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  1. #1

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    Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    I am most interested in help on the little metal item with three holes on the bottom of the ruler. It is metal, very thin and slightly convex. It was found in the same area as the other items in this picture and I think is made of the same material as the half-moon shaped disc shown in the second picture, which is at least a quarter inch wider but pretty flat. Maybe the combination will help you out.

    Also, ideas or information on the clay thing with hole hole also appreciated. Thanks.


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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    Musket balls and looks like some fine old blue china, from china 8)
    RD

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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    shoe tap ?
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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    China looks to be blue willow pattern. I have an old original set of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim West Pa
    shoe tap ?

    Maybe.
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    Is it clay or a river rock. I have found rocks like that in small creeks with holes through them. I asked a geologist what caused it and he said there was a softer material in the rock and it washed away over the years.

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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    looks like a blue willow pattern --chinese made most likely 1700's to 1800's era (although the english made fine copies later around 1800 - 1850 in shaffordshire england)-- and a nice heel tap --(prevented the shoe heel from wearing down)-- Ivan

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumbercamp
    Is it clay or a river rock. I have found rocks like that in small creeks with holes through them. I asked a geologist what caused it and he said there was a softer material in the rock and it washed away over the years.
    My guess is clay. It was found on a small fortified island where all the other stones and rocks seemd to be of a distinctly different character. There were many of the clay items, all having a very similar hole and all having a very similar size and shape. Yet there were none that I saw made of a similar material that was of a different shape or that did not have a similar hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim West Pa
    shoe tap ?
    Possible, but I would think that the holes for a shoe tap would not be along only one edge. ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV_Digger
    China looks to be blue willow pattern. I have an old original set of it.
    Neat. Do you have an idea of the time period?

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    the shoe taps -- first photo one is front tap --taps in front nail hole all around --the other tap in the second photo is a rear or heel tap ---look at the tap photo thats posted --see the nails -- on each side and middle of the "front tap"---- the plates shards seem to be blue willow pattern --it came from china and was very popular --however in later years the english "copied" the pattern at their kilns in shaffordshire england -- the body of the plate will help tell if it "true" china or a later " 1800---1850's era english copy" --- the 1715 fleet was known to have been carrying china that was brought overland from the west coast of panama by mule train from the minila galleons from the phillipines-- Ivan

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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    I would date your site 1875, give or take 5 years.

    Regards

    Simon....

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    As I don't know anything about your site, this may sound ridiculous but...

    They remind me of metal pieces out of "jack of plate" armor. My instinct (for what its worth) and the condition of the plates (too good to be in the ground for 100's of years) tell me otherwise...

    I don't think they are shoe parts. Too thin to be taps or heel plates.

    Just my thoughts...

    Tell us more about the site and we'll tell you more about your finds.

    DCMatt
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    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt
    As I don't know anything about your site, this may sound ridiculous but...

    They remind me of metal pieces out of "jack of plate" armor. My instinct (for what its worth) and the condition of the plates (too good to be in the ground for 100's of years) tell me otherwise...

    I don't think they are shoe parts. Too thin to be taps or heel plates.

    Just my thoughts...

    Tell us more about the site and we'll tell you more about your finds.

    DCMatt
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    The site is a smaller island protecting a bay off of an island in the Eastern or windward West Indies. It has been used by native americans from way before Europeans found the island. On the island were cannon placements that I would date from 17th and 18th century. The British and French battled there in the mid 1700s and very early 1800. I have found in close proximity, the items shown in the photos in this post, plus the buttons shown in a previous post that are from the 54th and 76th British Foot, musket balls, and grapeshot, and musket parts (hammer, flint, etc.). There are still the remains of old stone walls.

    I had the feeling that the clay rectangles with holes were from the native american period, although I don't know.

    I tend to agree pretty much with you on the metal plates. I felt that the metal plates, which each have three holes along one side only, were hung on something, perhaps with little rings. They do not show evidence of wear, so if they were shoe heel plates, they were hardly used. The shape, especially of the half moon shaped one, doesn't seem quite right to me for heel plates. As you point out they are also thin. The jack of plate armour idea would not be far off of what I was thinking, but I also agree that they don't look that old, although where they were found was in sand on a very steep raised island where the only water would be rain, so they wouldn't deteriorate like they might in other types of soil or salt water. I do suspect that the island, do to its postition, would have been found very early in the days of European exploraiton.

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    us
    Oct 2006
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    Re: Plates and plates and more whatsits from old battle site

    OK, I'm still having trouble believing these metal thingies could be armor scales. Who was still wearing this type of armor in the date range you mention? I'm not an expert, but seems like most armor was abandoned within a few decades of the invention of the rifle.

    But after poking around the internet for a while (and finding a fairly significant subculture of people who are WAY into recreating this stuff) I found several examples of scale armor plates consistant with the shape and hole pattern of the ones you found.



    HOWEVER, these examples all seem to be at least 500 years older than the earliest possible discovery or habitation of your island.

    Any chance there were reenactments done or movies made at the site?

    Its a mystery...

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

 

 
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