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    us
    Nov 2012
    Montana
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    Please help us ID this fur trade item-1830-1840-Montana

    Last weekend my buddy found this....at an 1830-1840 montana fur trade fort. It looks forged and very familiar but I cannot place it where I've seen before and the use. The spike tapers to a very pointed tip which looks to have been bent by farm implement some time ago. The other end has a bend and appears to be made like that. Also, this end transitions from a four side spike to a round segment. It came from a location where the fort was situated and other forged metal was uncovered. Thanks so much
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    My guess is it was an awl for leather of something soft (pelt?). The tang on the other end was probably for a wooden handle. Just a guess.
    Last edited by Erik in NJ; Jul 29, 2020 at 01:03 PM.
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  3. #3
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Looks like you found my golf putter I bent and threw into a lake a few years ago.
    Don........
    Last edited by Mackaydon; Jul 29, 2020 at 03:30 PM.
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    us
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    I really don't know but it's a fur trade sight, right?

    If I had to guess I'd say it's a stake to keep trapped furry animals from running away with the trap.
    "It's a long time between drinks."
    Attributed to John Motley Morehead
    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

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    us
    Nov 2012
    Montana
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    It is a fort dated 1833 to 1844 when they moved on and it was burned by the Indians. The land has never been inhabited or built on, so all targets pertain to that era. Just curious about this piece. Thanks for the teply

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Size:  9.3 KB masons tool left by a relic hunter years ago , still looks like cement on it.

  7. #7
    us
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    [QUOTE=ticndig;6559016]Name:  images.jpg
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Size:  9.3 KB masons tool left by a relic hunter years ago , still looks like cement on it.[/QUO

    Way to go.....damned good detective work! It is the only iron piece with that cement residue; by contrast all other items are just rust.....
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    lightning rod tip?
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    It part of a hinge for a gate. The long pointy part would be driven into wood and the other part would support the door.
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    us
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    I know exactly what your are talking about....thank you

 

 

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