- Aug 1, 2017
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- All Treasure Hunting
Nice!!! Congrats!!!View attachment 2047217 Found this detecting near a brick farm house built in 1839 and inhabited until recently. At the bottom of the 1st picture there are 1-2 threads however no maker's mark appears. Looked at 100s of Google images and several treasurenet postings without a close match. According to a history book a log cabin occupied the site before the farm house was built. Found artifacts spanning this period from a flat button with “LONDON” and 3 stars on the back side to modern coins. Any help with ID and/or age is appreciated.
Thanks ARC. You are correct about the general rule. Will look at hitching posts also.Almost certainly not a finial.
As a general "rule of thumb" ... finials are almost always threaded inside.... aka "female".
Possible guide but could be many things... even from hitch post.
CBG, as always thanks for the confirmation and education!The key ID-clue is the object's "provision for attachment." You noticed that on yours the attachment-form matches the typical late-1800s/early-1900s rein guide (a.k.a. "rein terret"). As ARC already astutely noted, "tabletop" lamp and oil/kerosene heater finials always have female threads. A hanging-lamp finial would have to include a way to attach the finial "from above." Notice that no wear-marks at all show at the top of your finial, where a hanging-cord or chain would've had to have been attached... so apparently, it was never hung from something over head. Definitely a rein guide.
CBG, yes I remember that picture in the "old link" I posted last Tuesday. Researching more the same picture appears on The National Horse Brass Society website in a discussion about Fly Head Terrets which according to the article were worn on a horse's head and other parts of the harness such as the cart saddle or even on rump straps. Mainly for decorative purposes. I was under the impression that a rein guide on the other hand is what reins are passed through to prevent them from getting tangled-up.Gare said:
> I do not think a rein type guide would have sharp edges.
> Gare, me neither. All those I've found prior are circular - which is why I posted on TNet.
Okay then, please take a close look at the rein-guides at the lower-right edge and center-left edge and at the bottom edge of this early-1900s advertisement... where you'll see several which are (hollow) diamond-shaped.