relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

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relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Hello fellow treasure-netters,
ive been fighting redbugs and ticks these past few months at a fascinating area which was once settled by early carolinians. The area flourished on this inland highground many miles from Charlestowne sc; Starting at the early era of late 1690's, and through the revolutionary war this area consisted of a small town within miles from a fully constructed and operational fortress .. ...the item in question was found in an area that has released many musket balls, torn/shredded iron fragments, pottery,shoe buckles, cooking ware etc... I had just excavated a colonial horse "snaffle" or watering stirrup, when this relic hollar'd at me from 3inches deep in the silky,yet musky lowcountry soil ........There's records involving the british being in a small indian partnership at the time, and skirmishing several times with the americans; then taking control over the town.....theres knowledge of the town having a small market in the midst of the 15 or so homesites.----------yep-a 'square nailed' nightmare-----------this item in question is HEAVY and has what seems like two individual (trigger??) parts that protrude from this flat 3 inch long base plate/piece, which also has a screw hole at one end near the tip. -The other side of the base plate consists of three layers that are squared, and is then mounted opposite of the two(trigger) pieces.....not saying its piece of a fire arm but resembles a trigger mechanism or assembly..... Everything i've researched has come up unrecognizable and more towards NOT being a trigger mechanism. ....the dual "trigger" mechanisms on this item are more side by side than in line like maybe a safety or a glamerous trigger assembly as or like a: plain striped maple stock american musket;circa 1770-1790. maybe a colonial tinder lighter??? im baffled please help- if the pictures are garbage please lemme know so i can try and catch some natural light shots tomorrow. thanx for looking
 

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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Let me suggest doing Electrolysis on it, to non-destructively remove the globs of rust-crust which are obscuring details which could help us correctly ID the object.

Have you ever done Electrolysis-cleaning, or if not, do know any local diggers who do it?
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

i was literally just looking for my alligator clips in the junk drawer when you wrote that.........figured id post it early to calm my curiousity and my nerves a bit; keep my nerves steady before i burn the house down.... ;D...... im alittle nervous performing it on this piece due to the extensions that branch off-.....theyre a lil tender or im juss being poo-c footed i guess.........thanx cannonball
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

It appears to be a set of triggers for a double barrel...d2
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

On rifle triggers were they off set side by side or one in front of the other? All I have ever seen were in line. I could be wrong and probably am though...d2
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Very interesting post Wrecker! :icon_thumright:
I really enjoyed reading the history about your site . . . good research always pays off! :hello2:

I'd be interested in seeing what your double set triggers looks like after your done the electrolysis! :icon_thumright:

Dave
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Does look like a trigger set, I can't wait to see the "after" pics. I'm not sure if I've seen side by side triggers.... :icon_scratch:
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

to a sharps rifle ?
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Double triggers from an early 19thC Hawken or Kentucky Long Rifle
 

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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

ANTIQUARIAN said:
Very interesting post Wrecker! :icon_thumright:
I really enjoyed reading the history about your site . . . good research always pays off! :hello2:

I'd be interested in seeing what your double set triggers looks like after your done the electrolysis! :icon_thumright:

Dave
Ditto, waiting on the after pics. :thumbsup:
 
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Double triggers from an early 19thC Hawken or Kentucky Long Rifle
AWESOME!!!!!!! thats a beautiful rifle! i can only hope!...............still have some hrs to go guys...but theyre starting to clean up!!!!! thanx everyone! pics will be coming soon!!!!!!
 
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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

Found a pic of side by side triggers on a shotgun. This could well be what you have.......

This pic is of an English Webley and Scott shotgun, but I've found a lot of other similar ones since I started looking.
 

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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

ballard # 4 ?
 

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Re: relic found in colonial lowcountry sc

uuhhhhhh thats 18hrs ???......and a small piece of trigger tip has cracked off.....my electrolysis bowl has filled with rust three times,eatn two spoons......and its not getting as far as i was hoping....plastic bowl with warm water, a few drops of lemon juice, washing soda, and a 12v 500ma light charger powering the process. Any help would be greatly appreciated gentleman. :thanks, cj
 

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Wrecker58 said:
uuhhhhhh thats 18hrs ???......and a small piece of trigger tip has cracked off.....my electrolysis bowl has filled with rust three times,eatn two spoons......and its not getting as far as i was hoping....plastic bowl with warm water, a few drops of lemon juice, washing soda, and a 12v 500ma light charger powering the process. Any help would be greatly appreciated gentleman. :thanks, cj
CannonBallGuy is very knowlegable maybe he can help. I dont know what went wrong. :dontknow: It cannot save what is already lost and maybe that is the problem. :dontknow: I have had success using a battery charger and baking soda and water in a 10 gallon bucket with a stainess steel bolt as an anode even though I hear stainless is poisonous turning the water yellow.


I hope someone can help. Maybe if you post a picture of your setup.
 
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