✅ SOLVED Outside old farmhouse, on original town green

capt. sparrow

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I just got access to a farmhouse that sits on the original town green where I live…I dug a 1797 copper yesterday…today aside from a few wheaties, I dig these two items. I have no idea what they are. Help please
 

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You're on a great spot! First pick is a padlock key-hole cover. Second? Maybe a ladies garment clip?
Second piece almost looks like a suspender clip from the early 1800’s
 
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Although other people have already correctly identified your finds, I figured I should still go ahead and post the reply I typed before you got any other replies. Somehow, my reply didn't get posted. A few minutes, ago I checked this thread to see reactions to it... and saw my reply wasn't there! :( So, although it's several hours late, here it is.
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Your first two photos show a brass keyhole-cover (also called a dust-cover) from an antique "Smokehouse type" padlock. The marking on it saying FB&Co. represents an unknown manufacturer. To see photos of two complete examples of FB&Co. Smokehouse-type padlocks, go to the link below, and scroll down to the two FB&Co locks.
Time-dating them correctly is difficult due to FB&Co. being unidentified... but based on the form of the lock with a ring at its bottom and the modern-ish keyhole on the other lock, I think (I do not KNOW) they date from the late-1800s into the early-1900s.

The object in your third photo is a suspenders-strap adjuster buckle, also from the latter-1800s into the early-1900s. There are many-many variations, but I was able to find a photo of one which is quite similar to yours. (Note, it shows what the little "tongue" on yours was for.)
 

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Although other people have already correctly identified your finds, I figured I should still go ahead and post the reply I typed before you got any other replies. Somehow, my reply didn't get posted. A few minutes, ago I checked this thread to see reactions to it... and saw my reply wasn't there! :( So, although it's several hours late, here it is.
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Your first two photos show a brass keyhole-cover (also called a dust-cover) from an antique "Smokehouse type" padlock. The marking on it saying FB&Co. represents an unknown manufacturer. To see photos of two complete examples of FB&Co. Smokehouse-type padlocks, go to the link below, and scroll down to the two FB&Co locks.
Time-dating them correctly is difficult due to FB&Co. being unidentified... but based on the form of the lock with a ring at its bottom and the modern-ish keyhole on the other lock, I think (I do not KNOW) they date from the late-1800s into the early-1900s.

The object in your third photo is a suspenders-strap adjuster buckle, also from the latter-1800s into the early-1900s. There are many-many variations, but I was able to find a photo of one which is quite similar to yours. (Note, it shows what the little "tongue" on yours was for.)
Thank you very very much for the detailed response. Made my night:)
 
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