Two nice bells, one hole.

lenmac65

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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ArfieBoy

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Hey! Great finds! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
 

traveller777

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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Nice. Interesting finds.
 

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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Wish I could help you with the dates. Awesome finds for sure and I love that pad lock!
 

Digger RJ

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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Nice!!! Congrats!!! Cool old lock and bells!!!
 
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lenmac65

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Very nice bells- Congrats! Plenty of snow down here on the Cape too- C'mon spring!
Thanks! At least you have the beaches, right? Two feet of snow here, so it might be a while for me.
 
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lenmac65

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Nice conestoga bells! Looks as tho that lock still has a snapped off key in it!
I was thinking the same thing at first, but now think it might be a component of the keyhole on this old style lock, but who knows. Thanks for commenting, and good luck out there.
 

Gare

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VERY NICE thanks for sharing
 

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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Nice! Good job.
 

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I went back to the woods this week before the snowfall to the area where I found my 1700s coin spill this month. I found a small padlock, which I believe is early- to mid- 1800s. There is some sort of clasp still attached to the shank. I also found two bells in one hole in a walled-in area. I thought it was going to be a can, but dug it because the area has so little trash; glad I did. You can see one of the bells still in the hole in my outdoor picture. Some call these conestoga bells, but I am not sure if that’s what these are. I am thinking late 1800s or early 1900s, but would appreciate any ideas. The clapper is still attached to the shinier one, which sounds great. I attached a two second video if you want to hear it. The snow has ended my detecting for now. Good luck to those of you who can still dig.
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super cool finds, two of my favorites to dig are locks and bells, well done x 3
 

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Really nice pair of bells. It does look as previous mentioned that it looks as if something is in the lock.
Congrats on your find
 
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lenmac65

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Really nice pair of bells. It does look as previous mentioned that it looks as if something is in the lock.
Congrats on your find
Thanks! I thought at first it was a broken key in the keyhole; however, I think this lock was made with some sort of iron pin in the keyhole, similar to this picture. Thanks for the comment and good luck out there. 0A4FB407-D13A-4BFD-8F05-9A3A872494EA.jpeg
 

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