🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Copper Book Clasp?

mick56

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Found this in a field behind an old church. The only thing that I can think of is a book clasp. Might have been a loop on one end that is broken off.
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Mick, I don't see any indications of it being mechanically attached
to another item. Maybe a leather strip ran through the open end?
 
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Just a simple observation but I’m thinking that’s too thick for a book. More likely a drawer pull.
Agreed not a book clasp, that's may best guess but not seen this design of drawer pull/drop before. Plus unusual to be highly decorated on both sides.
 
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Might be 2 attachment points on the back. Could be just high points in the design.
 
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This might be a little far fetched.
Though driving around I have seen the fish symbol decal on the boots of cars.
Something to do with religion.:dontknow:
This does have a sort of a left facing fish design-and being found at a church.
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This might be a little far fetched.
Though driving around I have seen the fish symbol decal on the boots of cars.
Something to do with religion.:dontknow:
This does have a sort of a left facing fish design-and being found at a church.
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ιχθύς or "icthus"was an early Christian code for Jesus, and used during the early days when the religion was illegal as an identifier of a fellow Christian. The Greek letters are the first letters of the words, "Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour." The word on its own, not as a symbol, means "fish." Hence the use of a fish in Christian symbology.

I am full of answers to questions no one has asked. :smileinbox:
 
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pepperj

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ιχθύς or "icthus"was an early Christian code for Jesus, and used during the early days when the religion was illegal as an identifier of a fellow Christian. The Greek letters are the first letters of the words, "Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour." The word on its own, not as a symbol, means "fish." Hence the use of a fish in Christian symbology.

I am full of answers to questions no one has asked. :smileinbox:
Thanks for the in-depth answer. (It doesn't even sound too fishy):laughing7:
So could it be a fish symbol?
 
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Thanks for the in-depth answer. (It doesn't even sound too fishy):laughing7:
So could it be a fish symbol?
It could be, but use of the symbol in modern times was pretty much restricted to architecture - stained glass windows and such - until the modern bumper-sticker use. To me it looks like a decorative doo-dad that you would see on an iron fence or something...it certainly is curious.
 
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