A COLONIAL DISCOVERY - WHAT IS IT? - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Gavinsdiscoveries

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Happy holidays everybody! Last Saturday I went metal detecting at a house site out in the middle of a field. The house is shown on 1873 and 1883 maps of the area. The house was shown on a 1933 aerial map too. I was metal detecting for about 2 hours and came home with some fascinating finds! Sadly no gold, no silver, and no coins today but hopefully that'll be coming soon!


My most exciting find of the day was some sort of hand-engraved Shield. It measures 1.75 Inches in length and 1 inch in width. It is comprised of some sort of brass, copper or composite alloy. It weighs only a few grams and has a design similar to that of a colonial Dandy button. Do you think it is colonial? Any information on this object would be much appreciated.


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Next, I found what I believe to be part of An umbrella Runner. It appears that at one point something would have slid through the hole in the middle and had two tacks hold it in place on the sides.



I discovered a 1 1/2 inch dumbbell looking thing. It has a hole through the center and one side appears to have an area where a wrench would have grabbed it.


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I dug a piece of Brass or alloy metal. The two pieces intersect and the number 15 has been punched into shorter piece of metal. I know it probably just scrap metal but what do you think it could have been from?

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Whenever I go metal detecting in this field, I pull up disks of metal with multiple holes in them. They appear to be made of brass or composite alloy and range in sizes from 1in to 2in. Do you think they were one time from the house site, or are they just tractor parts.


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I dug what I believe to be part of a cap to a hair dye bottle. It appears to have one time been cylindrical and has large Pinnacles that stick up similar to that of a comb. It appears that one time been around a bottle so what are your thoughts on that?

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When I pulled this piece out I thought I was going to be rich! I pulled out the plug to see around silver Disc. I got super excited thinking that I just dug a barber quarter or some other form of silver coin. As it turns out my excitement dissipated after picking it up. I realize that it is not a coin but as some sort of weird metallic disc. It has two notches on the sides. Do you think that's from the house site, or from a tractor?

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I hope the photos load! Any information on any of these items would be much appreciated!
Have a happy holiday!
 

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Pics 3,4,5 are a faucet valve part and electrical conduit nut. 7,8,9 top item is part of a globe holder for an oil lamp.
 

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paleomaxx

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The first item is a stamped furniture plate. Hume's guide to colonial American artifacts says it's 1690-1720 but I've personally found them on 1780-1790 sites so it may have been lost much later. Below is the illustration in the guide book and yours is closest to number 3:

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firemanphob

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could the long part in 3,4,5, and the parts 6,7,8 all be the parts of an old level wind bait casting fishing reel?
 

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bowwinkles

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could the long part in 3,4,5, and the parts 6,7,8 all be the parts of an old level wind bait casting fishing reel?

It took me a bit of time building that thought in my mind and I do now think that you may very well have the answer. The plates are the end and the bracket is the hook up to the rod and the item with the hole thru it is the part where you put the fishing line. The bottom pictures are not associated with this thought.
 

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Hard to identify as the first item appears to be missing a part. At the center top is where something is broken off as it is uneven.
 

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Older The Better

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It took me a bit of time building that thought in my mind and I do now think that you may very well have the answer. The plates are the end and the bracket is the hook up to the rod and the item with the hole thru it is the part where you put the fishing line. The bottom pictures are not associated with this thought.

I was thinking the piece with the hole was meant to wind something. I was hung up on a tuning peg of some sort but a fishing reel would make sense
 

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