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    Mar 2017
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    Civil War Relics?

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    I am hunting a Union camp, and often find things that I wonder if they are Civil War relics or not(I also find modern things in this area). The thing I am holding is brass, and I have put it next to the Jhook for comparison(Jhook and triangle dug on previous hunt). It looks as though it may have been cylinder in shape, but has been flattened. Any advice on the items above would be appreciated.

    By the way.. I dug a Eagle I button last week! my best find yet. Was very excited!

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    Apr 2013
    La Vergne, TN
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    No idea, but great finds. Looks like you are in a really good area. GOOD LUCK

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    Your brass object looks like the bottom off of a light bulb.

  4. #4
    Feb 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    The triangle piece and "J" hook are from a Civil War era knapsack.

  5. #5
    Nov 2006
    Varies with location and conditions.
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    it looks like a flattened light bulb socket from a lamp.

  6. #6
    Mar 2010
    Southwest Georgia
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    I don't think it is a light bulb base as it has too many grooves and they don't spiral.
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  7. #7
    Feb 2016
    Water Valley, Mississippi
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    Bottom right first picture is a Back-band belly strap buckle or hook.(Horse tack) I have found countless versions of these, Some are in the J. M. Eiliers saddelry and horse tack 1907. Same photo top left, 1/2 horse bridal bit. That all I can tell you, I'm gone take a nap now............
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    Feb 2006
    Occupied CSA (Richmond VA)
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    About your iron relics (photo #1):
    Upper left, about half of ONE SIDE of a horse-bridle "snaffle bit." See the photo below to view a fully intact one. Unfortunately, a snaffle bit cannot be dated with 100% certainty because snaffle bits have been being manufactured from before the civil war all the way up to today. And, although a few million horses were used by the armies during the civil war, over 100 million horses were used by civilians from 1866 into the 1930s. That's why most of the horse-harness buckles & bits, etc that we dig was civilian-usage stuff and was from after the civil war.

    Upper right, a miscellaneous iron rectangular buckle. As with your snaffle bit, this buckle being dug in a yankee camp, it's probably military, but no specific ID is possible... it could be from the bottom of a cartridge-box, or a soldier's knapsack strap, or horse-harness, or quite a few other leather-strap possibilities.

    Lower left, part of a buggy or wagon seat leaf-spring assembly.

    Lower right, Beshires 1 is correct, it is a horseharness (or mule harness) back-band hook. More specifically, it appears to be a "Plow Boy" back band hook, from plow-harness. See the diagram below, scanned from a very-early-1900s saddlery & horseharness catalog.
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