🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Found a few odd things while sifting…

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Hey everybody! I returned to my old house seat to do some more sifting. No brass buttons today, but plenty of other ferrous and non-metal finds. I found a few nice easily recognizable relics, like the antler eating utensil handle, button hook, and two tone fork. I had a record amount of stoneware, porcelain, bone, and colonial pottery shards. I unfortunately had to leave them behind as there was too much to carry. I found a strange handle- looking piece of iron that I swear I have seen before, but I can’t pin it down to a particular relic. I also found what looks like two iron buttons, but don’t seem to have holes to run a thread through. One has a plus shape in the center, similar to how a screw would, with dots around the edges. It also has what looks to be a broken pin attachment in an indented spot on the back of it. My final odd relic is a rock that looks like a pestle to a mortar and pestle, but I’m not entirely certain. I know that this type of formation can form naturally, which it very well could have, but the location this was found in and the shape/texture make me believe otherwise. Thanks in advance for any assistance with these relics!
 

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Nathan6309

Nathan6309

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Botetourt County, Va
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For anybody that's curious, I think I may have figured out what the odd stone is. I believe it is actually a whetstone used to sharpen tools, scythes being the most common for this particular whetstone variant. It would be much longer usually, but has broken at some point in time, which may explain why it was discarded underneath the house. I went attached a hand-drawn image of someone sharpening their scythe with a similar whetstone, as a visual idea of how these were used.
sharpening-his-scythe-early-1900s-KDXCEJ.jpg
C0451254-Reaper_sharpening_his_scythe_with_a_whetstone,_19th_century.jpg
 
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