Couple of thingies....

Henry Smoot

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All of these came from a site that dates to the colonial era near Charleston, SC. One thingy appears to be a bronze bell with a lot of it missing. The other thing looks like it has a broken reed attached but what is it from? The other thing I have no idea..looks like it had some iron on the back that is no longer there...furniture tack?? Any suggestions?? Thanks....Henry
 

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Don't know about the top one. Middle ones look somewhat like harmonica reeds/holders. The last one looks like it could have been some type of tack decoration, with the back portion (where the leather goes through) broken off. Just a thought.
 

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The reed thingy is from an old "Sqeeze-Box"

Tim
 

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Second pic is an organ reed....
 

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The second almost looks like a sight for an old gun? Maybe?
Just my guess...

Bran <><
 

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small hand sized "squeezible" organ -- like a accordian but smaller ----
 

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ivan salis said:
small hand sized "squeezible" organ -- like a accordian but smaller ----

The correct term for the one you're referring to is "Concertina." This was a popular Civil War-Era Instrument.


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ivan salis said:
ocarina -- is another term but my spelling of it might be off a bit.

An occarina is a small wind instrument which is played like a recorder by placing fingers over the six holes, it doesn't have any reeds. They fall into the flute category and have been around for about 12,000 years.

Here's a pic of a ceramic occarina:
occarina.jpg

and here's a pic of what the reed most likely came from, a concertina or "squeeze box":
concertina.jpg

....or it could have come from a pump organ
pump organ.jpg

....or even a Melodeon ( This one was a gift from John Brown to his daughter, it was played at his funeral in 1859 after he was hanged)
coolmel.jpg

Hope this clears things up a bit.

-SgtSki
 

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concertina --- I got the two mixed up (must be the ina)--- concertina "squeeze" box is correct -- it was a highly portible and popular item in the 1860's war era. used by troops for entertainment.
 

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