✅ SOLVED Strange item from 1800s homesite

bcbirdman

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Apr 14, 2023
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Relic Hunting
Found this strangely shaped item in a harvested bean field in west central Indiana near an old home site dating to around 1830s. It registered about a 55-60 on my Garrett AT max and based on the look of it I'd say it's copper alloy (brass usually rings up around 77) but I'm not sure why it's not green if it's copper (it's more of a red). Anyway, it's got two tiny nails on each of the "wings" and, as you can see, one side still has the nails and the other is missing them. It appears to be some kind of hinge or at least it functioned that way at one time, opening and closing around that central circular piece like a pair of scissors. But this is way too weak to be any type of clippers I think. It also does not taper to a fine sharp edge where you'd assume it would if it was scissors/clippers. Any ideas?
 

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bcbirdman

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Apr 14, 2023
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Indiana
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Garrett AT Max
Primary Interest:
Relic Hunting
Thank you! I'm always amazed at the collective knowledge of the people on this forum. It does appear to be the hinge piece in that link
 

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