Old square spike from Illinois

jjbswfl

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Square spike found in old Illinois town several inches underground. Any ideas to age? seems square and irregular. top seems to be rose shaped.
 

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Almy

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You're probably not getting replies because it is a toughie. It looks like rusted iron with a spade tip and a top that might have been beaten on a little. So it could be a spike, a tool, or a broken piece of something larger. It's probably not possible to identify exactly. I've found unidentifiable iron objects and others have been posted here. Don't be discouraged, just keep swinging and something identifiable and great will be yours!
 
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jjbswfl

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You're probably not getting replies because it is a toughie. It looks like rusted iron with a spade tip and a top that might have been beaten on a little. So it could be a spike, a tool, or a broken piece of something larger. It's probably not possible to identify exactly. I've found unidentifiable iron objects and others have been posted here. Don't be discouraged, just keep swinging and something identifiable and great will be yours!
No problem thanks for the information. I know som things can never be identified, but was just trying to see if it looked modern or not. Happy hunting!
 

ticndig

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I used to to find those spike along the orange plank rd . during the 1800s some roads were covered in planks . they are sometimes called corduroy roads. is that what your spike is from? who knows . do some research of your town and see if this could be the answer .
corduroy-road.jpg
 
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jjbswfl

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I used to to find those spike along the orange plank rd . during the 1800s some roads were covered in planks . they are sometimes called corduroy roads. is that what your spike is from? who knows . do some research of your town and see if this could be the answer .
corduroy-road.jpg
The town is an old mining town. It was found in an area where a mine sunk in.
 

ticndig

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The town is an old mining town. It was found in an area where a mine sunk in.
maybe the mine had a rail line or maybe the spike came from bracing timbers , we will never know the use for sure .
 

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here are some before and after pics of some others that can give you an idea of the transformation......
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