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    Anybody have any thoughts on these items?

    1) How old would you guess this cabin is? It originally had shakes, but has been covered by the tin.

    2) What is this solid heavy iron bar? It is 5 feet long with a definite spike on one end, and has been flattened on the other. It is about 1 1/4 inches thick on the flattened part.
    At first I thought it was a wagon axle, but the spiked end says otherwise

    3) There is what appears to be a sandstone piece with a number on it. I think it may be the base to a key-bottom tombstone. There is another one just above the piece of iron.
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    Without any location background info, I would guess it is from the 1930’s.

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    My guess that someone had an old axel laying around but needed a spud bar and repurposed it by sharpening the end and tempering it to make it hard.
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    I deleted my posts... sorry Fireman bob...

    Thanks for the "likes" though.

    I also think repurposed "pry bar" / "digging bar".
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    I will repost my pic though

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    looks like a bit from a hydraulic drill used for mining. modern day it is called "jack hammer"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Without any location background info, I would guess it is from the 1930’s.
    The cabin is in central Virginia. The floor joists and sills are logs sitting on stone pillars. The walls have corner braces that are pegged. I really don't know any history yet about that property, but I am trying to find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firemanphob View Post
    My guess that someone had an old axel laying around but needed a spud bar and repurposed it by sharpening the end and tempering it to make it hard.
    That's a possibility, but that thing weighs at least 50 pounds.
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    May be way off base with the sandstone but the little town I live by had stone markers for the street corners, they replaced them with normal signs but some people have the old markers in their yards, maybe a similar idea just with an address? I’ve never thought of sandstone being a Choice material for a tombstone

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    I think the house is early 1900s are the boards put on with round nails or square .The stone may be a fire brick out of a stove.
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    say creskol, Does that square spike on one end look like it would fit into the socket on an anvil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reanm8er View Post
    say creskol, Does that square spike on one end look like it would fit into the socket on an anvil?
    Quite possible .. I should have taken a better photo of the spike and measurements. I may go back tomorrow and do just that.
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    When it comes to dating a structure, I always like to look at the foundation and the roof trusses from the inside. Buildings will almost always have had repairs/upgrades made to the outside, but the exposed areas on the inside will often remain unchanged from the time they were built. As capsmith already mentioned, the type of nails and hardware (hinges, door locks, window design & the glass) used are always a good indication of the age of a piece of furniture or in this case a structure. Based on the exterior pics you took, this building could date as early as the 1880s to the 1930s.

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    Last edited by ANTIQUARIAN; Apr 01, 2019 at 04:56 AM. Reason: Additional info added
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