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    2-part iron object, 18th-20th century

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    Any thoughts on this item? As the thread title states, it is a 2-part iron object. From a location of a mid-18th century house, though there is a bit of early 20th century trash scattered around.

    The opening in the base is 3/4" deep, and has two "flanges", as if to keep it from rotating on a pole of some sort. The top piece (that looks a bit like a plunger) extends down slightly into the cavity.
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    I believe in the first photo some text is showing (upside down) near the opening on the end. Possibly dusting it with flour and wiping away the excess may leave some in the indented mark and make it decipherable.
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    My guess is that it's a shaft tip with a button on the end for attaching a leather piece. Possibly some type of horse furniture? Off a harness or a hame?


    I also see the possible lettering nhbenz is seeing.
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    Perhaps some ornate cemetery grave iron ?
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    Looks a bit like a whistle.
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    Thanks for the input. It is neither a bell nor a whistle. There is no text on it...just a trick of the light in that photo. Possibly something horse/carriage related, but I'm coming up empty on searches.

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    It's cool that's for sure, did you do the preservation on that yourself, it looks fantastic! Great job.
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    No help here, but in bottom pic, there appears to be tool marks on the round part...I don't see threads on the other end, not sure if something that old would be threaded anyway..cool find tho and yes-excellent preservation...Ddf

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.ALLEN View Post
    It's cool that's for sure, did you do the preservation on that yourself, it looks fantastic! Great job.
    Yes, I did the electrolysis to clean and preserve the object.

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    I'm wondering if this is some sort of fastener for leather top on a carriage. The slot could mount a slender "top bow" and the button on the end would secure the fabric. Also, the part around the button base appears to be worn smooth.


    But I'm just guessing. I can't find anything to back up my theory.


    It does look to be a mass produced piece.


    Does the hole in the bottom go all the way through?
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    No, the opening in the bottom is only 3/4" deep, and doesn't connect with the central cavity seen in the third photo. Thanks for your input.

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