✅ SOLVED Brass Object


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May 30, 2011
Central Georgia, USA
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White's Di Pro 5900
Good Morning, I have a brass object that I am having difficulty in identifying. I thought it best to get some of your opinions. The attached images show each side of the object, as well as, a view down its length. Any help is appreciated. Thank you everyone and stay safe.


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Feb 24, 2016
Elizabethtown, IN
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XP Deus ORX, Etrac, F75, Simplex, MX5, V3i, Equinox, Tesoro Vaq, F22
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All Treasure Hunting
Looks like part of an Antique Garden Hoe or hand cultivator. A stick would have went through the large hole and the hoe attachment through the smaller hole.

Could also be a confederate Bayonet socket - which makes for a much cooler relic - I would get an expert opinion on that.
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May 9, 2012
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Thank you! Perhaps I should have included that the object was found in central Georgia.
Not many accounts. But maples have been tapped in Georgia.
I doubt it is an actual spile if brass.
The design would make it easy to bend due to open areas.

A ramrod thimble is usually a flat fin where pinned. Screws were/are used on later designs unless emulating older arms..

What were they...Flag holders?
Had a spike on the bottom , and on top a wood dowel was fit inside to used to attach flag to. Graves and such.
IF yours was used for such the spike would go in the smaller hole. Pointed end of object to reduce wobble/play..
Like adding a spike to this one to stick in the ground.


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Feb 24, 2006
Occupied CSA (Richmond VA)
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White's 6000, Nautilus DMC-1, Minelab
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Wandrews, your brass find is DEFINITLY a musket/rifle's combination front barrel-band and ramrod-guide, most likely made in the first half of the 1800s. Although yours looks very similar to the one on a US Model-1841 Springfield rifle (also called the "Mississippi Rifle"), it's a little different from the M-1841. Check the photo here:
(You can click on the Wikipedia photo to see an enlarged version.)

I'll have to dig out my long-unused reference book on civil war era muskets/rifles to give you the specific ID for your find, if nobody saves me the trouble by providing it first.

Please add your Location to your T-Net profile info. It's helpful for us here in the What-Is-It? forum to know where an unknown object was dug often helps us figure out it correct identification.
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