A Few More Unusual Things From The Ground

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A continuation of my previous thread of unusual objects I have found with my metal detector (unusual in this case means not a coin, trash or easily identifiable relic)

A thick copper ring that is 2 3/4" in diameter

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An old metal cap of some kind

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And this strange pseudo-bullet thing that is less than an ounce, 2" long and 5/8" in diameter

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Also, if this 1/2" diameter 1/10 ounce metal ball were a steelie marble or ball bearing, wouldn't it be magnetic? Mine is not.

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Interesting stuff! The ring could be some piece of horse harness hardware, I have no idea on the cap, and is the bullet a lipstick? If it's lead, it's a musket ball. IMO. Congrats on the finds.
 
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If it's lead, it's a musket ball. IMO. Congrats on the finds.

Thank you! I tried scratching it with a nail, and got a silver color flecked with rust. Are there ways to tell between steel and lead? It doesn't seem like lead but it's hard to tell.
 
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Here is a photo of the top of the bullet/lipstick thing. There is a soft ridge where the two "sides" of the tube curve and meet. No holes.

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Double checked with a hematite and the ball is not magnetic and neither is the cap or bullet/lipstick (magnetic hematite sticks right onto iron and other ferromagnetic materials; it's a cool crystal to have around)
 
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I believe it is the base to an old Revlon ribbed lipstick tube.

My Goodness, you're probably right! Searching for "revlon lipstick tube" not only gives me pictures of identical "caps" but also of the strange 2" long tube! Reminds me of the scene in Holes when Stanley Yelnats finds the lipstick tube of Kissin' Kate Barlow (I hope you get the reference, otherwise there is a book you need to read and/or a movie to watch) :)
 
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Marble?

Also, if this 1/2" diameter 1/10 ounce metal ball were a steelie marble or ball bearing, wouldn't it be magnetic? Mine is not.

If its not metal and my dad had a big jar of clay marbles from either early americans or indians, could match that description.
 
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If its not metal and my dad had a big jar of clay marbles from either early americans or indians, could match that description.

It is metal because I found it with my metal detector. If it had been clay, I would've quickly regretted it when I scratched it with a wall nail. Instead, I saw a silvery color underneath what I assume is the rust and green corrosion.
 
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The green color is from copper that is in brass. I have old engines that have brass check balls in the fuel and water pumps.
It is metal because I found it with my metal detector. If it had been clay, I would've quickly regretted it when I scratched it with a wall nail. Instead, I saw a silvery color underneath what I assume is the rust and green corrosion.
 
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Those are interesting finds! Lots of good ideas on what they might be. Thanks!
 
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Interesting stuff! The ring could be some piece of horse harness hardware, I have no idea on the cap, and is the bullet a lipstick? If it's lead, it's a musket ball. IMO. Congrats on the finds.

Agree about the ring, I found a few of those in an area with a lot of horse activity.

Last picture should be a musket ball, they are not magnetic usually.
 
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