came from Canada while Napolean had the Baltic Sea blockaded and relations with America were breaking down.

    They also imported quality firearms (as stated) that were made in Britain and carried the "fox in the circle" logo.

    DCMatt
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    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

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    dugupfinds

    Re: A tack for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt
    Interesting theory but I found it here in the UK.
    An I found a EURO .50 in my neighbors yard last month (Washington DC suburbs). Stuff gets around...

    If you have a few minutes, read about the Northwest Company. They were a big company in the early 1800's and did trading with Britain (furs and other goods). Lots of stuff came from Canada while Napolean had the Baltic Sea blockaded and relations with America were breaking down.

    They also imported quality firearms (as stated) that were made in Britain and carried the "fox in the circle" logo.

    DCMatt
    Of course I know stuff moves around, I have plenty of proof of that. I just read the context wrong & thought the he thought I lived in the US.

    The Canadian button in the same field says "Made in Canada"
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    Re: A tack for what?

    No, no. I follow the "Big Field" reports avidly though I don't post.
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

  12. #12
    dugupfinds

    Re: A tack for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY)
    No, no. I follow the "Big Field" reports avidly though I don't post.
    Its the HUGE FIELD & I'm taking a break from it as finds are few & far between, if you know what I mean. Nice to have you 'on board'.

    I think it possible what you guys have come up with, I thought it very unusual as I have found thousands of tack but none decorated like this. So a first for me, which in my eyes beats the Roman coins.

    I'm looking forward to a Rally near Pewsey on Mothering Sunday. I will report back, sunday night.

 

 

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