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  1. #1

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    Heel plate? Oil tap? Mercury button?

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ID:	1746816I havenít found much lately. Here are a few finds from way back I have been curious about. Maybe the heel plate is off a gun? It has been through my tumbler. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1746804. I would love to have found a beer tap but I donít know enough about them to say for sure. The large button is silver, maybe just a fashion piece, it is Mercury? Let me know what you think!!! Thanks in advance!!! Happy Hunting!
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    Them are some neat finds, awesome!!
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    Heel plate? Oil tap? Mercury button?

    Barrel tap, early 1800ís. whiskey, wine, or beer. Heel plate for shoes, early 1800ís looks unused. Mercury piece looks like it has an old style (1800ís) button shank. Nice finds!
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    Thanks pa-dirt for the information, my detecting career seems more complete, having the tap in my case! Thanks toecutter!

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    The heel plate looks more like a lock plate cover. Great old relics hope you get IDS. Tommy
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    The heel plate looks more like a lock plate cover. Great old relics hope you get IDS. Tommy
    You might be right Tommy, it is small for a heel plate unless it is for a child. Happy Hunting!
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    The Mercury token could be a representation re the Florist's Telegraph Delivery. It's a national
    network of florists that facilitate the delivery of fresh flowers to remote locations. You walk into
    your local florist, pick out the flowers a card and tell them the intended addressee. They send
    out a telegram or a phone call to find a florist in the area who can deliver them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reanm8er View Post
    The Mercury token could be a representation re the Florist's Telegraph Delivery. It's a national
    network of florists that facilitate the delivery of fresh flowers to remote locations. You walk into
    your local florist, pick out the flowers a card and tell them the intended addressee. They send
    out a telegram or a phone call to find a florist in the area who can deliver them.
    Thanks Reanm8ber, I enjoyed reading about the companies history. They started out in 1910, and had their mercury man logo made in 1914. It doesn’t seem to match but maybe it was a button for there uniforms, who knows. I appreciate your post!!! Thanks!
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    Well, you know in that time it could have been a button for their smock or even a set of cufflinks? Perhaps
    an achievement award? Or a set of promotional cufflinks for salesmen for Ford's Mercury division?
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    One sold on eBay, they said it was rare.

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    Thanks Reanm8ber, I sure like the ideas! Thanks Plug, I didn’t think of looking on eBay for one. I couldn’t find it in my search, what words did you use? I am curious about the listing. I think mine will clean up a little better! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggingthe1 View Post
    You might be right Tommy, it is small for a heel plate unless it is for a child. Happy Hunting!
    Definitely not a lock plate cover... and no, it is not "small for a heel plate unless it is for a child." Being a litle smaller than 2"-wide and having a cutout design means it is from an 1880s-to-early-1900s "ladies' tall shoe" heel. See the photos below.

    The "Ladies' tall shoe" with heart-cutout heelplate in the photos was found deeply buried in an 1880s town dump, in Colorado.

    Those photos were made by its finder, a dump-digger named Marty, who posted them (and the site-dating info) at the now-defunct American Relic Hunters website, about 10 years ago.

    By the way... those photos completely disprove the claims of various Ebay sellers that these small cutout design heelplates are civil war soldier heelplates.

    Having such a narrow heel would cause the shoe or boot to sink deep into the ever-present mud at military campsites and entrenchments. That is why actual soldier shoes & boots ALWAYS have a wide heel. For example, take a look at actual civil war soldier footgear (enlisted-men's shoes, officer boots, etc.) on display at various museums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggingthe1 View Post
    Thanks Reanm8ber, I sure like the ideas! Thanks Plug, I didn’t think of looking on eBay for one. I couldn’t find it in my search, what words did you use? I am curious about the listing. I think mine will clean up a little better! Thanks
    This was all I had, diggingthe1, sorry.
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    Thanks Cannonballguy, I appreciate the response. The pictures sure help put it in perspective. I sure enjoy learning about these forgotten items! Thanks for taking the time to post the link Phil! I’ll have to clean mine up a little and find a place to display it!
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