Large Spike from farm by Chickamauga Use??

traveller777

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Found these on a farm adjoining Chickamauga Battlefield. I am not saying they are Civil War. I do not know. I have found lots of square nails and smaller spikes but this is largest I have found. Any ideas of use would be appreciated.
 

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Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child?
Not alot really in the grand scheme of things...

But i did hold lead split shot sinkers in my mouth all the time whilst fishing... and used back teeth to close em on line all the time.
Used my teeth to grip a random lead weight whilst cast netting all through youth.
And played with broken mercury thermometers a few times...

Does this count ? and yes it is the truth.
 
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One clue is the rounded end from wear.
A spike to fasten that blunt would require effort (well , more effort) to drive unless a pilot hole was bored first. Or it would likely split wood.

I would guess that it is a spiked tooth for a harrow.

Shapes vary from round to multiple flat sides. My more modern though old , are round.
Here's a spike claimed to be from a harrow similar to yours.
 

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One clue is the rounded end from wear.
A spike to fasten that blunt would require effort (well , more effort) to drive unless a pilot hole was bored first. Or it would likely split wood.

I would guess that it is a spiked tooth for a harrow.

Shapes vary from round to multiple flat sides. My more modern though old , are round.
Here's a spike claimed to be from a harrow similar to yours.
Thanks a ton!!! I will look up some of those and see what I can find. Good job.
 
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Thanks, releventchair. I do not think anyone will disagree with your quick assessment, so I am calling it solved.
 

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