Decorative Object?

nkellam22

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I found this object in a field in western mainland Europe.
The area I found it in has stuff dating from Roman times-modern times with everything in between.
If I had to guess I would say it's a late 17th-century doorhandle but that's a guess.
It's made of copper or some sort of copper alloy.
Any help is appreciated.

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Back-of-the-boat

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I have used a sillcock key, which I referred to as a faucet or water key. That looks similar but I would think yours was a valve handle for gas lighting or some type of gas fixture, brass was used because it didn't spark when hit by other metal. I believe it is brass which is an alloy of copper and zinc.
 

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bradyboy

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gas key
Damn - back of the boat beat me
Backs posted reasoning is very sound
designed to turn, not pulled
but then again could be a decorative water faucet
brady
 

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mdmike

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looks more decorative (less utility) in nature...i do like handle, but perhaps a curtain pull or tie back. it might have had a square nail in it to drive it into a wooden wall stud.
 

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ARC

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For what it is worth...

These are called a "thumb turn".

Put that in your Google pipe and smoke it. :P

:)

PS...

The lock mechanism that VHS posted is called a "mortise lock".
 

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