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    Lead seal?

    Found this at an old farm site. Found along with coins and tokens from the 20s/30s. Someone stated 'mushroomed lead bullet' but I've my doubts. I'm thinking lead seal of some sort. But, anyone else have any more definitive answer?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Looks like a fired bullet that hit something solid to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icewing View Post
    Looks like a fired bullet that hit something solid to me.
    It would be one huge bullet. I can't even imagine the caliber size it would be. The 'base' of it is larger than the bore of my 12ga shotgun. It's about the outside diameter of a 12ga barrel.
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    It's a broken off head from an old lead head roofing nail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    It's a broken off head from an old lead head roofing nail.
    I've never heard of such. What era are they from?

    Edit: Also, the "nail" portion would have to be bigger around than a 12ga shotgun bore. So, I dunno. That's a thick roofing nail.
    Last edited by feral-silence; Mar 29, 2019 at 11:10 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feral-silence View Post
    I've never heard of such. What era are they from?

    Edit: Also, the "nail" portion would have to be bigger around than a 12ga shotgun bore. So, I dunno. That's a thick roofing nail.
    Search lead head roofing nails. They've been in use for a century or more. Not an uncommon find at old house sites.

    Yours does appear to be too large for a roofing nail head. It could simply be a blob of lead to fill a hole.

    Until the mid-20th C, when people learned how bad lead is for humans, they used it to repair anything and everything you can think of. But it is not a bale seal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    Search lead head roofing nails. They've been in use for a century or more. Not an uncommon find at old house sites.

    Yours does appear to be too large for a roofing nail head. It could simply be a blob of lead to fill a hole.

    Until the mid-20th C, when people learned how bad lead is for humans, they used it to repair anything and everything you can think of. But it is not a bale seal...
    Yeah, I wasn't thinking bale seal as those are usually stamped. I was thinking more of a bottle seal or some other sort of usage to seal a hole. Much like you're speaking of. It just seems a shallow hole, so not quite sure what it could have been used to seal up.
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    I'm thinking maybe a cut off part of a babbit bearing maybe? like the part to keep it from spinning.
    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    not sure what its called, but perhaps the topper, over flow of a lead pour form that was clipped
    brady

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    It's a broken off head from an old lead head roofing nail.
    Agreed, hence the iron residue.
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    It is a "pot-mend". I have seen like pieces recovered in the UK, on YouTube videos.
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