🔎 UNIDENTIFIED More finds from the 1860-70s saloon site. Any ideas?

jwarner51

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Hi all, I have two items that I’m unsure of. The metal one looks familiar but I can’t quite place it, perhaps a lantern part? The second I am unsure of. It seems to be ceramic and comes to a point. Seems like a long shot to me but sometimes you all surprise me. And finally just a little overview of some of the stuff I found. A nice glass ring dish?, some Chinese coins, bent ring, and the usual odds and ends.
Thanks for looking and happy hunting!
 

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pepperj

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First thing that came to mind was the 1st item with the squashed end was from a music instrument. I thought you had a writing stylist till I read it was ceramic.
 
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The first item, which has a "squashed end," is definitely from a civil war era inkpen. The back end of the pen's replaceable "nib" (the part you dip into the inkwell, and which distributes the ink onto paper) slid up into the "squashed end" -- which firmly held the nib.

Adding to that ID-diagnosis, it appears to be silver-plated.

BTW, it is not part of a Fountain-Pen. Its cylindrical body is too narrow to contain an ink-reservoir, which is a defining characteristic of a fountain-pen.
 
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The first item, which has a "squashed end," is definitely from a civil war era inkpen. The back end of the pen's replaceable "nib" (the part you dip into the inkwell, and which distributes the ink onto paper) slid up into the "squashed end" -- which firmly held the nib.

Adding to that ID-diagnosis, it appears to be silver-plated.

BTW, it is not part of a Fountain-Pen. Its cylindrical body is too narrow to contain an ink-reservoir, which is a defining characteristic of a fountain-pen.
Where is it's pointy end for writing with then?

I suspect it is a more modern item and that many pens of the age you speak were not metal or obviously soddered parts where the band shape is a joining spot
 
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Are you sure the second item is ceramic? It reminds me of the "Civil War" pencils used by soldiers in the field. Made of lead.

qcarvepencil1.jpg


Also, is that tiny bottle and opium bottle? Cool digs whatever the case...
 
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The first item, which has a "squashed end," is definitely from a civil war era inkpen. The back end of the pen's replaceable "nib" (the part you dip into the inkwell, and which distributes the ink onto paper) slid up into the "squashed end" -- which firmly held the nib.

Adding to that ID-diagnosis, it appears to be silver-plated.

BTW, it is not part of a Fountain-Pen. Its cylindrical body is too narrow to contain an ink-reservoir, which is a defining characteristic of a fountain-pen.
I think you’re spot on with this one! Thank you
 
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Are you sure the second item is ceramic? It reminds me of the "Civil War" pencils used by soldiers in the field. Made of lead.

qcarvepencil1.jpg


Also, is that tiny bottle and opium bottle? Cool digs whatever the case...
It’s definitely not lead, more of a ceramic or clay like material. The point also seems to have been whittled by a knife and not commercially produced that way. Maybe a peg for some sort of board game?
 
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Hi all, I have two items that I’m unsure of. The metal one looks familiar but I can’t quite place it, perhaps a lantern part? The second I am unsure of. It seems to be ceramic and comes to a point. Seems like a long shot to me but sometimes you all surprise me. And finally just a little overview of some of the stuff I found. A nice glass ring dish?, some Chinese coins, bent ring, and the usual odds and ends.
Thanks for looking and happy hunting!
The tube reminds me of the natural gas conduit found in water heaters. Anyone that has had to relight a water heater may confirm?
 
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Hi all, I have two items that I’m unsure of. The metal one looks familiar but I can’t quite place it, perhaps a lantern part? The second I am unsure of. It seems to be ceramic and comes to a point. Seems like a long shot to me but sometimes you all surprise me. And finally just a little overview of some of the stuff I found. A nice glass ring dish?, some Chinese coins, bent ring, and the usual odds and ends.
Thanks for looking and happy hunting!
I’d bet that you have a pencil sleeve and lead
 
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