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  1. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Drawer pull or escutcheon?

    Happy 2022 all! Dug this near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. After removing a lot of rust it looks like a drawer pull, escutcheon or ______. Any help with ID and age is appreciated.
  2. ✅ SOLVED Whatzit found in the same hole as a barrel tap

    Hi all, dug both of these from the same hole near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. The top artifact is a barrel tap. The bottom artifact is a hollow tube tapered towards one end with horizontal lines similar to the barrel tap. What is the bottom artifact and was it...
  3. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Tiny sash buckle?

    Hi all, dug this near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. With the catch on one end and bar on the other - thought it could be a sash buckle. However, it is small & thin so wouldn't hold up long. Googled, but didn't find anything close. What looks like dirt on...
  4. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Selector knob of some sort?

    Hi all, dug this near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. Originally thought it was a clock hand, but after cleaning some of the dirt off, thought maybe a selector knob. Help w/ ID and age is appreciated.
  5. ✅ SOLVED Is this Eastlake style?

    Hi all, dug a pair of these hinges near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. Are they of the Eastlake style? If so, any idea what "408 SPL " engraved on the back means? If it isn't the Eastlake style, what style is it and about how old?
  6. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Skeleton key w/o a bow?

    What I first thought was part of a skeleton key was dug near the front porch of a home dating to the 1840s. However after cleaning it I noticed there was a hole in the one end with threads inside and a flat spot (at 12 o’clock in third picture). Was unable to find a photo of a skeleton key w/o a...
  7. 🏆 HONORABLE MENTION Wedding ring found and returned

    Received an email yesterday asking for assistance to recover a wedding band. The owner and I met at the park today, he showed me about when/where he lost it plus a description of the ring. Within an hour the ring was back on his finger. He was so thrilled he offered a reward to which I...
  8. ✅ SOLVED Needle valve stem(?) to what?

    All, is this a needle valve stem? If so, what is it to? If not, what is it?
  9. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Hooded man holding some playing cards or fan?

    This small brass artifact was found near at a former home site dating to the 1840s that also yielded a 1930 dog license, needle valve, and part of a hot comb. It appears to be a man wearing a hood and moustache holding some playing cards or fan in 1 hand and pointing to it/them with the other. A...
  10. 1916 or 1946 Wheat Penny found in a parking lot

    While walking through a parking lot earlier today, I saw this wheat penny staring back at me. Regardless if it was minted in 1916 or 1946, it pays to keeps your eyes open!:icon_thumright:
  11. ✅ SOLVED Arrowhead?

    All, while hiking a park in SW Ohio today I picked this up. What caught my eye were what appears to be the tiny tangs to the right on the first picture and to the bottom in the second. The third picture is a cross-section of the broken off "tip" - showing a lenticular/biconvex shape. The...
  12. Display case dedicated to my R.W. ancestor

    All, just completed the display case appearing in the picture below. It is the result of 1 1/2 years of genealogy, history, and metal detecting. The description at the top says it all.
  13. Age of picture frame?

    Hi all, found what may be a picture frame near a home built in 1835 and inhabited until about year 2000. The back is attached to the front at a single pin, which allows them to rotate (see the 3rd and 4th pictures). Did some looking on-line -- but didn't see anything like it. Other...
  14. ✅ SOLVED Age of shell button

    All, I found this button made of shell (I think) on top of the ground about 4 feet from where I dug this one-piece button. Other things dug in the vicinity were a LC, several other one-piece buttons, and a Scovill button - to name a few. The stone house that once stood there was built before...
  15. Is this a rein guide?

    The iron artifact pictured below was found at what was once a farm in SW Ohio - that was settled in the late 1790s-early 1800s and occupied up to the early 2000s. Ax heads, a complete stirrup, and horse shoes were found nearby. The right side in the first picture originally came to a point -...
  16. Cap(?) to ?

    The possible cap pictured below was found at what was once a farm in SW Ohio - which was settled in the late 1790s-early 1800s. In the center of the first & second pictures the words "PAT PEN" appear. Along the bottom rim I think is "DAYTON". Along the top of the rim I see a few more letters...
  17. Age of axe head?

    The axe head pictured below was found at what was once a farm in SW Ohio - which was settled in the late 1790s-early 1800s. Before donating it to a local museum I was hoping to narrow down the age. Any help would be appreciated. When found there was a significant amount of rust all over...
  18. Possible grave stone and wedding band of my R. W. ancestor (or just wishful thinking)

    For the past 1 ½ years I’ve been researching an ancestor of mine by the name of Nathaniel Washburn. After serving in the militia and as a Ranger on the Frontier during the American Revolution War, he and his family lived in Washington County, Pennsylvania, before moving to Adams County, Ohio in...
  19. ✅ SOLVED Brass switch with cover?

    Found this brass artifact near a farm house built in the 19th C and lived in until recently. In the first 2 pictures the lid is propped open w/ a paper clip and the darker cap inside is steel. No markings whatsoever. I'm guessing it is some sort of switch/relay with a cover - but could be way...
  20. ✅ SOLVED Age of mangled bangle

    All, found this bangle/bracelet at a farm house that dates to about the early 1800s and has been lived in ever since. There are no maker's marks but there appears to be a repeating pattern of daffodils along the rim (see close-up). Left some dirt in the low spots to make it easier to see the...
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