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  1. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Horseshoe and carvings

    I think the quakers are worth looking into. I haven't heard much abiut them out here. The rockface is sedimentary rock. It's part of a series of boulders around 20 feet high
  2. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Horseshoe and carvings

    No, this carving is on a small cliff face. It doesn't seem to be worked in any other way.
  3. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Horseshoe and carvings

    That's interesting. Somebody did suggest that it was a grave marker.
  4. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Horseshoe and carvings

    Good evening all. While exploring the woods of Western PA, near the Allegheny River, we came across some carvings on a rock outcropping deep in the woods. The carving looks like it says P.CSH.D July 18. 1691 It could also be 1891, it's hard to say what the second digit it. Also, the J in July...
  5. Perry Had Treasure in 1895 New York or New Jersey

    If I had a nickel for every time this happened I'd spend them all and then lie about burying it.
  6. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    Definitely an easier test than carrying around a caliper and taking measurements.
  7. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    I did a few measurements, and it looks to be consistent with a model 1855 bayonet that was later modified for use on a more modern rifle, making it more similar to a 1873 bayonet. They supposedly used a process called "cold shrinking" to slightly decrease the socket diameter. I have no idea how...
  8. ✅ SOLVED Spear Point?

    It's a bit odd that it's made out of brass, I thought halberds were more from the age of steel. It could be decorative.
  9. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    Another source ( says that an obvious difference between the 73 and the 55 is that the 55 has a 3" long blade socket, while the 73 has a 2 5/8 blade socket. This one has a 3" blade socket. It could be a 55 that was modified for use with the later...
  10. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    Ok, this is what I was looking at. The difference in diameter was actually closer to 0.05", specifically 3/64 of an inch. However, the diameter difference gunsil posted looks closer to 1/10-1/5 of an inch, which is significantly more.
  11. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    Interesting, the website I read may have been talking about units converted from 1855 model to 1873 model in that case. I'll have to checkvthe website later.
  12. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    I looked into it, and the difference between a model 1855 (potentially civil war) and a model 1873 (indian wars/spanish american war) is that the inner diameter is 0.02 inches larger on the 1855. I'll probably need calipers to measure something like that, so I'll let you all know on monday after...
  13. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    I had suspected that might be the case, but I'll do some measurements when I get the chance. I'll see what I come up with. I can compare the inner diameter of the tube with the outer diameter of common rifle barrels. Is there any way to tell if it is original vs reproduction?
  14. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    I bought this bayonet for $15 earlier today, and I know nothing about it. Neither did the guy who sold it. The only identifying mark is a U.S. at the base of the blade. I think this means it is either an authentic or reproduction Civil War weapon. It seems to have been painted black at some...
  15. EE series $75 bonds

    Hello, all. I figured the paper currency threa was best for this, but let me know if I should ask elsewhere. I inherited a whole bunch of EE series $75 bonds from the 1980s. I don't really know how to cash them in, though. The treasury dept says either doing a bunch of paper work and sending it...
  16. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Spoon Hallmarks

    Well, that's unfortunate. I suppose it would explain why the marks are so worn if the maker wanted them to be intentionally vague. Is there an approximate age on this? I found it next to a flat button, which should date the site to late 1700s-early 1800s. I thought the silver looked a little...
  17. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Spoon Hallmarks

    What makes you say that?
  18. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Spoon Hallmarks

    I've been looking at the charts to try and find these spoon hallmarks, but I'm having a little trouble. It might be Lion (sterling), crowned lion (London), C (1778, 1798, or 1818), then a bust (either a maker's mark or a duty mark). However, I'm not sure the first mark is a Lion, and I can't...
  19. Sewing machines

    Thanks a lot everyone, I considering having these scrapped. Now it looks like I may have a few grand worth of stuff.
  20. Sewing machines

    I han't thought about tent/agriculture applications, but it makes sense. It's too bad we don't have many of those nearby us, but I'll look around.