Odd shape, huh? I was thinking horse tack, but not so certain. Could be a strap adjuster. Size-wise, it reminds me of a shoulder belt adjuster, but the ones of those I've seen were made of brass. Also, this looks like it had an iron tongue, which would rule that out...
Probably slave made horse tack.Basically everyday items important, made on site. I find these types and have concluded "everyday importance" essential to life on the farm. They can vary in use, but always important. Plantation life was not as easy as portrayed for anyone.I am partial to this treasure being born"on the place"
Thanks Scott & Paleopilot for your input. Yes, I do believe it is a hand wrought cinch buckle/strap adjuster. Like Scott said, it was probably 'made on site.' Now we need to put a date on it. I'm thinking 1850ish. What's your thoughts? Breezie
PS: Yeah Paleopilot, it does look like it was 'rode hard and put up wet!' It has been well used.