πŸ”Ž UNIDENTIFIED Brass plumbing part or?

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Found this detecting near a brick farm house built in 1839 and inhabited until recently. Looking at the 1st picture the horizontal part is a pipe that connects the 2 vertical sides. The opening of the pipe can be seen in the last 2 pictures. 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 β€œLONDON” and 3 stars on the back side to modern coins. Any help with ID and/or age is appreciated.

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Very strange piece! I like the crudeness about it. That would definitely be mounted and hung for a conversation piece.
 
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Very strange piece! I like the crudeness about it. That would definitely be mounted and hung for a conversation piece.
creskol, I agree. This has to be among the most unusual things I've ever dug. The only other thing I could think of is part of an old car - but that is a wag too.
 
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creskol, I agree. This has to be among the most unusual things I've ever dug. The only other thing I could think of is part of an old car - but that is a wag too.
Back in the 1800's old farms and rural houses had brick outbuildings, a good distance from the main house, where they had carbide drips to make gas for their house lights. I want to say that it is a piece of that apparatus, but I wouldn't swear to it.
 
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Back in the 1800's old farms and rural houses had brick outbuildings, a good distance from the main house, where they had carbide drips to make gas for their house lights. I want to say that it is a piece of that apparatus, but I wouldn't swear to it.
creskol, wow thanks for the lead - I would never have thought that - but will definitely look into it.
 
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Very unique find
 
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Maybe a plumber might have a good idea
 
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Maybe a part from an old lawn sprinkler?
Thanks DCMatt, I'll look into that. I'm also thinking of showing it to some antique car buffs to get their thoughts.
 
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Maybe a plumber might have a good idea
Gare, that is a good tip. The last property I detected was owned by a family who renovates homes - so I showed them. They hadn't seen anything like it. Guess I'll keep trying...
 
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It is some kind of spigot but I am old and do not remember it at all
 
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It is some kind of spigot but I am old and do not remember it at all
I considered that possibility. But since it doesn't have threads, I didn't think it would work well as a spigot or valve. I don't get the impression that this is a precision part... That's why I suggested "lawn sprinkler".
 
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I think the spigot idea is it.
The end with the through hole would have the handle/valve part in the tapered vertical hole, tensioned with a washer spring and nut.
The other end with a bottom in its cup would go inside of a galvanized rain barrel at the bottom edge.
The "cup" would keep sediment from pouring out when the valve was opened.
The large flange would have been to solder it to the barrels side.
 
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Huntingdog we think a lot alike
 
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NOT saying ours in the correct answer . But it is someplace to start thinking
 
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Found this detecting near a brick farm house built in 1839 and inhabited until recently. Looking at the 1st picture the horizontal part is a pipe that connects the 2 vertical sides. The opening of the pipe can be seen in the last 2 pictures. 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 β€œLONDON” and 3 stars on the back side to modern coins. Any help with ID and/or age is appreciated.

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It’s part of a barrel tap
 
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