I found this medal / medallion near Youngstown, Ohio. It's about 1 3/4 inches around with an embossed capital letter "H" in the center. It's metal and not magnetic. I've taken it to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Youngstown Historical Society, an art history professor at YSU and a jeweler in an attempt to identify it. I was told by almost all of them that it was early 20th century and the jeweler said it was "junk medal." I've researched medals and medallions for years, and I still have not been able to find a suitable ID of it.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! Denise
PS - I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree and have researched quite a bit, and just from that alone, I am of the mindset that it pre-dates the 20th century, but I defer to anyone more qualified than myself. (Which isn't saying much, but still lol)
Hi tom, Just wondering if you gold identify and value this gold stater for me. It would be much appreciated if you could. Thank you for your time .
Hello my name is Glenn, I found this a couple of years ago while out walking my dog. I found this by Fort Brewerton, by a set of train tracks on the west shore of Oneida Lake, NY It was barely sticking out of the ground when I tried to kick at it thinking it was a rock or something sticking out of the ground. When I couldn't I dug it up. I went to the historical society in Brewerton and they could not identify or suggest someone that might have a clue to its origins. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me about this, best I can tell it says on it, 18 T FRONT BAFFL (WITH LAST LETTER UNREADABLE) On the back of it, It has castings like that look as if it was mounted into something with it having some points sticking out of it I would just like to say Thank you for having a site like this and hope that someone might be able to help me with this as I have tried for some time now to figure this out
Found this brass picture frame brooch with the pin still attached. Found along an 1800's known wagon trail. There are no words on it but the detail in workmanship is awesome. Any idea where I can get more info. Thank you Mike
Hello, I uncovered this little treasure about 20 years ago in the Mt lofty region, Adelaide hills, South Australia and have not been able to ID it. Even the Adelaide museum has not been able and it is really beginning to puzzle me as to its origin and what it could be. I think it is made of copper or bronze (not sure). There is no date visible and the paint has long gone from the shield. I hope you will be able to shed some light on this for me.
Greetings Tom - I have a Spear Holder that has not been identified the age or when it was made. I also have a African Spear that has been appraised that seems to go in the holder. Its the holder, nobody has been able to shed any light. Attached is the digital image for your review. I read where you send another email address to send. That would be great! Thank you, Tommy Martinez
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Hi Tom - I have a SWEDEN STAMP - 1885 10 ore rose-carmine Oscar On the rear of the Stamp is a french horn. I have never seen a horn on any stamp. Maybe someone could identify this. I wanted to find out if this is rare. Thank you for your assistance! Tommy Martinez
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Hi, Was just wondering if you could identify this copper piece. It is very thin, 2 1/2 X 3 inches in diameter. Found on an old farm site near a creek bed in SC. It might not be worth anything or even old, but I have to know what it is
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Ron Tedeschi Says: That is a gasket from some type of machinery. It may have come from a farm engine or transmission. It is old - but has no value.
Please could you help me identify this pendant, it was found by my grandfather many years ago and was never identified.
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Julie and Ron Tedeschi say: It appears to be an old fraternal lodge pin or badge of some sort. The key would be to find out what N.D.S.T stands for. So far the internet gives no clue.
Here is a picture of what I think could be a bullet. It was found in the same location as the British button, right along the Merrimack river .It is not magnetic and from some of the other old bullets i have seen it is much much smaller. as always your help identifying my object is appreciated
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I found this detecting a river banking along the merrimack river. i would appreciate any help in identifying this item. i believe it might be an old button. there is a crown at the top and the letters on it look like AE / L or DE / GA but the last A is a guess
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Robert Langdon says: It looks like an English flat button dating 1820-1840. It probably says 'Double Gilt" on it.
Shane says: Please Help Me ID this sword if you can
Found this flat piece while hunting for arrow heads on old Indian camp sight in S. W. Oklahoma . Can't figure out what it is off of. It is broke off at each side of top off lyre. Can you identify?
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What's the origin of this item? What is it worth? It's approx 6 1/4" diameter & 7 1/2" height.
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What's the origin of this item? These are both approx 8" diameter w/engravings & metal pedestals
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What's the origin of this butterfly case Case is approx 5 3/4" x 4 1/4". The price label states world bazaar 12/1931.
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What's the origin of this hand wrought copper plaque?
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Can You tell me What this is, and what it is worth??
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J.C. says: Hi I was looking at the first two pictures of the Pie Shaped brass objects with celestrial images and months, numbers, etc. The items you show are sections of an Antique Sextant or Astrolab used for navigation. The device would help guide direction by the
Hi my name is Krystal. I was trying to see if you could tell me anything about these copper figurines. My kids dug them up out of the ground while playing in the dirt in Clyde, NC(USA). They are definitely made of copper but I don't know anything else other than that. There is no name or stamp on them. I have been afraid to clean them off because I didn't know if they were worth anything so we have left them just like we found them. They have a lot of detail to be copper figurines that someone made(assuming they were hand made). Thanks in advance!
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This thing that looks like a tiki or a little hut. It is just a little over 2 inches. It is very detailed.
These are the larger people and they are 3 3/4". There is 1 women and 2 men. The men look like they are carrying a axe or something and the women is sitting down.
Next are people that are 2 1/2" tall. They all look like men and they look like they may be carrying a piece of wood on their shoulder.
These look like African antelope. They are 5" tall
Where could I possibly get these appraised? I have never found anything like this so I am kinda curious about the history of them and the value. My kids found then playing in the clay in our yard.
Hi Tom, I do a lot of beach combing on the shores of Lake Erie. My son was with me one day and found this huge, heavy metal looking thing that had rested on top of a rock on the break wall. It is very heavy, I scratched it with a knife which left a very shiny mark. I tried scrubbing it with an abrasive, even oven cleaner, and it doesn't show any distress. I don't believe it's aluminum because of the weight, but if it is aluminum, what was it used for or was it formed, or deformed by being in the lake? I appreciate any response, ideas, opinions, etc..
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Hi Tom... Was wondering if you can tell me what this is and what it was used for, and how old it is. I just cleaned it, it was not as shiny before....haha...looking forward to your reply, and thank you for your time!!
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J.C. Says: Hi I can say that the perforated box with the handle is an incense burner. It most likely was made in India or Pakistan. Most certainly something made in the latter part of the 20th century. Value $50-$100.00 at best
Hello, my daughter found this and we have no idea what it is. It is quite heavy but hollow, the other side is more or less the same as this side. Would be grateful if you could help. We have come up with some weird and wonderful ideas that I'm sure are all way off the mark.
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I found this and it looked interesting with what I think are Egyptian hieroglyphics. It looked like dull brass. Once I cleaned it, I became more intrigued because of the gold like shine. It is 4 1/2 inches in diameter, and the center piece screws out. Can anyone tell me anything about this find? Thank you
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J.C. Says: Hi It looks like a Sun Dial to tell time of day. You know an Ancient Wrist Watch! Lol! The writing looks like Cuniform which is a form of Arabic Writing. Someone who is knowledgeable with arabic and persian artifacts, like a Museum Curator could be of more help
I found this 25 years ago in my backyard when i was a kid. We lived in Fredericksburg, VA which is a historic civil war battle ground. We used to find tons of civil war bullets with a metal detector. There is also a trench that ran through our backyard. To my knowledge no battle was ever fought on our property… it was just headquarters for the south. A few miles away is where the actual Battle of Fredericksburg took place. When i found this i was probably 10 years old. I put it in a box with a rock collection and I just stumbled across it again. It looks like its copper but it is strange to me that it is in such good shape. If it was older wouldn't it have tarnished? As you can see its about the size of a belt buckle. It weighs 5.5 oz. If you have any idea what this is please advise.
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J.C. says The item you show is odd. It has two wing like legs that appear fit into something like a hindge.There are no markings, so, It does not appear to be a belt buckle. It could have been a counter weight to something and it may have been attached to leather.
These we're giving to a friend of mine 30 years ago
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Can You help me with any info,about this spearhead? I included a picture of both sides. On the one You can see where its smooth from the stick it was stuck to.
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Hi mate I live in the lower blue mountains nsw Australia and I was digging in my yard today which is quite close to bushland that is very historical from the 1800s lots of railways camps and ww2 storage tunnel. and I found this weird bell looking object. it quite small and solid on the inside I can make out the stamped letters IN .I was also thinking possibly an electrical connectr of some kind .. thankyou I hope you can help me the coins are some 1 cent coins I dug up near it for size reverence , I can som remnants of what could have been some kind of ring to hold the donga on the inside of the bell
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ROB LANGDON SAYS: Looks like a small import bell from India
I am 56 and have had this toy it seems for at least 40 to 50 years. It has moveable parts. Although its old (like me) it seems to have been ahead of its time. It is about 2.5 inches tall. Zylmex is stamped on the bottom of one foot. And the other is stamped it looks like it says King Kong.
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J.C. says: Hi You can google that name and see what comes up. I assume it is the name of the Company. Most likely either made in Japan or Germany. It looks to me like it would be a toy from the 1930s to 1940's. What you believe states King Kong, Might actually read Hong
. I'd estimate it to be from the 1950s. The guy I got it from was old an war vet, and he said he believes it came with a pack of smokes that he bought off the military's commissary list, way back when. He has no idea what it is, either. If you, or anyone else could identify it, I'd be quite greatful, NOTE: The pick is for reference
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Hi Tom, I was hoping you could help me to identify the piece below. It's about 4" size wise. An old boy at my local has had it for years and it's a puzzle he would like to solve.
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J.C says Hi! I think it's an Antique Bra worn like a chastity belt would be worn! Lol! It looks like something to smelt or melt some type of metal. There appears to be some writing on the center bar in the middle. If, yes, that might be a clue.
Hello,My name is Paul Scheineman..recently we found this old knife believed to be hand forged with a possible descending eagle on it as our area has many wonderful garage sales and estate sales..we paid two dollars for it and brought it home..Later a friend of mine noticed that in the middle of the blade looked to be a pretty old emblem..after trying to raise this emblem without causing it harm....the both of us are still curious as to what it looked like..we both think it's an eagle holding a branch with stars around it. Then, after trying once more with a solution....maybe I'm seeing things,but the stars looked like the tips turned into a sun.....So we are stumped...I found your wonderful sight and decided to contact you hoping foe some help.This would be greatly appreciated in any way
Hi Paul What you have appears to be a Bayonnette that was once attached to the end of an old rifle. Where the holes are was once attached a bracket that attached to the end of the rifle. The emblem as first described could be an early colonial mark of an
Could you please tell me anything about this little cup. It was rescued from going to the dump. It is 3 1/2 inches tall. Has etchings of 4 birds around cup possibly peacocks. The mark on bottom is a seal or sea Lion balancing a ball on its nose. There is writing around circle of seal but can not make it out even with magnification. The best we can decifer is maybe 377 LNN or R77 UULUL or LNLNN. Here are some pics of mark and cup. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
JC says: Hi! I am assuming the cup is silver. The Lion with a ball maybe an English Makers Mark. The Letters you gave may represent Roman Numerals For example MCLVXX. This would represent a year and maybe a silver content. Like .925 or .850 You may want to look up
Hi, could you help identify this find. Any information would be fantastic. All I know is it isn't magnetic.
Several members of my forum and facebook page have ideentified this item: Wow, fantastic find! It's not magnetic because it might be silver.
It's a medal that was presented to the captain and crew of the RMS Carpathia by a special committee of survivors from the S.S. Titanic. They were made in gold, silver and bronze. There's probably only around 100 or so that exist in each metal
On the front is an image of the RMS Carpathia saving passengers from the water, there are lifeboats also in the image with an iceberg in the background.
On the back it says: Presented to the Captain, Officers & Crew of R.M.S. "Carpathia", in recognition of gallant & heroic services from the survivors of the S.S. "Titanic", April 15th 1912
Here's the full story about them. http://www.charlesmillerltd.com/Catalogues/ms250412/lot0123.html
Estimated auction value on the silver is 3,000 to 5,000 Pounds (about $5,000 to $8,500 US).
My father found this object (next the the nickel) last week, and we were hoping you or someone else would be able to identify it.
On the front: The object has the word "PLATED" at the top. At the bottom there appears to be a "+" sign with two arrows on both the left and right side each. The arrows (on each side) all point towards the "+" sign. (Picture a car or lawn mower gas cap where the manufacturer places opposing arrows to indicate the direction to turn the gas cap on/off.) There is a "ring" centered between the outer circumference and the center (bullseye-ish). At the very center there appears to be something, but nothing identifiable (it almost appears to be where a button loop would be connected, or maybe the point where it was cast (manufactured) from. There are no additional/identifiable markings on the front.
On the back: The object just appears to be plated. There are no identifiable markings.
The object is just shy of a nickel in circumference. In fact, it fits perfectly inside the border/edge of the nickel in the picture. It is also feels about the same mass as the nickel (like a token). It has weathered similar a steel washer with a plating on it, however it is not attracted to a magnet.What do you think?
PETE GEORGE a member of the forum at http://tomstreasuresforum.com says The object is a silverplated brass 1-piece button, which relic-diggers and button collectors call a "flatbutton."
The "plain front" brass 1-piece flatbutton in the photo were manufactured for use on civilian clothing. Ones with a raised-lettering backmark (like the one in the photo) date from approximately 1790 to the very-early-1840s, and ones with indented backmarking start about 1810.
At that time, the word gilt in a button's backmark referred strictly to gold-plating... and the word plated meant silver-plating.
The majority of the brass 1-piece flatbuttons we dig in the US were imported here from Britain, because until the mid-1820s the young US button-making industry was incapable of mass-producing them, falling far short of the demand-level from the Clothing-Manufacturers. Therefore, in the early-1880s, many millions of the plain-front brass 1-piece buttons were still being imported from the old "Mother Country," Britain.
The War-Of-1812 caused US consumers to dislike British-made products, so American button-makers sometimes included an American eagle in the button's backmark to signify that it was a US-made button. (British-made ones often have a British crown in the backmark.)
Because the one in the photo has no maker's-name on the back, and it has a raised-lettering backmark, it is probably British-made, from within 10 years after the War-Of-1812 ended (1815).Regards, Pete
Hi bought this as an un researched metal detecting find from eBay. Found in the midlands UK. Any info would be brilliant.
I found this pin metal detecting. I suspect it is British military 1700's but could not find a match online and could not find the silver hallmark date match either. Any help would be great.
My mum found this in out garden when she was digging in the flower bed. Our house is fairly new, built on what used to be farmland. We initially thought it might be a bell as there is a circle on the top which could be for the handle, however we are unsure as the bottom is thick with rust, confusing us as to wether or not it is actually hollow. Any help on identifying this strange object would be greatly appreciated!It is about 2inches/5cm across and is about 1.7inches/4.5cm tall
I found this in an open field yesterday; it was roughly eight inches deep - and it's non-ferrous.
There's not much more that I know about it -
Any information or ideas would be appreciated
I recently found this lead item but have no idea what it was used for. It's made of lead, slightly larger than the circumference of a coca cola can, the lid comes off and it says made in Hong Kong on the bottom. Any ideas??
Hello Folks, I just found this and was wondering if anyone knows what it is.
Son found another "treasure" and is very curious what it is and/or what it's part of? It's only about 2 1/2 to 3" tall, slightly red in color, and almost the girth of a tube of chap stick.
Thanks for your help.
This Item has been Identified as a 50 cal bullet
I have 2 very interesting items I'm curious about.
The first is a very old hand carved bell, but it has some very interesting markings on. There's some kind of marking on the inside of the bell and seems to be a miniature correspondent to this on the side of the handle. I'm intrigued to know what these markings mean and what the different symbols around the bell represent.
The second one I think is an old jelly mould but there's a marking of what looks like a horses head on the bottom. would love to know what this marking means and whether it helps discover the date in which it was made.
Thanks for your help.
Hi there. I'm trying to find the origins of this pin. The front has what appears to be a swastika. The middle has an arrow. It's made out of silver, I believe. Any clues.
There aren't any markings other than the swastika and arrow. I'm not completely sure it's silver though it does get backend after awhile. It's not machine made becuz it's uneven in places. The stones might be Jade.
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It's some kind of round circular-shaped metal. It's between 1/2" to 1" in thickness. The shape reminds me of a pocket watch. All around the edges, or seam, the gold almost wants to peel off when you scratch it, but not for the rest of it. It has a V-shaped small gold rod stuck into the side of it, almost like something to hang from. It's very heavy, feels dense like a paper weight. If you need to know anything else, please just ask!
I would really love to know what this is. I think its probably from the 1800's and looks hand carved. I don't know if it goes together like in the picture, because I cant work out what the other 2 pieces do and what the lead ball on the chain does.
Its all made of the same metal which seems to be silver, but there are no markings from what I can see. The handle is wooden - some kind of hardwood.
I really appreciate any help, I cant find anything like this anywhere on the web.
This has been Identified on the forum at http://tomstreasuresforum.com , It is a Prayer Wheel
Thomspson Jace ask:Could you help me identify this piece. It is quite heavy . Bout half the size of a basketball
Sharon asks: What was this old spoon Used for??
Several members have identified this as a Absinthe Spoon
My husband found this civil war metal box lid while metal detecting at the Battle of Atlanta site several years ago (he removed some porches from homes there) It appears to be the lid of a metal hinged box and is quite heavy for it's size (2 3/4" x 2") Any information about it would be greatly appreciated
Hello! I was curious if you could help me identify this object. I found it while walking on the beach of Lake Erie in northeast ohio. I know there isn't much to it. But I'm very curious to what this could have been. It's made up of a metal and the white part looks like bone possibly. Thanks so much for any info.
Thank You Lindsey
A member of the foru at http://tomstreasuresforum.com says it looks like the remains of a old fishing rod
Its made of metal, no markings rusted out. It is about five inches long by 2.5 inches wide..
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I think you have some old style handcuffs. You have your palms of your hands and wrist together when in the cuffs. It looks like a key hole on one side. If you have found out what it is please let me know.
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Debbies says: This plate was black when I found it. It looks like copper silver Pewter. The back is also black. It appears to be a king with servants or he is receiving gifts. Please help.
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I would like to know what this is, found in the garden , a strange shiny object dirt has not destroyed
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Can you tell me what these are & what they are used for? I don't think they are tin as they are not rusty. Some have numbers some don't. They are thin metal & have a small hole in the top for hanging or ribbon. They are quiet old but just no clue as to what they are.
J.Dennis says: Those are called Milagros Milagros means .miracle in Spanish. Most commonly hearts hands praying, babies arms or legs . Some people carry them as talismans or good luck charms but mainly they are hung up on wooden crosses or with ribbons on the clothing of a statue of a saint. Each charm represented the prayerof the individual for the Saint to grant them love, a baby, to heal.an afflicted limb etc.. Hope that's helpful.
Got these at auction and not sure what they are. Plastic, egg shaped indent when sitting properly. Maybe a sugar cube tray or tea bag holder??? Really need to know the marker's mark too.
Gary has identified these as They're plastic tea bag holders as first mentioned. The symbol on the back is not the makers mark but the international symbol for food safe material (glass and fork). They were exported from China.
My son found this near an old farm house that is at least 200 years old any ideas ?
I found this mysterious pendant in a box of free things at a garage sale near Campbellford Ontario. I think it may be brass and the center stone may be glass or a rhinstone as its cold to the touch. Please I am so curious about the reason for this pendant's existence. Who made it and why?
Besides a lot of conjecture about the meaning of the individual symbols as well as their specific grouping of seven symbols I am certain that the 7×7 number square is not a magic square of Venus as there are 17 discrepancies between the two squares. It may still be a magic square though; as the sum of the digits (not whole numbers, ie 23 +47 becomes 2+3+4+7) in both rows and collums, diagonals and boxes breaks down to 10/1 I have attached my math in case its terrible lol. Im very interested in the metaphysical and religious/esoteric symbols in general but I've never seen this specific grouping. The only grouping of symbols that seems even remotely close to th Ones shown on the found pendant can be found on page 259 (figure 14) of Janet and Stewart Farrar's book entitled The Witches' Way. Published in 1984 by Phoenix Publishing Washington. I have included a close up of figure 14( last pic) including some sketched symbols (by me) from the found pendant placed where I think they might correspond. The descripton of the symbol's meanings is pretty vague in the book so PLEASE if anyone knows more about these symbols please help!
My guesses: Cornucopia or horn of plenty on the found pendant corresponds to the horned god (Taurus symbol) on the bottom left.The man in the circle on the pendant could actually be a goddess figure since the arms ans legs are pretty curved more like half circles an and x, making this possibly correspond to the waxing/waning goddess symbol in the book.The scales on the pendant features an upside down triangle in the center possibly relating it to the upsidedown triangle in the book(representing the 1st degree according to the book.The hexagram incorperates the upright triangle and therfore may correspond to the upright triangle from the book. ( represents the 3rd degree according to the book)The hand on the pendant has five fingers like the five points on the inverted pentgram from the book symbol. A magical symbol like the inverted pentagram is linked with our human will, exerting our will through magic in the physical world around us, much like the way our hands exert our will upon the world.The triangle within the circle on the pendant could also represent blessing or gifted knowledge (like the third eye) so ive linked it with the first 'S' symbol which is identified as representing 'the kiss' half of the polarity of mercy/severity.This leaves the dollar sign from the pendant to correspond to 'the scourge' ( the other half of the mercy/severity polarity) described in the book as being represented by an 'S' with and stroke through it.($)
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Farrar http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doreen_Valiente More evidence to suggest that the dollar sign is indeed linked with the legendary pillars of mercy and severity can be found in the origins of the dollar sign itself. According to: http://blog.dictionary.com/two-lines-dollar-sign/"Originally represents the peso. Several Spanish-speaking countries consider it their own. Peso literally means "weight" in Spanish. The origin of the dollar (or peso) sign is uncertain. However, the reigning theory is that it comes from the engraving on Spanish colonial silver coins, called real de a ocho, or "piece of eight."On the coin, flanking the Spanish coat of arms, there were two columns which represented the Pillars of Hercules with S-shaped ribbons around them." This link http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/291022772906 appears to be the same pendant for sale but the seller has unfortunately misidentified the magic square awswell and seems to have guessed at the meaning of the symbols with less enthusiam than I, clearly with the intent to sell. But this link is helpful as it contains better images of the pendant than my camera could offer. I hope including my conjectures wasn't a faux pas, ive just been so enthralled with this pendant for months. Even if its just a haux or movie prop I want to know but who knows mabey its a Masonic codex. Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this!
All the Best
Hi tom. Any idea what this is? Kind of looks like belt buckle but with old screw through it not sure.. really heavy.
Thank You Charity Parker .
Gday mate Wayne Megee from Australia (Ballarat),i found this item in 1986 with a detector whites coinmaster,it was on the western Australia Coast at the low tide water mark,it has puzzled me to what it is,I have had a few people look at it but can not seem to identify it however one person believed it could be off a floatsam whistle or a old port bottle ??Have looked at coat of arms but so many,and couldnt find the same.Stupidly had it cleaned by a jeweller anyway it is a soft metal possibly a pewter and is heavy for its size,did have a couple chains on the botttom when found.Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you Wayne Megee .
I found this small piece that is copper or brass...I have no clue what it is. I have heard many, many people say maybe it was this or maybe it's this but still have not gotten an answer. I don't know what time period it's from our what it is. Please let me know if you have any information!
Thank you for your time.
Kayleigh says: Hello, I have found a hook like object in my yard and it is made out of brass. The only thing I can read on it is Indianapolis Indiana. Please help us find out what this is.
Thank you for your time.
J.Edgar says: Dear Tom I have a Bronze musical Sculpture. The man seem to be of Asian or African decent. I can also tell that what ever metal it is, it's solid all the way through and is not clay filled. I was at a very old abandoned house and found this piece alone with several other German collectables, but they were all identifiable and easy to research. This is the only one I have not even found a source on. Please Help me Identify my item.
Thank You J.Edgar
Can you help in dating this padlock found 3 inches below ground just outside of Salisbury it is about 3.5cm tall,Any info on dates ect would be great. I'm new to this so not a clue. It could be very recent for all I know. I'd just like to know where it would have come from.
Thank You Ryan
Okay so I was doing some gardening and I happened to stumble upon this. I've tried to find out info about it about it and have had no luck. i live on the Oregon Coast and i don't think its from this county. So if u could plz help me i would appreciate it so much thank you.
Thank You Ronnie
Rob Langdon IDed this item as a Wax Seal
Hi Tom. I've attached two photos of a bowl I found in the dirt years ago that I believe is Copper? Not sure. Thought it was silver at first, but cleaned it with a silver polish and notice a green/blue tint and a copper color in the middle. I've tried looking up the stamp on the back but can't seem to find one like that. I'd like to know what it is so I can find out if it's worth anything.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.
rEY says: Could you please help me identify my Celtic Cross, its very large I have tested it I believe its 80 percent silver I have done the silver acid test and it turned brown color, the dimensions of the cross are 7&a half inches in width and 12 inches in length and half an inch thick. I will send you front and back pictures, thank you for your time and interest
Hello, thank you for this site. I recently came across this old pin mixed in with some old buttons and have had no luck finding out what it is. It is approx 1/2 inch around and has a back that screws on.
Thank You MARY
Your find was Identifed by Rob a member of my forum at http://tomstreasuresforum.com Rob says: Your find is a WOODMEN OF THE WORLD PIN
My husband went metal detecting and found this button i am unable to find anything on it please help if you can.
Thank You Tammy
Found in field in Chester county, pa . My best find with my whites dfx300 not sure what but pretty neat
Thank You Richard
PETE GEORGE SAYS: It appears to be a "clamshell" guard from a Fraternal or Militia dagger or small straight-sword. Due to the small size of Richard's find, I lean toward it being from a dagger. I don't have a photo of one exactly like it... but the photo below will give you the general idea of a "clamshell" guard's form and location.
IHello Tom, I'm spending far too much time trying to find out what this metal item is I picked up today at a local flea market (in CT). It measures about 4 inches long at its longest point (there are 3 of them radiating out from the center, as you can see), and the little medallion at the center has a diameter of about 2 inches.
On that raised center disc, there's a figure of a running female nude depicted, and on one side of her is the letter "T" and on the other side there's a "K".
I checked all kinds of acronym and initial Websites, but no luck on TK (except for a Polish company, TK TeleKom, but that was started in 2001).
So is it a company's initials, or a product's, or even a single person's? And what is the item used for? Is it a car part, machine part, or just a decorative piece? I'm not very mechanically / technically minded, but I was drawn to the Art Deco-style figure depicted more than anything. It kind of reminds me a bit of the FTD logo, and also a figure used in vintage Modern Library books, which was designed by the Art Deco- era artist and illustrator Rockwell Kent. I'm sorry, you didn't need all that info!
Sorry my pictures aren't so great. Tried taking more but my old digital camera is acting up on me today.
I'd love to know what this metal piece is -- FYI, the underside view looks to be more coppery red than the right-side, which is pretty worn out metal and must have been exposed to the elements.
Thanks so much in advance for any help you can give me!
Sincerely, Patricia Bayer
firstname.lastname@example.org says It might be the brace for the bottom of a three legged table.
I was recently in the Somme and among shells and detonators - and two live grenades! - lying in a field I found this circular piece of metal. I have photographed both sides of it at the side of a ruler. I first thought it was part of the firing mechanism in the base of a small shell, but I don't believe it is that now. Are you - or someone you know - able to identify this artefact, please? I know it's a long-shot but I cannot find anything remotely similar to it anywhere.The diameter of the entire object is 5cm and the inner hole's diameter is 3cm.
I know it's a long-shot, as it could be anything, but I know I'm in good hands with you and your website; so thank you again. I picked it up where there were once German trenches (Mash Valley - not that far from Thiepval and Beaumont-Hamel) in the Somme, along with shells, cartridges and a German uniform button - so it could be German? But I did also find British grenades in the same field, so it's anyone's guess as to its origin? Many thanks in anticipation of your help and advice,
Thank You Richard
My husband and I like to visit little second hand shops and collect things we find interesting. We would like to know more about this piece that I have attached a photo of.
NJCOUNTYOFFICER SAYS: It's a novelty pendant/key chain knife (sometimes called cigar cutters). The two small blades pull out from the sides. I collect and make knives (also sold them) and have seen these quite often, even had a few that were used as promos for companies/events. There are tons of fakes and remakes of these knives, mainly the Coca Cola knives. This one was sold on eBay for $65
The front is plain can't seem to find anything about this.
Thank You Paula
My husband found this while metal detecting in East Texas and we are trying to figure out what it is. We would also like to know how old it might be. The only marking on the back is "Sterling" which we assume means it's sterling silver. Any help identifying this piece is much appreciated!
I found this metal piece at an early 1900's home site along with a few other relics. This is the only piece I couldn't identify. I've tried researching and couldn't come up with a clue of what it could be. All I know, is that it's magnetic. The side with the crimps is 2.3/4" wide, the height is approximately 3/4" Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rob Langdon has identified the find as a 55 gallon metal barrel bung
These are two interesting finds I pulled out of the ground behind an semi old brick church . First the little one appears to be a button , the back post crumbled off as i was rubbing mud off as i pulled out hole . The second is a buckle but theres to much rust and i do not know how to remove it and not damage the integrity of it . Any help of identication and or at lease time period would be so greatly appreciated thanks .
Please help identify this U.S. Navy Brass item! Found in old trash pit. Possibly during WWI era.
Rob Langdon says: That is a post 1880 rope tensioner/adjuster, but probably more likely to be of the WWI period.
Rob Langdon says: That is a post 1880 rope tensioner/adjuster, but probably more likely to be of the WWI period.
We found this in a creek on our farm. Do you know what it is?
kathywieland says: It is the chain hook for a sled runner. For a farm sled instead of a wagon in the winter
Can you help me with my first find please or give me ideas on to identify an object? ?
Thank You Very Much,
Obtained this in a box of stuff at an auction. Any idea what it is
Thank You, Matt
njcountyofficer on tomstreasuresforum.com identified this item: It's an "Oahu" steel tone slide for playing the Hawaiian steel guitar. It's circa 1930's and was made by the Oahu Publishing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. The Hawaiian guitar is played by laying it on your lap and sliding a steel bar to get that "Hawaiian" sound. When I was a kid my cousin was learning how to play one, not easy.
These were found on a beach in Boston Mass, any idea what these could represent
Thank You, Keith
I have no idea what writing this is. It measures 4.5 inches across. Made of pewter or lead.
Thank You, Keith
Found this while digging a drive way in pascagoula mississippi
it is about 2"x2" and about 1" tall it's made of brass.
I wonder if you can help me. I have found this ancient looking metal half a casing in my back garden when landscaping it. It has the words 'Siemens' and possibly 'London' writien on it and the further down it says what I can only make out to be '301A'. Inside the half of the casing there is a crystallised substance which I can only imagine would be what was in the casing. Please help me identify this object as am very intrigued.,it roughly measures 200mm x 100mm
Thank You Cameron Chorley
Cerne Alexander says: It is a underground cable box
Here is a statue or something a friend found in her yard here in Creston Iowa. If you know anything about it could you please advise.
SSperky says: Please could you id this for me found near an air raid shelter so could be modern.
Thank You for any Help You can Provide
This is my 1st ever metal detecting find. Can someone help me identify this item? I found it here in Southwest Louisiana, near our home. Thank you for any help you can provide, I truly appreciate your time.
Thank You for any Help You can Provide
ROBERT WIGTON SAYS: This piece is rivited to the swing door if a truck trailer and when you swing door open there is another piece on side of trailer that this slides in to hold door open.still in use today
Hi. I have attached a photograph of a find. I am unsure what it is and came across your website. Am hoping you may be able to help? The item is a very thin metal square with foreign writing on and a star.
Hi Tom, I recently acquired a set of tags that look very old and I'm almost certain they are definitely from an important period in history. I came across your website and figured maybe you could shed some light as to what they are. They look like slave tags of some sort. My aunt had won an auction on a storage unit. In that unit were several high dollar items (why people leave such valuable things in storage is beyond me, but she made a killing). These sparked my interest so she gave them to me. On one of the tags, it looks to be a man in cuffs down on one knee. On the other is a man standing upright holding a stake of some sort with words I can't quite make out. I'm sure a magnifying glass could help. In any regard, if you can help me identify these, I'm quite interested.
Appreciate any Help
Help Identify This
Hi Tom-we found this near Rippy Ridge in central Tennessee-any ideas?
Trisket and MF
I'm a beginner at detecting. I found this item in Rehoboth Mass. on some land that has history dating back to the 1700's and even earlier for Native American activity. I found this bell or ball I'm not sure. It's hollow and looks to be copper. Let me know what you think it is when you have a chance . Thanks..
Stephen Moats Says: I live in Lansdale PA. and I have a pendent I know nothing about and wanted to know if you knew anything about it. I have researched and can find nothing like it if you can help and know any information please let me know
When I went metal detecting I found This frog eyed looking thing need to know what it is
I found this Egyptian Hieroglyphics motif plate/charger about 15 years ago and I've been trying to figure out it's approx. age and what metal it is made from. It is roughly hand made...edges are cut in a scalloped pattern, but not clean or polished. The Egyptian motif is intricately hand etched, and there are 3 feet applied to the bottom. I did have an expert in Egyptian Antiquities look at pictures of this and she told me that it is probably from one of the Egyptian Revival periods, but she couldn't be sure without seeing it in person.
I am also curious as to the metal used for this plate. I do not have acid to test with, but I held a magnet to it and it is not magnetic....but on the other hand, if left sitting for a long time, a green'ish patina forms on the surface. I'm thinking the metal is either copper, or brass, or a combination of both. The pictures do not represent the true color. It is more like bright, shiny yellow. I am not lucky enough for this to actually be gold! It is approx. 10" dia. & weighs 542 gms. or 1.3 lbs. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks So Much
Kdenby says: It is quite contemporary (probably made in the last 25 years), and simply decorative. It is made of copper. (I have one that is quite similar hanging in my rec room).
Hope this helps. Kevin
Hi,Went out treasure hunting with a friend. He found something we couldn't identify. I tried looking up coins and tokens but no luck.
It is 5/8 inch by just under an inch (15/16). For it's size it has some weight to it and feels like metal. In the pics you'll see the metal isn't very solid. and pitted/chipped easily. You'll also note the Oriental script. Any idea?
I recently found this metal detecting in a field that was once an old tip/dump site. I know its not of great age but I am rather curious as to what it maybe, if anyone could help thanks.
Greetings to all,
I need some help with identifying this item. The board is 85cm long (33"), 6cm wide (2 1/2"), 2cm thick (3/4"). The knobs are 5cm tall (2") diamiter 4cm (1 1/2").
This piece was found at the mississippi river bank near Pt. Pleasant, MO. Would any one what this is and maybe what this could have been used for.
Copper Brooch Found In TN, Can You Identify
Dear Tom and metal enthusiasts, I dug this in from an old town dump site. I do not know what it is. The bottom is hollw, the one loop is attached with a metal screw and bolt. The metal going through the loop is broken, it is the same metal that was going through the two slots (small piece that fell out of the slots is shown). It appears to be broken on the toe part of it. Thank you all for your help
My first out with a metal detector and not sure what this item is Many thanks Craig dakin
.My mom was friends with an antique dealer, she told him if he found anything unique to call her, he did find a ring that my mother bought, I was told it was a crest that was pressed into wax... I would like to identify the ring..
If the pics do not show enough detail, let me know.. It has a layered top. A wreath,sword,gavel,and a crown. Has a diamond on top of crown, 8 smaller ones under it, 2 in center and 5 on bottom of crown. Is done in yellow and white gold. Is not stamped, jewler said would not be due to age. Was said by another jewler that it was over 200 years old. If not thats ok, just would like to know info on the crest and family.
With god all things are possible
Kdenby says: I don't believe that is a 'seal' - they are typically never pierced (with holes) otherwise they would clog up with sealing wax (which is a lot thicker and harder than candle wax) and what leaked through would burn the user (as sealing wax gets really REALLY hot in molten state).
I would be curious to see the reverse side of the ring to see how well the ring band is attached, and to see if there are any makers marks the jeweler might have missed. I am not sure why he would say that there would be no hall-marks due to its age as English and continental jewelers, pewtersmiths, silversmiths and goldsmiths were putting their marks on items starting around the early 1400's.
The arches on the crown seem to remotely mimic those of the St. Edward's Crown, but that is about as far as it goes. (the Orb, pearls, lillies, and ermine band are completely absent). It certainly is not a British, German, Russian or Papal crown (actually, it does not seem really be of any design I know of at all). The sword below the crown is a stylized crucifix pattern sword, but I have no idea the significance for the gavel. The red-gold wreath behind the crown does not clearly depict any kind of noble foliage (oak leaves, maple leaves, laurel leaves....). I would say that if the stones are real diamonds and the metals are gold, it is a privately made/designed ring, but I firmly believe that the design is not heraldic and do not represent any kind of coat-of-arms.
Best I can offer.
. I found a bullet shaped item that is heavy and about 2.5 inches and has a small hole any ideas brass maybe
All help is appreciated
Hello, I stumbled upon your website trying to identify my belt. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Kedenby says: From what I can gather from your photos, your belt and buckle are costume jewelry. The upper picture shows that the part that attaches to the belt is a sand casting of white metal and has been anodized in gold. (If you look closely you will see small round marks in the casting - that is where holes in the mold were for pouring the casting metal into the mold. Once the metal has cooled, the sand mold is broken away and these 'twigs' are ground off before plating.)
The outer plate appears to be stamped metal also anodized and affixed with a ring of rhinestones. The centre of the plate seems to show a face but beyond that is it hard to make out.
The belt is patent leather, machine stitched with commercial made brass grommets.
Hope this helps. Cheers. Kevin
All help is appreciated
I found this ring in Montgomery Alabama while metal detecting it's sterling silver it has a cloud with rain,a symbol looks like a chevy truck symbol, thunderbird symbol,arrow, sun,a curve arrow,and a symbol looks like a black egg
All help is appreciated
Dug this button, Can anyone help Identify
All help is appreciated
I found this item in northeastern Illinois. Its is 3 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide.
All help is appreciated
I found this while searching in northeaster illinois. It is only 3 1/2 inches long. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify it.
Paul Langeslay and One other Person says: I believe it is a old co2 cartridge from a pellet gun. Hope this helps
I found this on a beach in fl and its not a weight but its very heavy for a small peice it has no holes and kind of rusted can u tell me what it is
Trying to id this buckle. Any help would be appreciated.
Rob says: It isn't a buckle, but rather a buckle cover, [aka buckle guard & buckle shield], originally patented by Mosman in 1879. It was used on a horse harness buckles
I found this and have looked everywhere on line trying to get info on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated
I was given this by a friend and have read a lot about the company. I cant seem to find anything about the trophy. I would love help in finding Info on it and maybe if it has any monitary worth. Thank you
I would appreciate an y info on this item, if any, on the lid is inscribed the words "Don't Sweat Here It Is " and on the bottom the number "1776".
Any idea what this is? Found while metal detecting. Thank you for any information you can provide
Thanks for Your help
Please help identify this find. It appears to be copper, non magnetic. This photo was taken of the back side which shows a loop on one side and fastener on the other. Maybe some type of brooch?? It was found in GA just south of Augusta about a foot underground. On the front it has two egyptians facing each other which you can see on the back side too.Any information will be appreciated
Thanks for Your help
KDENBY@AOL.COM SAYS: Interesting pin. Respectfully, in my opinion, I believe it to be a bit of modern costume jewellery done with a neo-egyptian style depiction. Closer examination of the two faces show that they are not in keeping with typical egyptian-style artwork.
On the reverse, you can see the remains of where and how the original pin was affixed. It is a very modern day pin style that has been broken away and the swivel end of the pin has been crushed. I am not sure if it is copper: it if was and it had been buried for a while, I would have expected it to have that green waxy build-up that weathered copper accumulates over time. Being costume jewellery, I get the impression that it might just have a faux finish to suggest copper.
Hope this helps.
I recently found the attached artifact. I think it is Civil War era. I found it along side an 1864 Indian Head penny at about 6" deep. The area had a farm house that dates back to the early 1800's. I am hoping that you can help. I think I have found a historical site. I have exhausted all of my resources, other than approaching a historical society. Thank you for all you help.
Thanks for Your help
Kdenby says: Greetings -
The item appears to be a single link from a decorative chain. From the picture showing its reverse side, you can clearly see how the single piece back-plate has two loops formed on on one side and two corresponding hooks on the other. I suspect they link together with others to form a chain (possibly as a closure for a cape or perhaps even as 'one of a kind' sword slings).
I don't recall ever having seen this arrangement as a standard US military item, so I would guess that it was likely privately made for personal use (I say this because the back plate does not show any manufacturer's or maker's stamp), and I imagine that whomever made it used the top of military buttons for the decorative front and replaced the normal back plate and loop with this chain-link design.
I find it interesting that the device looks like it was painted black at some point. (The use of black buttons is typical of British Commonwealth Light Infantry and Rifles Regiments, but I am unaware of US units ever having used them). This is the best I can come up with. Cheers.
My 16 year old son just got into the hobby and was searching in the back yard of my North Stamford, CT home. The piece is about 1" x 1/2"...looks gold, but has some gray and black in it. It is quite heavy for such a small piece. The back is flat and dark with perhaps a small hole at the top. There were reports that a trail went through the back yard which may have been frequented by travelers in the 1700 and 1800's.
Thanks for helping.
I have a walking lizard charm, dull white in color, and pink sapphire eyes. It is Mark 14k on the belly and there is a mark of some sort on the throat. the closest I have come to finding 1 like it was designed by Rembrandt. Can you help?
Thank You for Your time
Can you Identify this item.
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Can you help me identify this? I know it is 1 inch in diameter has the poinsettia on the back and the star on the front. A magnet stick to it and it has a yellowish tint to it but the pendant itself has a dull white look to it. I found it in the garage with some other things, might have come from overseas. Cannot find any purity marking, there are some extra markings in the top left next to the hoop.
Thank You for Your time
I wondering if you may possibly be able to help me. I have been trying to find any information regarding a plate that was given to me by my 90 year old mother who inturn, was given the plate by her mother.
I have attached a Photograph It is a white plate with gold leaf writing around the rim (In German) which says: "Give us today (gib uns Heute) our Daily Bread" (Unser trglich Brot) In the centre of the plate is the "Iron Cross" with "1914" towards the bottom of the cross. In the centre of the cross is the letter "W" Above the cross it say's: "With God" (Mit Gott) and below the cross it say's: "For King and Fatherland" (Fur Koing Und Vaterland) (In German)
There are no markings under the plate. Would you possibly know the value of this plate to sell. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards, Peter Terleckyj
I found these while MDing in historic Hampton va. The buckle thing has two lion heads on it and is heavy brass I think. The other is a brass ring and pin. Thanks.
My 6 yr old son found these items here on our farm with his metal detector. He was wondering how old they might be and if the buckles are from a belt or maybe a saddle.Thank You Michelle
Lead disc with hole in center could be a musket ball lead supply for troops in the field to make more balls.(has patina of musket ball type also same weight as ball). Buckle of some sort not sure what, made of non magnetic metal with an iron or steel ball in center piece that is now fused. Both objects found near war of 1812 battle field NE US. US quarter for size comparisonThank You
I thought this was a plumb but found out it is part of a trigger guard of a flintlock musket shown below
Object was found in woods near 1812 battle site Northeast US. Appears to be made of silver is curved and has image of man with colonial style appearance surrounded by various decoration, bland areas are matte also has a fine milled edge. Could be a ring face but doubt it. Has a small crater on reverse side as if attached to something at one time. Is next to a US dime circa 1959 for size comparison.
Item found near War of 1812 NE US battle siteThank You
Kdenby says: Good evening -
From your picture, I would guess that your small silver device is quite possibly a decorative escutcheon plate from a firearm. Privately owned weapons (both pistols and rifles) were often decorated by the owner, and during this period, many soldiers in the US and in Canada used their own personal weapons. Pennsylvania long rifles (aka 'Kentucky' long rifles) were renown for their fine and elegant inlaid decorations of brass and silver. I have seen small decorative plates of various shapes and design carved with initials, faces, dates and//or national symbols inlaid into the sides and backs of both rifle and pistol butts, as well as being carved into the barrels and other metal 'furniture'.
To find out if it is silver, a quick trick is to rub hard it with your thumb for a moment and then smell your fingers - the metalic smell of silver is unmistakable.
It really is a Interesting item.
Hope this helps. Cheers. Kevin
Hi I've found an erotic male and female ( what I think is bronze) sculpture , it's slightly different because it has a lever on it that makes it move.
Hi I would really appriciate any help identifying this item , it really is quite heavy
I recently found this brass and/or copper gobblett in an antique store in Brookings, OR. Can you identify the origin and the age? There are no markings
Thank you in advance.Mark W Christensen
I need help with this. It was found in an Ohio corn field. An 1865 area map shows a school house and a residence in close proximity to this find. Several old coins and buttons were found. This appears to be a mirror image of a coronet large cent on a thick, non ferris metal slab. I'm not sure of the metal but since it's very heavy for it's size but not soft like lead I thought possibly pewter but that's only a guess.The print size is identical to a large cent's and they match when placed on one another. It's as if someone made a die to make large cents. The back is rough but stars can be seen. The details are in relief and backward.
Brandon K McPeake says: Ancient Roman coins were struck, but counterfeiters occasionally used genuine coins to make molds from which counterfeits were cast. This page illustrates such molds for common "FEL TEMP REPARATIO" coins of the reform of Constantius II and Constans c. AD 348 - 350. The molds are for full-size counterfeits, not for the very common reduced size counterfeits which were usually struck coins.
A group of molds was found in an unknown location. Eleven molds of the same diameter (29mm) were used in a "gang mold" to cast ten counterfeit coins at once (each of diameter about 23mm). Nine of the molds are two-sided, and two of the molds are endpieces and have but one side.This is a side view of the molds stacked together (probably not in the original order), with the pouring channel slots lined up. It seems they were to fit together in a stack, but the precise order in which they fit has not been determined, and it seems there may have been still more molds in the original group that did not come with these. To make the casting process work, there may have been three stacks side-by-side so the moulten metal could be poured down the gap between them (cf. George Boon, "Counterfeit coins in Roman Britain", Figure 4B). If so, this group is missing many of the original molds. Here is a side view of the fit of the four that might have originally fit together. So have a very rare find..Hold on to it...
Any help would be appreciated. Terry Hall
I was metal detecting around the Brazos river near Richmond, TX and came across this brass item recovered under about 3 inches of soil. I am at a loss of what this could be.
BRADLEY REAVES Says: It looks like the end of a garden hose,Many of them were brass
Any help would be appreciated. Daniel Sutherland
When I was arrowhead hunting I found this small plate,ground known to have had a indian encampment,and battle. It metal or brass 3 inches wide,has writing on inside,which picture dosent show ,stick figure looks like 3 squares,looks like letters AA 2,but cruder than our letters.Any info appreciated.
Thanks so much!
FOUND THIS IN FLORIDA IN A FRIENDS YARD, NOT SURE IF IT'S A RELIC, LOOKS LIKE A SWORD SCABBARD ( SWORD TIP PROTECTOR/COVER ) IS GOLD COLORED AND A MAGNET WILL NOT STICK TO IT. THANKS TO ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS FOR SURE, WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW IT'S VALUE.
Thanks so much!
Yes, you have the scabbard tip from what is probably either a knife or bayonet (more likely the former over the latter). It looks like it is brass, and may at one time been copper plated and then finished in gold applied gilt, which accounts for why it is non-magnetic.
The oak leaves with the acorns design suggests it might be of German manufacture since they used the leaves and acorn decoration extensively dating back from Waterloo to present day. I doubt it is military unless it was privately made, and in the event it is, the lack of swastikas would date it pre NAZI era.
It's value unfortunately is going to be truly minimal, unless you are fortunate enough to also find Kaiser Wilhelm's remains beside it (sorry - could not resist the kidding. lol)Cheers. Kevin
I have been searching for years trying to find a ring similar to one that i own. After hours of searching and talking with several people I still have no clue what it is I have. This ring pictured is the closest i've ever seen! When i was given my ring i was told it had been handed down through the years of a family of Druids. And the last of the family had no children so she gave it to a friend of mine. Who also had no children so he gave it to me. I have attached photo's of my ring. Any information would be great! Oh and it's VERY heavy. I'm not sure what metal it is but I do think the designs are made of copper
Thanks so much!
KDENBY SAYS: Greetings -
It is Masonic - the lower picture is inverted and if turned around you will clearly make out a very worn down Masonic Square and Compass. I am no great expert on the Druids, but I am pretty sure there were no Druid based Masonic lodges, so I am afraid that bit of family lore is more entertaining than factual. (Dreadfully sorry about that....)
The lion on the wings of the ring look to me like the Lion of Belgium but that is just my first impression. It could have almost any meaning.
I suspect the ring is made of white casting metal and you might be correct with the embellishments being copper, although they could also be brass or bronze, and likely were gold plated when new.If you were looking to replace it, try looking up businesses that supply masonic and fraturnal items. I would guestimate that this ring was made around 1920s.
Trying to find out what this is? A magnet does stick. Found it about a foot or so down on the beach in gulf shores. Just got the metal detector and seems pretty fun so far
Thank You Kindly for your time
GRANT MCGILL SAYS:The item, that looks like a cannon ball with even grooves in it.
This is a petanque or Bocce ball, or boules, a game of tossing a heavy ball to get closest to a marker or "jack"
The set of from which this ball would havecome from would originally been 3 or 4 pairs of balls each pair marked with a different number of grooves to make a pattern.
Each player uses a pair of boules to attempt to get closest to the Jack. I have included an image for reference
Regards, Grant. A once avid detectorist, who is thinking of getting back into it
I was wondering of you might know what kind of cotter pin or hitch pin this might be?? I found it at East Cavalry Battle field in Gettysburg, Pa. in March 2010.
Brandon K McPeake says:It is a pin that would hold the plow etc. To the back of the tractor....They can still be bought at tractor supply.. The rusting is caused from to much fertilizer in the ground which can eat metal quickly...And make it look old... Due to the deterioration of it metal i would say early 50's i have a yard i metal detect in and at one time it was a garden and the rate of rust on those item are close to the rate of rust on yours...
Thank You Kindly for your time
Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? I live in MN and found it many years ago when I was very little. I've been unable to find anything like it. It seems as if it's hand carved and with blackened tarnish so maybe it's silver but I'm very curious as to what exactly it is and if someone could tell me what it might be worth though I don't feel I could ever sell it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You, Jon
Kdenby@aol.com says: Any chance it might be some kind of company made jewellery for the owner of an Indian Motorcycle?
I found this in Marymore park Redmond WA, with a minelab x-terra 705 metel detector. Its made out of lead and is 1 1/8 inch Dia.
It is quite possible that this is a lead seal from an ammunition or an ordnance crate. (In this case, [pardon the pun] something from the US Navy).
Taking a closer look at the small imperfection on the edge will probably reveal the remains of a very thin copper or brass wire. This wire was passed through a loop in the crates wire bindings and then back through the seal slug before it is crimped with an embossing tool. The seal had multiple uses including to ensure no tampering of the crate contents had occurred or to track the 'shelf-life' of the product in the crate.
Over my years with the Canadian Forces and having visited numerous British military museums, I have seen these kinds of seals used to secure ammunition cans, ration crates, weapon crates, and perishable medical supplies.Hope this helps.
My son and I found this buckle while metal detecting in northern pa by a foundation. It was made buy James S. Smith &sons new york. It measures 2 3/4 by 3 3/4. I think the cannons stand for artillery and the fire pot stands for ordnance. I cant find this anywhere. I please help.... its driving me crazy!
The insignia has the appearance of pre - 1834 Field Artillery. The Flaming Bomb over Crossed Cannons was used up to that time. After that time frame they became seperate and the Crossed Cannons were used by Field Artillery and the Flaming Bomb by the Ordnance Units. I would speculate the plate is not actually a buckle but more of a strap insignia attached to a leather shoulder strap.This idea is also supported by your first photo showing the item vertically with the bomb on top and the cannons below.Your photo suggests the item is bronze or brass with attachment tabs which would further add to the idea of a plate insignia. I will research the item further and pass along any futher info I may find. Good Luck in your search!
PETE GEORGE SAYS: The "orientation" of the emblems on your plate's front in comparison to the three attachment-hooks on its back means it is a shoulder-belt plate.
I did not find an exact match for your shoulder-belt plate with crossed cannons AND a "flaming bomb" in the very best book on the subject, "American Military Belt Plates" by Michael J. O'Donnell and J. Duncan Campbell.
That being said, I can tell you that its maker's-mark, "James S. Smith & Sons / New York" means it was manufactured sometime between 1861 and 1887. The James S. Smith Co. added "& Sons" to its name in 1861. The last listing for that company in the New York City Business Directory was in 1887.
The plate itself is a common "stock" (meaning, generic) plate manufactured for various State Militia and National Guard units in that time-period. The generic plate's face was manufactured blank, with several small holes in it so that whatever emblem the customer wanted could easily be applied by the manufacturer.
You say your shoulder-belt plate was dug in Northern Pennsylvania ...which is over 100 miles from any civil war battles. That would "tend" to indicate it is most probably a Pennsylvania National Guard (formerly PA State Militia) unit's plate for its artillerymen.T
hat being said, I will give Mike O'Donnell a phonecall about your shoulder-belt plate, in case he has seen a match-up for it in the 16 years since his book was published. I will then post any additional information he might have for you.regards,Pete
Thank You Steve
Can you help id this it is a silver hair pin with markings on the back the key is in the markings thanks
Respectfully, are you sure it is silver? Here is a trick - find a piece of solid (not sterling) silver, rub it with your finger and then smell your finger - that distinct metallic smell is a dead give-away for determining if something is silver or not.
White metal, polished pewter and sterling silver call all look like the same thing. Solid silver jewelry is normally (but not always) marked with 'hall-marks' identifying the maker, country of origin and year of manufacture. (Especially Canadian, British and most European sources).
Your pin looks like it is cast (see the unfinished edges on the back-side of the pin?), and the markings on the back appear to be asian (although which country I cannot say - most likely China as the Japanese are really finicky about being incredibly detailed in their work), and since there is no english or french on the pin, it was probably made for the asian domestic market. That the markings appear to be rubbed away possibly from polishing and just wear, suggests it might not be silver but white metal.
Hope this helps (and I also hope that it turns out to be solid silver, too!) Cheers. Kevin
Thank You Brian
Here's a pic of the medal that I was curious about. I found it in a box of my uncle's things in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
It's approximately 3 inches in diameter and I it looks to be brass. I cannot figure out the writing around the outside for the life of me!
First glance, it looks like a scottish clan badge for a balmoral cap (often referred incorrectly as a Tam o'Shanter cap), however what appears to be a suspension loop on the top over the "K" letter suggests it might be some kind of pendant - maybe even a privately made, one-off piece of jewellry. It is possible that it was converted from one to another, but without seeing the reverse side, I would only be guessing as to whether the attachment clasp was ever present or had been removed. I am sure, however that it is neither a plaid brooch nor a kilt pin device.
The device's annulus (ring) looks hand-made, while the heraldic armoured right arm holding the staff or rod (it is definitely NOT a sword) appears cast and seems to be very neatly soldered. The lettering and the two rings around the annulus are clearly hand chased, and look very much late 18th / early 19th century work.
Just to make things more awkward in identification it could be either of Scottish or Irish manufacture in which case the letters could be gaelic text. (In which case, decyphering THAT should keep one occupied over a weekend!)One thing for certain - it really is a work of art. Cheers. Kevin
A couple of weeks ago a few of my friends and I were hiking where a pipeline is being put in, in Arkansas when I came upon this, what I think could be, a revolutionary or civil war military two piece button of some sort. It appears to be made of brass and is about the size of a half dollar. The back has a clasp that is holding together the two pieces and allows it to spin around. The front has an eagle looking to the right, holding arrows in one claw and wheat or flowers in the other. there is a shield over its chest and it has a banner that goes above his wings on either side of him that I'm almost positive says E Pluribus Unum. There is also it has a set of thirteen stars above it in a circle shape. It looks identical to the eagle that is on the back of the one dollar bill. If there is anything that you could tell me about this I would really appreciate it.
. Our guys are on a project at Fort Knox, KY looking for unexpoded ordnance for the Corps of Engineers,
I bought this belt, at least I think its a belt, at a swap meet a while back, but just curious where it came from and if it has any value
It probably is a necklace from what I can make out of it's hook closure. It really would help if we knew its overall length, and seeing the closure hook up close.
It appears, from the photo, to be made of white casting metal with contemporary chain links. The manufacture of the medallions seems to be sand-cast - I say this for two reasons: firstly, because of the lack of crisp detail in the medallion (if it were 'struck' it would be clearly defined like a coin), and secondly because the suspension loop is cast-in to the medallion itself verses having been attached later. I would say this is costume jewellery.
I would be so very grateful if you could help me identify the two items below. I found these items in a box I had that contained items from my grandmother who passed away 21 years ago. These two items either belonged to my grandfather who passed away when my father was only six months old 1936 or my great grandfather who passed in the 1960's. I was born in 1964. I never got to meet any of these men and I don't really know anything about them and since everyone has passed away including my own father, this has brought me to you.
PIN: Have not found any piece of jewelry like this. It is about an 1 inch and It is sterling. I know the cross sun and the crescent moon is the alchemy symbol for mercury. Not too sure what the seven stands for except the seven metal signs. Why would they wear this. What would be the meaning behind it? Same with the pendant. Why did they where it and for what purposes. Occult, Masonic?
PENDANT: I know it is a Mayan calendar on one side and a Star of David on the other. I am baffled by the inscription in the middle of the Star of David. I can not find those letters any where. It measures 1 " and is sterling (MEO 925). I cleaned it up, put it on a chain and have gotten so many compliments on it. It's truly a beautiful piece. But I have not found one on line with dual sides Mayan on one side and Star of David on the other. Don't know if one has anything to do with the other.
Hi, Your charm is for the Friendship 7 NASA Mercury program. Bill Jones
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I have no idea if there is any connection whatsoever, but I'll bet it the speculation alone would make one marvelous topic of discussion during the family thanksgiving dinner....
. This ring is a large silver ring. It has a gold or copper symbols on each side of the ring that looks like a saint symbol. On the front of it, it has a gold or copper skull head that has a helmet with the number 13.and below that there are two bones that are in the x pattern. It appears to be made out of three different types of metal.
I have attached pictures, front and back of an old button I believe to from the Civil War or the Philippine War as my ancestor's had fought in both and the clover pin was found with the button in my great grandmother Mabel (Belle) Burrill Fraser's button box which she almost threw out but my took the box and kept just these two items.
My family lineage dates back to John Alden...My Great Granparents came over from the Orkney Islands. I would like to lable to these pictures/items for my Family Tree archive. Just wondering if you could help.
Hi, Is there any way you can identify this bracelet? It only says sterling on the back of the bird and again on the clasp.
Thanks so much Cindy
GARY WILLIAMSON SAY: Your bracelet appears to be a World War Two US Army Air Force Aerial Gunner Badge . These were authorized in 1943 for qualified gunners who were regular members of a combat crew. There should be remains of a pin clasp on the reverse for wearing on a uniform. If this is not the case the badge would be what is generally refered to as a "sweetheart pin" purchased by someone in the service for their wife, sweetheart etc. The actual badge size would be approximately 3 inches long. Any shorter and it is probably a Sweetheart pin. Regardless these are usually very collectible, especially the Aerial Gunner style.
Was wondering if you could identify this ole button of mine..
I have a horse bit that I can't seem to find any information on. It might be a driving bit of some kind. I would like to know the type of bit it is, the era it was used, and any other information on the bit that I can. It's a steel bit with sliding checks, flat mullen type bar with snaffles on either side. (see pics) I've looked at hundreds maybe a thousand or more bits on line and have found none like it.
with great appreciation and many thanks James
LOREN HORNS SAYS: Looks like you have an August Buermann bit . Listed in catalogue 35 , on page 139 , no. 82 . Universal driving bits . I have some just like it . Hope that helps . Loren
I was somewhere around San Rafael , Ca on a beach.
This specimen was 100' on shore to a 2 or 3' rise in the topography. Buried about 6-8" under in what was half sand and half soil. It was completely covered in green. It was there a long time. Heres the deal. This was the General area of the Sir Francis Drake Expedition in I think 1579. Turquoise in the Scepter. It is silver. Not marked. It is cast in 2 pieces left half to the right half. Notice that the head on one side seems different than the other.Any way, I will be quite grateful if someone can dial this one in for me.
Best Regards,Mike Palumbo
Not sure if this is a door knocker or not, I found this item while digging in an old basement of a house built in 1927. It is heavy a looks to be brass, can't figure out the company on the bottom, it looks like adderson or similar.
Thank You so much, Sonia Harder
Couper 15mm x 15mm, I was thinking that this is a fibula,but IT suggests to me that this is a sign lapel
Any help will be appreciated Josifoski
I found this medal while metal detecting around a home built in 1890 on the west coast of Florida. It says gold filled on the back and appears to be some sort of military medal.
Thanks for your help.
PaulLangeslay SAYS:Looks to me like a confederate states officer hat pin. Hope this helps
W Jones says: Hi, This is an early 1920s Girl Scouts leader collar insignia. Looks like the "G" is missing a small piece making it look like an "O" W. Jones
My Grandfather passed away, and left me with two 1840 Beaver Ten Dollar Oregon Eschange company coins. Both appear to be copper, not gold. Any ideas on what they are?
Redfish on the FORUM says: Here is what I found on your coins.
OREGON BEAVER DOLLAR Issued by North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce to defray "expenses of Centennial events…in county"; 20,000 struck; sold for 50 cents. On both obv. and rev., in a center circle, is replica of Beaver $10 gold piece of Oregon Exchange Co. (see same in any complete catalogue of U.S. coins)
I found this in the bottle dump of a home from 1915, just yesterday. It looks mandarin? Anyone know what this could be?
Thanks!! Cheers Stefanie
John Gergen says: Its Chinese. Common in Nevada minig camps, too.
Sara Rodgers says:I Found One Also. It Is A Chinese Coin. It's Called A Ming Dynasty Coin. Thanks, Sarah.
Echo Liu says: he object you found is a coin from Qing Dynasty of Emperor Qian Long (1711? 1799). It was a very prosperous time in Chinese history.
Hello, I have a I believe antique Russian hand hammered copper teapot. It has a two headed eagle on it with some wording that looks like Russian. I think it was made in the 1800 because of the marking. I would like to know the value of this item, and any details would be great. I have pictures attached and can send more.
Thank you,Katie Fletcher
This powderhorn was unearthed from underneath an oak tree. It is made out of some sort of metal and is ten and one half inches long. It has a family crest, double eagle design, and other beautiful designs. Could it have been made as an achievement or commerative award for someone special? We've been told that it is European. So far no one has been able to solve this mystery. Your help will be much appreciated. Additional photos can be seen HERE
Thank You,Mrs. June Scott
I found this locket at a thrift store and have been trying hard to identify it. By looking on the web I have not seen one like it. Any info would be appreciated, I am not a collector but really like this locket. Opens to show two pictures and has markings under them.
Thank you so much Becky
I metal detected this first item at 200 SW 21st Road, in the Brickell Hammock neighborhood of Miami Fl. which is on the Miami Ridge one mile south of the mouth of the Miami River. It was about 4-5" deep. It appears to be a crude effort at a short sword or long dagger made of bronze bar stock. It has what appears to be a crudely ground-to-shape, double-edged blade, a guard, and a hilt or handle. The tip is broken and bent. 17" long as-is.You can see photos of it and a bit of a romantic but roughly accurate description of the historical context HERE
I checked with a couple or three archeologists, one of whom had some experience with a forge, and we all agreed it was modern torch brazed bar stock ground with belt sander or grinder.
Does anyone have a different take on it? There were some boat related items, cotter pins, and a shear pin, that i dug up, so I thought it might have been made as something to do with boating.
Thank you for your time Pavo
Here's another item, a pendant of a full length standing Jesus of the Sacred Heart, wearing a cape, eexactly 5cm in height (2"). Dug up in the grass strip alongside a school in s. miami (est.1930's), it is unmarked and it acid tests as sterling or better. No magnetic response. I think it was dropped relatively recently, that is within the last 20-30 years judging by its fairly shallow depth in the ground. A great many exile Cuban families live in the affluent area of the school. They were the upper classes in Cuba. Among the Cuban middle and upper classes, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and still is to a degree, very deeply instilled, both religiously and politically.
It is very white in color, it makes my other .925 sterling objects appear dark. Although it has fairly fine sculptural details, it is somewhat crudely cast, which I have read, may be typical of Cuban silver. It weighs 13.31 grams.
Considering the large number of upper class exile Cuban families in this very affluent neighborhood, and the predominance of the Sacred Heart "cult" among them; considering also the fact that it is unmarked high quality silver, artistically rendered, but somewhat crudely cast, makse me think it is Cuban in origin.
I cleaned it in Tarn-x before taking the first 4 pictures. It was not much tarnished at all, but there were some odd spots like on the knee and in the drape folds. There was a sort of rosy cast in the cape.The 5th and 6th pictures show it before cleaning. There was a very badly rusted steel ring through the bale, which I broke off easily with a needle nose pliers. It had left some rust stains on the bail, which cleaned off pretty easily, as far as I could reach the stains in the crevices without too much trouble.
Thank you for your time Pavo
I am trying to identify this insignia I have had for about 45 years. I was told by one friend that it probably is a 1902 Army medical corps hat badge. Is that correct? Also would you know an approximate value as I am contemplating selling it on eBay.
Thank you for your time! R.W. Bowers
Your find was identified on my forum at http://tomstreasuresforum.com it is a Spanish American War Hat Badge, there is one on ebay selling for 429.oo here is the link
Could someone please help me identify this item. I found it in Memphis, TN sometime back. It looks old. I think it's brass. It's 12" x 9" with multiple henges. It maybe Catholic in origin (sword, cross, rooster). If anyone could help find out what it is, its meaning, value and where it came from I'd be very greatful.
Thanks for your help!Judy
Sparky Mclaughlin says: I believe these are from the Holy Roman Empire during the reign of Leopold the I If they are Authenicated. I was able to trace the Double Eagle Crown with Scepter and sword to that period, so far. But not an expert. As you can see by the top hanger in the one photo, it is the same hanger.
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH: The objects appear to be from the Byzantine Empire if Authenticated. If you do searches in google using the phrases in a Boolean search "Byzantine Bronze Hangers" Yu will come upon various images of the same types of hinges that are used in my objects. Again use the phrase "Byzantine Bronze Crosses or Double Headed Crowned Eagles" with or without "Sword and Sceptre (either spelling of 'Scepter')" you will again see similar images. As to the other Photos of Judy's, although I can't see them up close I have found that the Rooster is the symbol of "Peter in the Garden denying Christ three times before the Cock Crows" which would put her object in the same area of the Holy Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire. I do not know if either is authentic but now I have more to present to a curator, etc…
Sparky found additional info, you can see it here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Wall-hanging-Brass-Celtic-Byzantine-Cross-full-of-symbolism-Wrought-Iron-/380392694030?pt=LH_Defaand here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Russian-Brass-Celtic-Byzantine-Cross-Wrought-Iron-/330801079652?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d0547e564
Hi!,I was wondering if someone could identify this coin. My Mom found it in the 1970s in a barn in the middle of a crack in the floor. It looks really old and has very uneven edges, I can't tell if it's copper. It's the exact size of a quarter, and when flipped toward you the picture is right side up (unlike a regular coin). If anyone could help find the value and where it came from I'd be very happy.
Thanks for your help, Sarah
Dave McMahon says: Sarah.. Here's your coin and a link to a page with some info.. I tend to agree it is probably a copy, but u never know. U need to Get it to someone who can examine it.. Can u take closer pics.. How are the edges, and is there designing on the edges??, Dave also says: Philip II 359-336 BC-
I am gardener and dug this medallion up in Ontario Canada while making a new garden. It is approximately 4 inches from top to bottom (not including the loop on top) and 3.5 inches wide.
There is no design on the back and is not magnetic. It appears to be of a figure of Royalty or possibly a religious figure. There also is some left over residue of white paint on it as you can see in the photos.
There appears to be 2 angels on either side of the figures crown as well as a halo emanating from behind the figures head surrounded by stars.
Any information on it and it's possible value would be greatly appreciated.
Jimmy Nichols says It is most likely bronze.As forage, it is very hard todate due to the fact modern items relplicate the older (100yr) items. But I bet it dates to the forties would be my best guess. Value? the joy knowing you have a one of kind item from your garden may be the biggest reward to consider. Nice find.
Thank You Tracey
Bennett McCardle says: It's a Catholic religious medal - probably Roman Catholic, though I'm not familiar with the medals of the Ukrainian Orthodox or similar churches - showing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. Nicely designed. Not very recent style, could be from any time in the 20th century.
1864 antique medal silver 80mm round for the completion of the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul need info. On this so I can sell it. email me
Thank You Katie
Hi , I found this item whilst metal detecting in Essex England . It is gold and is 10 mm x 8 mm and 8 mm deep with a pin/ nail 12 mm long on back of it . Please can anyone give me any more info .
Many thanks Pete
MountainMan says: EXPENSIVE STAMP FOR WAX SEALING DOCUMENTS & LETTERS IDENTIFYING THE SENDER OR OWNER. In some circles this practice is still carried on in England & elsewhere. The modern rubber ink initial stamp, is a decendent of it!
We have found this coin but are having a hard time identifying it because it appears to have been mis-stamped on the back side.
Thanks So Much, Celina
MICHAEL PALUMBO SAYS: Hi Celina, What I believe you have there is an Alexander the Great Coin. I have included a LINK for you to look at. You may want to google a few more Alexander the Great Coin sites as well and take this coin to a dealer after reviewing the website Good Luck! Mike Palumbo
Gary Day says:I think it is a Shekel of Tyre
I am pretty sure I am correct. The picture was blurry but I am pretty good with old coins. This one looks like the same coins that Judas betrayed jesus with. "thirty pieces of silver" If you can see the eagle on the back good enough and some marking next to it you can make out the year. These coins are silver and the dates can be places older than Jesus then its not worth as much maybe 350-450 dollars but if the dates are around 12 ad then you can be looking 925 - 1800 dollars depending on how much was mistruck. All of those coins are like that. They sell them on the black market if there was not aq misstrike then it would be in a museum. The thing you need to determine is if that is real or not. Don't think its fake that is a common mistake just like thinking its real. If your interested I will give you a linki to help you determine the strike year. There are highly collectable and they are all over the world. People have been collecting these for about a hundred years in the states
Hi, I found this snuff box at an estate sale in a box surrounded by very very old antiques. I have been told by a snuff box "expert" that is is British & it was Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, relief facing left, which was probably made after his death in 1808 in commemoration and made it to the States during the War of 1812 along with the British. I was also told that it was rare to see him wearing his bicorn or Chateau type naval hat although he did wear a tricorn as well. I am trying to get a second opinion on this find, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Kathy
Found both of theses items in a area that I find a lot of things from the early teens to the twenties. The monkey man object is the size of a penny and has nothing on the back. The oriental piece looked as if it were attached to something, it has a small brad hole on each end. Information on these items would be much appreciated.
Thank you, Kevin
The pictures of the ring I'm sending you were found on a private farm in Orleans VA. West of Warrenton VA. The Farm was built pre American Civil War and was in the direct path of Lee's Marching Army headed North to circle up into the Battle of Bull Run. Ive hunted this land many times as it is owned by a close friend, the majority of hunts have turned up numerous Confederate and Union Relics including slave tags and shackles. Most everything I've found on this pre Bi-Centennial homestead I have been able to identify fairly easily. I do believe its copper or bronze from the awesome patina. This ring has me stumped!!!
Charlie Harris says: I may be wrong, but I think this ring to be post-Civil War. It is of the type of cheap ring that is "one size fits all." I believe that they date to the 1900 era. This one almost seems to have an Egyptian flair to it, esp. on the side view. Maybe some one else has some better ideas on it.
Colin found out what the ring was: Thank you so much for you help, I really appreciate what your doing for us hunters! I have figured it out! Like many of the people on this site I was obsessed with with finding out what it could possibly be from, it's a 1947 Lone Ranger ring! The symbols on the top are cattle brands and on the side is a western saddle! At one point there was actually a small peacemaker revolver on the top, not a stone! Great price of American nostalgia!! Here it is in its original glory! Notice the saddle on the side
Hi, This site was so helpful with my last find, that I thought I would send in my Union Button. I think its a 1852 to 1864 Civil War Union Button, but would really like to clarify. We found this in the same area as the Brass sash buckle. It says Hortsmann Bros & Comp. Phila. On the back.
Charlie Harris This is actually a post-Civil War button. The small shield in the eagles chest denotes the later style. It also has a higher dome than the Civil War buttons
Larry Hockman Charlie's right. That button also has what we always called a turkey necked eagle. They started using that type of eagle in 1872 and it was used until 1902 when they changed to the Great Seal. Sorry it isn't civil war
Stefanie, Austin, Tx.
Hello, I found this object on the Florida Gulf Coast. I thought it was a sand dollar until I picked it up and felt how heavy it is. It is not magnetic. Have been researching online websites dealing with old medallions and coins but nothing matchs. Measures 3 1/2 inches across and 2 1/2 inches high, very thin. Heavy gold gilted, when we chipped a corner of it the color is still the same inside. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
JIM LAMP'L SAYS: It looks like a fossil ( sand dollar) that has been altered or replaced with pyrites. We have perriwinkle shells and ray's teeth here in nj that have been totally replaced by pyrite, and they usually start to break up when out of the water. The organic material is replaced by local available inorganic material. Kind of like when pyrites are replaced by iron and are called siderites. Pretty cool! Basic fossil making. You can do a streak test on the suspect pyrite (use streak plate) the streak should be blackish in color.
Thanks, Amy Cook in Oklahoma
Hi, I found this detecting in the hill country near Austin Tx. I did find a civil war button in the same area. It looks old, and I have researched the internet and I just can't find out what it might be. Obviously, it's a buckle of some sort, but it may just be to obscure to identify. Any info is greatly appreciated =) .
Charlie Harris says: It is lightweight stamped brass & you only have about 1/2 of it. There will be another identical except for the center barpiece. It is a woman's overcoat or sash buckle. The cloth belt or sash wraps around the bar on the reverse. The other half is the same, but it also has a hook that hooks into this part for closure. Originally it was a shiny brass.
Stefanie, Austin, Tx.
We gave each other metal detectors for Christmas, without knowing :) We were relic hunting New Years Eve and found this wrench. We believe it was blacksmith made. Found 8in under the soil. It is 9 and 1/2 inches from tip to tip. It weighs 14 oz.
We would like to find out what it may have been used for.... and approx when it may have been made.
Found near railroad. Happy New Year hunting!
Thank you! CJ
ALEX WATTERS SAYS: The Relic Wrench you have is called a "Breakman's Wrench". It was used in the early 1900's by Railroad "Breakman" or Firemen. It was used to work on the oil lines feeding the early locomotive engines. It was normally attached to a to the side of a long nosed oil can. There were 4 different points that this wrench would be used on. Rather than carry four wrenches they designed the one to be carried on the oil can itself. The square hole in the wide end is where it attached to a the oil can itself by a hook. I will look for a photo of one showing the can and the wrench together and forward it on to you. Alex
BUD SENEY SAYS: I was born and raised on a farm and it is a Plow Wrench
I would be so delighted if someone could help me identify these objects. It all started when my father found a small bunny rabbit playing the horn/trumpet in his back garden here in England during the 1960s. Since starting my research I have uncovered many simular rabbits, all the same make but in different poses. Some play musical instruments, some using jump-ropes, some pulling carrots from the ground etc All items are unmarked and every single one seems to come from the USA. They range from 3/4" - 1 1/2" and are simply adorable! I have purchased a few but none of the sellers can tell me who made them or when. If anyone can give me any information about these rabbits I would be forever grateful!
Naomi Moore, Devon, England
This object was found in the back yard of our historic home in Maryland. It seems to be a casting of yellow brass or copper because of its color. It has what seems to be an embossed arrow symbol that might have been carved into the casting. Its about 5/16 thick and weighs a little less than a pound.Can you tell me what it might be?
Thank You David
I have another item that I would like to see if any of your readers could help me with. I found this in an area where an old 1840 ish old school was located. The building was torn down years ago but I have found lots of interesting things there. Thought it was a spark plug when I first dug it up, but I don't think it is. It has copper/brass top the looks to screw in and out possibly moving the rod at the end. The body is porcilen. Thanks for any help!
ROB LANGDON SAYS: You were correct in your initial thoughts. It is an old spark plug. The porcelain has popped out of its base, but that is what it is.PAUL HUBNER SAYS: Its a spark plug see here
Metal spear head found in Kent garden uk. 3 more pics to follow, please be so kind to date and identify.
Thanks in advance for your help Mr Gual
Ian John Hennwinkle says: Most likely post medieval & probably a decorative item from a stately house. I doubt if this has come out of the ground, it's in too good a condition. A nice find non the less.
PAVO: SAYS i think its wrought iron. Wrought iron resists corrosion very well. Whereas mild steel rusts out completely underground in a few years, wrought iron may last for centuries or more. The twist indicates to me a decorative element to it. My best guess...17th century, possibly a finial for a fence post or gate?
I found this at an old homesite in maine. Seems to have a plated surface . I cant tell what letters are intertwined a AV or a AM. There is no markings on it at all. Because of this I am have trouble identifying its origin and significance.
Any info would be more than appreciated ! Thanks, Nate
Charile Harris says: I looked at my humongous list of Fraternal Organizations & find 2 different AOMs. They are Ancient Order of Muts (Muts is said to be a name from ancient Egyptian mythology.) The other is Ancient Order of Mysteries. You might Google these 2 & get more information on them. The other combinations of the AOM, AMO, MAO, OMA, OAM come up with nothing.
My father found this brass bar on our 15 acre property backed up to the Joshua Tree national park.We have had offers in it and would love to know What it may be worth..The Bar weighs about 10 lbs.
Any help would be appreciated, Mike
KDenby says: Respectfully, it appears to be an ingot of brass as it comes from the smelter. (I have seen 1000 oz silver ingots and they look exactly like this with just a few hand stamped markings hammered in).
I found this item in Hampton Va and cannot figure out what it is. It is probably brass or copper about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. I think it is British due to the crown, but I'm not sure if it is a uniform item, a saddle part, or what it could be. It was down approx. 5 inches and was found with lots of other items including a 10-16 in long blade (not sure if it was a knife or small sward.)
Any help would be appreciated, Curt
KDenby says: Not sure what it is, but I know it is not British - the crown is not correct for a British crown (there are too many arms on it and way too many pearls on each arm.) If it were British military it would have had a 'broad arrow' and the letters: BO or WD (Board of Ordnance or War Department) stamped underneath it.
Now after taking a few moments to ponder your 'treasure' it might very well be a hook for the tensioning cords of a drum - the large hook goes over the upper or lower hoop and the tensioning cord is draped tightly over the two upper hooks to hold them in place whereupon the rest of the cord snags and is held under tension by the lower side hooks, pulling the hoops towards each other thus tightening the drum skins.
Best I can do for you.
Rob Langond says: Here is an ARTICLE on an Item Like Yours.
Hope this helps solve the mystery,
Happy Holidays Rob
I found a token it has cleveland first best peas on one side nothing onthe other and its hand struck
Thanks in advance for your help
Not found with a metal detector but maybe someone can help. While clearing out the in-laws house, this item was discovered. It looks like a bullet, brass base with a silver metal top. USN insignia on the outside. Inside there is a glass cup. The father-in-law was an officer aboard the USS Dortch during Korean conflict. The item is 3 ½" tall and 1 ¾" dia.
Thanks in advance for your help or insight.
KDenby says: It appears to be what is known as 'trench art'. Typically, 'trench art' consisted of items and mementos made by soldiers, sailors, air-men, etc from battlefield scrap - usually the brass from artillery shells and ammunition. It was limited only by the imagination of the individual making it. In many cases, trench art was produced by the wounded recovering in military hospitals. I have also seen trench art made by POWs out of every imaginable material including cigar boxes, Red Cross packages, and bone.
You item looks like it was produced on board ship by stokers or articifers as a gift - in this case, it looks like an ink well. Check the silver top to see if it is hall marked as silver. If not, it could be polished aluminum or some other white metal. Very interesting item nonetheless.
Found this button along with a 1943 War Nickel and a 1941 Mercury Dime. I think it is a WW2 military button, it is the size of a dime. Need help identifying it, also cant tell what the eagle is grasping in its mouth.
Thank You Kevin
Pierre LaVoie says: Do some research on presidential inauguration buttons…These chicken looking eagles go back further than WWII it seems like. President Washington wouldn't allow his name on some of these commemoratives.
Found this in a box of nails could you please tell me what it is? THanks for your time 5/8" square stem says PAT NOV 1881 OR 1891. 1/2" DIA circle.
Thanks for Your Time
KDenby says: My first impression is that it could be a bronze cuff-link with a bent stem at the button. As the button is 1/2 inch, it is probably too big to be a shirt stud, and, as the design looks like it is hand etched and more decorative than symbolic, it is unlikely to be a lapel pin, either..
This pin was found along with my dad's WW II insignia and uniform metals and decorations. I'm making a display case for them and need to know what this is.
He was in the ambulance corps, 57th Medical Battalion European Theater. I have searched all of the WW II sites and pin sites I can find but nothing that identifies this.
It is 1 1/8th inches high by 7/8 wide and has a MEYER INC, New York stamp on the back.
Thanks for any help Scott
I found this medallion 20 years ago while metal detecting at Drakes Beach on the California coast. I was informed that it could have some historical significance and would like to know more about it. any information would be greatly appreciated. it is made of iron and has indistinguishable markings on one side it looks like a circle of chain around the outer edge , and on the other side an anchor. Thanks for any info.
Secondly only Commissioned officers and Petty Officers had anything that even remotely resembled uniforms for that period. Commissioned officers had to purchase their own uniforms and equipment, and metal items were not only made of brass but they were guilded in a gold wash. Thirdly, I can't see how that piercing at the top would work as a button if it was only secured at the top. I have never seen a button that had decorations on both sides (makers marks perhaps, but not what appears on yours). Finally, if it were military, one would expect to see it having national insignia of some kind on it. I have to admit, that the anchor is typical of the Royal Navy's 'fouled anchor' insignia, but it is missing the royal crown and the royal cypher.
It is an interesting 'treasure' nonetheless, but I really think it will prove to be a medallion or keepsake of some kind.Hope this helps
I am at a loss.. I have even sent this to an appraiser and we can't figure out exactly what this lapel pin is. It is about 1/2 inch wide and has a screw back. A friend found it Detecting in Northern California. It was badly caked with dirt and grime and I cleaned it to see the image.
Thanks so much for your time!
Shiela Holt says: After searching the net it is Russian/Ukranian for Freedom. The "CC" on top is "SS".. Best I could find out. Good Luck
KDenby says:I have no idea what this pin represents, however I did find it quite interesting that the flag on the left is a tri-colour with no other apparent badge in its fields, and that the US flag has 12 stars and 6 bars. (Probably more manufacture's artistic licence or convenience than any intentional slight). The tri-colour flag looks a lot like the present day Russian Flag.
Good luck with this one.
I found your site today on the internet and hope you can identify this lapel pin I found in my father's personal box when he died.
I believe it has to do with his mother, an Irish woman who immigrated to New York in 1906 or 1907. She was an 'attendant' at Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital in Kings Park, Long Island. Indian Park is another name for Kings Park. I believe the pin has the initials HNS which I interpret to be Health National Service. As you can see, the pin has the left profile of a young lady, there is a clover in the 7 o'clock position and she appears to be overlaid a steering wheel. It's the wheel that has me confused. Maybe she was an ambulance driver training for WWI? Her husband did not serve, but maybe she did for the homefront?
I would apprecitate any help you can give me!
Thank You Sophie
TOMSTREASURES SAYS: Your pin/button is from the (click on this Link) Holy Name Society Some of the buttons Ive seen date to 1908 but dont know if your button is that old or not.
Hi, I'm a researcher for a new Canadian docu-series featuring an eclectic artefact collector. He has recently acquired a strange looking belt that he claims to have been used on harem slaves but it looks more like a medieval type of armour that a horse may have worn. A breeching maybe? I've attached some photographs of the artefact for you to look over. We're trying to identify exactly where this thing comes from, what type of metal it's made of and what it had been used for.
Any insight you might have will be extremely helpful.
Kind Regards FABIENNE L'ABBE
Trish Braucksick says: I was looking through Tom's Treasures site and I saw where you had identified a piece as an Arabian horse bridle part.
I've been horse person for 30 years and a bridel maker for a couple and I can tell you there is no way it is a noseband, it's way too big to go around a horse's nose, especially an Arabian.
And it's doubtful that it is a headstall strap - there's no place for adjustment or for bit attachment that I can see. A headstall has to have someplace for the bit to attach. It wouldn't be a continuous circle.
A horse headstall strap measures roughly 36 inches from bit end to bit end, it can be a little smaller or larger depending on an individual horse. The bit itself should be about 5 inches in width. A noseband for an average horse would run about 20 inches. An Arabian would likely be a little smaller as they are a small, fine headed breed.Hope this helps ,trish Braucksick, email@example.com
My dad brought this back from Russia a few years back. It says FRAGET N PLAGUE. Which has alot to do with candlesticks .We cant find anything about it but it looks like a spice rack of some kind. I hope you can help.
Thank You Sophie
Mike Robinson Says: Hi Sophie,This is a condiment set around 1880 produced by the Polish company Fraget and Plaque is french for silver plate.All the bottles are more than likely lead crystal as the compny was quite high class and actually were allowed to sell designs by the top class French company Christofle and sell them with the mark Fraget.The bottles are for vinegar, olive oil and mustard(spoon missing) ,the extra bottle may have come from another set with the same bottles (there was very often more than one set on a large table) as it destroys the symmetry,and yes it should have a crystal stopper.This bottle may look out of place but it could be used for Balsamico. Dont worry about the value just use it on your table and pep up your salads. Best wishes Mike(Berlin)
BUD SENEY SAYS: It looks like a Cruet set for an altar, 2 for Holy water 1 for Wine and 1 for Incense
I found these at yard sale..the man that sold them to me said he has had them in his shed for the last 25yrs. The Big One is 2ftx2ft. tow of them are 14 inches and two of the are 12 inches. It was a set of 5. If anyone could help me I would be very thankful
Thank You Michelle
KDenby says: Well, I hate to say this but I have a feeling your 'gems' are most likely contemporary brass wall decorations. These things were rather common in the late '50s and '60s for those who liked the Spanish-style of decorations. (My parents had the same 2 x 2 brass charger on their kitchen wall for years). If they are what I suspect they are, they are not terribly valuable. I suggest you polish them up and hang them behind the bar in your rec room.
I also have a South Carolina brass hat pin like one owned by another person making an inquiry through your website. I have never seen another one like it, and I am a native South Carolinian. I bought the pin at a local yard/estate sale approximately 12 years ago. An online dealer of Civil War relics told me that the pin is one that Civil War re-enactors use. I will appreciate any information about the pin including a link to any site or individual who can confirm that the pin is not an authentic relic.
Thank You Ann
KDenby says: As you have requested, I can confirm that your 'treasure' is a reproduction.
I do this by two reasons: 1. The pin on the back is a modern brass spring type and probably came from one of those pin-on name badges you see everyone wearing at conventions. Further, there is no way they would have used such a crude soldering method to attach it. (It is probably 50/50 plumbers solder). 2. From the condition of the back of the badge, it is clear that it is a sand casting which means that an original was used to create the front of the badge in sand and then probably bronze was poured in (you can see the file marks used to try and flatten the back out). These badges were not originally cast but rather, were 'die-struck' - a process where a plate of brass or copper was placed over the 'female' die (which produced the front of the badge) and then using tremendous weight, the 'male' die was driven down, mating to the female. This produced a well defined badge of limited weight. The badge was then placed under a second set of male and female dies which cut the badge to shape.Hope this helps.
I found this item while metal detecting at a very old train crash site in Georgia. It is very heavy.There are 2 screws where it attaches to something. Also, the shield shape is the same on both sides with a slot in between them. There are 3 screws in the shield shape.
Thank You Lara
KDenby says: Do you think it might be a drawer handle-pull from a chest?
I found this pendent in the backyard while digging a small pond. I've had this a few years now and have never seen anything like it. The color on the pictures are a little brighter than the actual piece. And it looks to be silver in color. I live in Southeast Texas near Houston if this helps any.
Thank You Tammy
KDenby says: Tammy -
Your pendents are all costume jewellery.
The quickest way to confirm this is by looking at the casting - respectfully, yours show a crudeness in detail and they are unfinished (take a peek at the suspension loop - see how rough and uneven it is finished).
Same with the enamelled ones - the very rough edges, the uncentred decoration in the field all suggest mass white-metal castings for costume jewellery. All look like they are annodized plated.
(Wish I could have told you that they belonged to Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection, but alas no...lol)Cheers. Kevin
Found this at a state park, not sure what it is. Civil war went through this park in ga.
Thank You Kirk
Sheree Wolf says: I don't know if anyone has responded to you yet or not, but what you found is a US Air Force Hat insignia for an enlisted person…still in use. A new one can be purchased for under $10. See the info at this link: I'm retired Air Force and recognized it right away. Sorry!
I found this artifact in the Southwest part of Germany near what is now known as Bitburg, the area we detected has artifacts back to the Roman era ( we found pieces of roman pottery, this area was also very active during WW2, I found this article and not sure exactly what it is or what era it is from, I do suspect that it is some kind of hinge. Any help that anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated
Thank You Terrie
MIKE ROBINSON SAYS: The artifact is half of an 18th C hinge from a cupboard,Mike (Berlin)
I live in the southern part of Texas and I fond this on the ground at a neighbor's house. I kept it because it looked real old. After examining it I knew that it was real old, it's not marked and the way it was made is real unusual, it is not solid as there is some blackish material as the base with the metal wrapped around it, but, it seems like it is two pieces somehow soldered together, only thing is that I can only see the line and no soldering. Any help would be greatly appreciated. What the metal is I have no idea, I'll probably take it by a jewelers to see if they can tell me what it is, it does have oxidation on it. I'm thinking it is tumbaga metal.
Thank You Mario
Old pin bought off Ebay… uncertain origins. Can you Identify
Thank You Lacey
John Davis says:This appears to be a medal of Marshall Tito, the Communist dictator of Yugoslavia from WW II until his death
I found this oddly shaped token while metal detecting. Its copper I believe and the back has no writing at all. I know it a post exchange token. I found it in a park on tybee island georgia. This park was once part of a military base that is not in opperation any more. I believe it is WW1 era but I have foumd civil war bullets and buttons in the park as well. My question is how old is it and how common?
Thank You Brian
David Spangler says: Probably from a military Post Exchange as a token to be used in place of coins.My guess based on style would be circa 1880-1940.
Victor, Pat. July 4, 88 .. I have no ideas? These three photos are done under a 30x loop. The face of this is only 12 mm in diameter (15/32 of an inch) and looks like there may have had something on it, but I can't make out what it was. The back only measures 8.5 mm (21/64 of an inch) The total thickness is 8.5 mm as well. I am assuming that it is a pants rivet or belt rivet, but have never seen one quite like this one. Has anybody ever seen one like this before?
Thank You Rob
Kerry Dennison says: Looks like they may have came off of a artillery horse collar?
I will buy dinner for the person who can identify this. It was found near Cold Harbor. 5 feet away from this find were confederate buttons found. The image you see is the exact same on the reverse. there is a tiny hole in the feather on top of the head. there are no other markings or holes. Someone said it was from a confederate sword design but I can't see that.It is heavy non metallic and at the end of the tail it is broke off. I would love to know if this is from the civil war.
Thank You Regards Keith
KERRY DENISON SAYS: I saw a pic of this in a 1970,s dixie gun work,s catlog.may be off of a flint lock weapon?sidelock plate?
FRANK W PANDOZZI OF EXPLORING HISTORYS TREASURES SAYS:I believe that piece is a winged serpent. This symbol was also used by the Knights Templars, as well as later on by the KGC, Knights of The Golden Circle. Because it was found near Cold Harbor, leads me to believe it is KGC. The KGC were very involved with the Civil War, as southern sympathizers
Can someone please tell me what this is or What it was used for We fond it in our backyard meany years ago its 2 1/2" long and is 1.0 oz This is all I know
Thank You Emily
KDenby says: It is possible that it is a novelty wooden match container?
My husband gave me this key as a gift. We don't know much about it. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am sending pictures. The Key is from Williamsburgh, VA. Please let me know what you find.
Thank You Shayla
Terry says says: I believe this is a citizen award plaque that presents some lucky person with a key to the city. My dad has the same thing in his basement but the plaque has a name on it and says the key to the city. Hope this helps Terri
What is this??
Robert Langdon says:Your item is an oriental (chinese actually) trunk lock. You can see one similar at this site: CHINESE LOCK
Found this at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland sticking out the sand at low tide,,its 10cm wide,,been told its possibly a button but seems a bit big for a button,,can anyone help or suggest someone i could take it to, to find out more.
I have recently come across an extremely rare find, this is a ring that perhaps dates back to the time frame of BC but I am unable to identify the royal emblem which is cut into an original carnelian stone (unheated) very rare, I am needing help on trying to find perhaps the royal family this belonged to and the time era, give or take a century, but I have done several test to prove the stone is in fact authentic but i have no way of discovering the time frame in which it came from,but i believe its going to be persian, I am currently stationed over seas in a disclosed area
Thanks for any Help
Found in grandmothers garage. Any idea ? it is over 12" tall. Thanks for any help.
Thanks for any Help
Any info on identifying this is much appreciated. I found this in a field,it wieighs 14oz. and it is 8 inches in circumference. I scratched it with my knife and it seems to be lead .. its to heavy for it to be alum.
Steve Says: Sir, first off, I am attending Explosive Ordnance Disposal school a.k.a. "Bomb Squad" School, at Eglin AFB just north of destin, I live in niceville. What you have there is a Military UXO, or unexploded Military ordnance, specifically it is a scatterable landmine submunition, definately of the fragmentation type, and possibly incendiary. If you still have this item, DONOT DISTURB it, and contact the local police and tell them you need the bomb squad for the item, describe it as you see it, and tell them what I called it. If you have any questions, please email me back, and I will do my best to answer them. I am not a bomb tech yet, still in school, but I am 100% certain that is what you have there, please take my advice sir.
John Spangler says: This is a cluster bomb circa 1960s-80s. They come in several different sizes and configurations. Most encountered are inert dummies for practice use, but some might be filled with explosive charge, so be careful with this one. Search BDU cluster bomb photos for more info
This is a metal detecting find from an old farm/dairy. It is aluminum, just over 5" long. One side is fixed while the other appears to be made to slide, as to measure something. I did put an egg on it and it did fit rather well. There appears to have been some engraved writing on the side(s), but it is not legible.
EEAW58 Says: It looks to be a striker to light a torch a found one and was told the same
. I could use some help trying to identify these items. They are about the size of a US quarter. There appears to be an eagle looking to the left on one side. Most are beaded around the front also. There does not appear to be anything on the back side. They are rather thick & heavy & I believe might be made of lead. They are not magnetic. The patterns are not all the same either. I got them in a small box of coins that were a mix of US and Canadian and dating from the first half of the 1900's. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Frank J Colletti Says: I don't believe that they are coins. Although the design is similar to the design on the Massachusetts colonial cent, there is no legend. Gut reaction is that they were either copies made as buttons or gaming chips. Esp. since they appear to be lead.
Brian says: Hi this is brian I found some lead pieces like that once with potamic virginia stamped on them. I was told they were lead seals that were used with a piece of wire running through it to make sure deliverd documents wernt opened prior to delivery
I found this piece just recently..just a bit was uncovered out of the ground, and I thought I was about to find an arrowhead but nope! Not sure what it could be but it's beautiful..found it on family's land about 50 yards from fort moultrie..its in amazing condition considering the salty land (marsh and creek 10 ft. from where i found it). I was thinking maybe some sort of women's decorative piece? Thought maybe a hair pin but it's just too heavy...any ideas?
GILLIAN WELLS SAYS: Your find is a sword scabbard hook of the 17th Century. The spatulate plate at the rear of the decorative hook was sewn into a slot in the leather material of the rear of the scabbard just below the mouth and this allowed the hook to engage with a sash style harness hung across the body from shoulder to waist. (Baldrick) I saw one illustrated in a nice portrait in Warwick Castle, with the actual sword and scabbard, complete with hook, hung on the wall beside the portrait. Great evidence! Nice find, Bob
I wonder whether you may be able to identify the age and material of this ring please? It was found in a field in Kent, was reasonably easy to clean up, feels quite heavy, is blackened silver, that when scratched is silver underneath. Any help would be much appreciated, or advice where I could send a photo or take the ring, for advice.NOTE: There are no markings on the ring that I could see.
Richard Smith Says: Looks like a lapis lazuli stone from afganistan
RelicHunter Says: I was just browsing around this morning and stumbled upon the picture of a ring you found near "Kent". Is that Kent, Ohio?
I am a pretty much died in the wool relic hunter and have found several very similar rings, one with the same blue stone, others with clear stones. I found mine in the Mid Ohio area at an old Native American encampment dating in the 1750 to 1775 era. The ones I found were "trade" items and worn by the Native Americans.
Just curious if you are in Ohio too.
Hi, I've been trying to identify this parking token I found. It was buried underground in my backyard. The token is a little bit bigger than a quarter.(I keep it in a coin case like it is in the photos) I can't find any information online about it. I was hoping you could help me find out more about my token's history and things like that.
Rick says: VINTAGE OLD MODEL T CARD BALD EAGLE STARS PARKING TOKEN, this is being auctioned off on ebay, current buy price $3.99
GARY PAUL SERGEANT SAYS: This was probably made by the 'Hoffman Mint' , I have found 3 types of tokens so far in My Metal Detecting adventures . Hope this helps? p.s. it should have a Tini mark on both sides "HM'
I have attached a picture of a heavy metal piece that I recently found. It is heavy...probably over 100# and about 4'4" long to the end of the spindles. Any help identifying what it is would be greatly appreciated.
RON DENT SAYS: It looks like a drive gear/axle off of an old YAZOO self propelled mower
Front view and rear view. Length (Height) 2.5 inches, width at top 2 1/8 inches, diameter of round raised feature in center .5 in.
The piece is 4 inches in height and 3.75 inches in width The hook is 2 3/8 inches long and the outside diameter of the ring is 11/16" The band width is 2"
Rob Langdon says: Your item is a portion of a team pad from a work horse harness.
At its widest point it is 5 1/16 inches (outside to outside) The height is 5 3/8 inches revbtaylor
Rob Langdon says: This is an old iron stirrup from a saddle.
I found this what appears to be silver at the Boston Common. It has an Roman head on the front and what appears to be 4 horse and carriage on the back it has letters on the front all I can make out is jvervsvgar In that order. So many events in history happpened on the Boston Commons. It is about the size of a silver dollar but heavier
John says: it is a fake SEE HERE FOR INFO
I came across your website and was hoping you could help me identify a medal/medallion we found on (under) our property here on the gulf coast of Alabama. It was dug up about 16, 17 years ago by my son just playing with his trucks outside in the sand. It has always had me curious. I have searched online many hours throughout the years but have not found anything like it. The only thing close that I have found is the Order of the White Eagle (Serbia). Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
KEVIN of Toronto Canada SAYS: From what I see in your pictures, I get the feeling that you have a piece of costume jewelry that looks like a european decoration. The picture with the ruler shows that the reverse of the item is a very poor sand-casting finish with a huge casting flaw in the centre - definitely not the standard of quality of a formal award . Another observation is that the suspender ring is cast into the medal itself - most of these awards were very detailed and finely finished with separate suspension rings (usually also hallmarked). Most of these kinds and ranks of decorations were made by jewelers often appointed by the Royal families of the various countries. Crudeness just never happened, and all decorations, honours and high awards were both hall-marked and had the makers name on it. The double-headed eagle is typically a pre-revolution Russian Royal family badge, but the rest of the features look invented.
Sorry, but I am afraid you do not have a Faberge made court order.
HAROLD SAYS: I saw your "medallion" that you found on tomstreasures.com and I can tell you that it looks to me like a "Jewel" that is used in the Ancient and Accepted Order of the Scottish Right. It is a branch off order of Free Masonry, and the double headed eagle set over a Maltese cross is the symbol for a 33 degree Mason who is a member of the Scottish Right. It is not particularly valuable unless you could find out which Lodge it belonged too?? These "Jewel's" are typically mass produced (as far as Masonic Jewels can be?), and there quality reflects that. That's why it's not as "refined" as something of greater value.
Hope this helps.
I am new to metal detecting and my children found this in Ogdensburg, Wisconsin in a mill pond that is being drained. This pond has not been drained in over 60 years... and we found it about a foot under the mud. I will attach some photos here in hope someone can help Identify it.
Steven says: That piece is off a 1976 starcraft boat rear corner top rail support
Jeff says: Here may be some help in identifying the item found in the pond. It is one of the corner brackets used on smaller boats that is fitted at the rear between the transom and gunnel. The loop handle is made into the bracket to help move the boat around. Hope that helps
What I found I believe is the front of a button. Its the american eagle and had a crest of some type in the middle. Its from my hometown of tybee island ga. I have a lot of finds from the same area from indian pottery and tools to civil war. This is a dug find I also bottle hunt these areas and of all my finds this is the only one I cant seem to accurately id. Any help would be greatly apreciated.
Hi! I found these buttons at a local thrift store..owner said a lady had recently passed away (at 100y/o!) and the family had donated her house along with everything in it. She apparently lived in PA for a while before moving to SC, and the husband (or father?) served in military during either wwI or wwII..They're in amazing shape..top 5 and 2 on bottom left read 'wm scully, ltd. Montreal' on the back. I've spent hours searching countless websites in attempts of finding exact match--(my head hurts from squinting so much!)--but I can't find much of anything that has helped with identification..there are so many different kinds of buttons with similar characteristics! Any feedback would be fantastic
KEVIN SAYS: Scully's is still very much in business and you can contact William Scully jr who runs the place. Those are not British Commonwealth crowns, but appear to be Guelphic or Germanic. Also, the "fouled' anchor of the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy does not look like that. (Also, the Canadian pattern navy buttons had C A N A D A at the bottom). They are probably buttons from the tunics of officers of a shipping line. (Scully's made buttons and accoutrements for world-wide clients.) The bottom left button looks like a yachtman's blazer button, perhaps for a yachting club.
New to the metal detecting hobby and seem to be finding things from the Civil War era. I've been hunting for coins in areas that are rich with Civil War history in the northwest Atlanta metro area (from Marietta to Kingston) and haven't found any old coins but some of the attached finds I think are from the Civil War. Any help with identifying the items would be greatly appreciated?
Scott Anderson Says: This item is a buckle of sorts for many things. For instance I have one just like that, that is used for my baseball umpire chest protector. Cheap tin like metal, Sorry and good luck.
New to the metal detecting hobby and seem to be finding things from the Civil War era. I've been hunting for coins in areas that are rich with Civil War history in the northwest Atlanta metro area (from Marietta to Kingston) and haven't found any old coins but some of the attached finds I think are from the Civil War. Any help with identifying the items would be greatly appreciated?
Jimmy D. Says: It is a Broken Hand Dart,Most likely a plastic fin was screwed into the end and the pointy end is broken off.
Looking for info sources on my recent find: Insignia pin South Carolina soldier's cap. These were used on SC soldiers uniforms during the War Between the States, not sure if used prior to the war (info obtained from local historian@ museum) Location of find was York County, SC
This is other info I have found on something similar: PALMETTO PRIDE
This item is 2-1/2" in diameter and made of brass, with a lead filled back and three brass wire hooks. Although a note found with it in a box reads, "Medal given...for defending a pass in the Catskill Mountains in 1776," I believe it to be a South Carolina belt buckle. Is this correct?
It's a mid 19th century South Carolina shoulder belt plate and, if genuine, should have a retail value of $3,500-4,000+. The design elements are those of the state seal: a palmetto tree and two shields, with the date 1776 below. Rising from a fallen oak, the palmetto represents the victory of South Carolina patriots over British ships at Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776. The Latin mottoes on the shields are Animis Opibusque Parati ("Ready in Soul and Resources") and Dum Spiro Spero ("While I Breathe I Hope"), along with the word Spes (Hope). Obviously, the note found with it was based on a misunderstanding of the plate's true age and usage, unless of course it refers to an actual medal no longer in the box
I'm trying to find someone who can identify the bullet and cartridge shown in the attached photo.
The two were not found together but probably 1/4 mile apart on a piece of land we own and over which Sherman and his troops passed as he marched from Vicksburg, MS to Meridian, MS. Both were found near the old road by which his troops traveled. I don't know that the bullet is of the Civil Ward era but think it is old. The land patent for the property was issued in 1841. While they weren't found together they do seem to match.
The bullet -- Lead 0.25 inch in diameter (base measurement) 0.55 inch long The base is relatively flat with only slight indentation The bullet had a rust-colored coating when found probably due to the red clay. Under the rust coating was a white chalky patina.
The casing/cartridge --
Appears to be copper
Has a serrated ring about 2/3s of the length measured from the bottom, seems to correspond to the ring on the bullet.
Vertical lines along full length of casing that seem to be imprinted on the bullet.
Bottom with slight concave indentation and smooth edges.
No visible head stamp.
No firing cap
One side of casing is blown open with the metal curled back Faint indication of rim fire below the "blown open" area
What you are calling a casing or cartridge is not that at all. It is, in fact, a half jacket, from a soft nose, high powered rifle, hunting bullet. The lead has been torn out of it, most likely from impact, the crimping was meant to prevent that from happening but evidently wasn't successful at keeping it together, the vertical lines are the marks left from the rifling as the bullet went down the barrel at firing. If you watch any CSI at all you will see them comparing the grooves of 2 or more bullets to see if the came from the same gun, those vertical lines are what they are comparing.
Neither of these are military, while the lead bullet may be old enough to be from the Civil War era, it is too small, to have been from a military weapon from that time, and the Civil War was long over before the high pressures of smokeless powder made jacketing at least the base of bullets necessary to keep from fouling the rifling of the barrel with lead torn from the bullet. When the military switched to jacketed bullets the used Full Metal Jacket bullets. Civil War Era weapons all used black powder.
I hope this helps.
I found this pin with my fathers WWII medals. I can not find out what it is I have been every where no one knows. It is like a little shield with a flower in the center with 2 pine trees on either side with a pair of ski's and ski poles on the top with what looks like 2 hiking boots hanging off the bottom. I don't know if this was his or he just found it.
He was in the Navy during WWII. He was a Pharmacists Mate 2nd class, he was attached to the Marines he went ashore with them when they landed.
This almost looks like it would belong to some one that was fighting on ski's that would not be the Navy.
I would really like some help in finding out what this is.
KEVIN SAYS: The badge is not military. German Army Mountain troops wore the 'Aidelweiss' flower badge in stamped metal on the side of their field caps, between the eagle/swastika and cockade on the peaked cap, and on an oval shaped cloth patch on the sleeve. They never had any kind of badge where parts dangled.
I suspect this is a badge for a x-country skiing club perhaps commemorating a tournament or weekend competition. A good identifier for anything German made or issued during the NAZI time in power was the inclusion of a swastika on it and typically adorned with oak leaves.
Judging by the tarnishing, it is probably white casting metal and plated in silver.
I have found these pieces and have tried to find them on the internet, but to no avail; can you please take a look and see if you can help?
ROB LANGDON SAYS: Your insignia, featuring crossed M1903 Springfield Rifles and a wreath, is part of a USMC Rifle Expert achievement badge. Here is a picture of what it looked like in its complete state.
JIM CAROZA SAYS: The upper right one with the square holes is a "Concho" Went on the sides of your chaps, a leather strip went through the squares to hold it on.
HMS Antique Trunks.com
Hi, I found this coin on Sunday in Derbyshire. I am not sure of it's origin, wondering if you may be able to identify it. the coin is silver 20 mm in diameter. It looks like it has a face on one side. The reverse side has some lines running across it. I would appreciate any help in finding out what this coin is thank you .
Hi,just wondering if you could please help me try and find out what this is.
Its round,it looks to me like some kind of bangle or bracelet made from metal well of course. Its a bit heavy ,its got a hinge in the middle of it and the two ends ,one is pointy,and the other is hollow where they meet to lock together.The bit which is pointy has some kind of pin mark,which to me looks like some thing locked it.
BUD says: I think what you have is a ring that goes though a bulls nose to make it easier to lead him around and to control unruly critters..........Bud
This is a metal detecting find I need help identifying. It's made of copper and measures 2 1/8 x 1 inch. The 9 holes are just under .5 inch dia. and don't go completely through the piece. The back is slotted and appears to have been brazed or soldered to something at one time. The holes have a coarsely woven strip of material tightly wound inside them. There are 6 holes evenly spaced around the circumference that are appx. 3/16 inch dia. Thanks for any help you can give.
I can just make out the word "of" in front of Wales . I can not find it on any British site. I do not think it is military and not positive it is British. Thanks,
KEVIN FROM TORONTO ON. SAYS: Regretfully, while the picture quality is very poor, I believe the button says "PRINCE OF WALES". I am confident that it did not belong to any regiment of the time.
The button could have a number of sources: it could be a livery button for a footman's uniform of some private club or estate, perhaps worn by the staff of an inn or coaching house that called itself the PoW. (It was quite a favorite and frequently used name for pubs, inns and the like).
I found this piece while digging up a garden for my parents in Northern Michigan. It measures 2 1/2 " in diameter and appears to be copper. It responded well to cleaning and polishing with a gentle metal cleaner. It appears to (at one point) to have been in-set in something else (based on the ridge around the outside edge). The picture is of a young girl holding a tray and a man dressed in colonial garb drinking from a goblet. There is a house in the distance as well as a church steeple.
I am very curious to find out it's origins and can't seem to find the right place to get an answer or suggestion. Thank you in advance for any help!!
I found this metal object on a small island in the licking river in cynthiana, ky. has three letters that i can see on it c h a just would like to know what it could be. it did have wood inside the round part with a metal pin through it.
ROB LANGDON SAYS: I think the item on Toms is an early cable hook , used by lineman to either lift or tug the power lines/phone lines as needed. See this LINK for a photograph
PS: I suppose the same configuration could be used for ropes on boats, etc, too, although I have never seen that application.
The technical name for them is a "Hot Stick," but don't know where to go to find a photo of one that old, if in fact that is what it is. You might want to take it to your Electric Power Company, and ask some of the seasoned lineman if they have ever seen anything like it. If it turns out not to be one, then I have no idea what it is.
Could you please help me out. I have this item for some time now but I cant identify what the markings mean. All i know is Dieges & clust by what the card says that its on and by what I gather on the internet but the marking I have no clue. Thank you
Hi, I found this piece embedded in the ground at an old camp ground retreat in NC mountains. I believe it may be a brass civil war button. It is quite rusty, looking closely you can see that there was once a symbol of some sort on it. It is heavy in weight and a bit larger than a quarter. I am sending photo of front and back. I would be interested to know if it is. Thank you for any assistance
Hello, I could use some help identifying a small metal bird I found while metal detecting. The bird was found in Kentucky on land where a cabin was built in 1817. The weight is 4 3/4 oz it is 2 " tall and 4" in length. Not sure what the metal is, the feathers appear to be stamped but the sides of the bird appears to be shaped by hand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you Shannon
Old beer bottle found in woods on Grosse Ile MI while metal detecting above ground. It is green and has Stroh Detroit Registered stamped on it.
Probably WWI issue from Stroh's Brewery Detroit.
Please confirm if possible.
I am requesting some help to find the meaning of an old Dieges & Clust pin I have. I acquired the pin a number of years ago from my grandfather before he passed away. I have been trying to find out information on what the specific meaning of this pin is but I have not been able to find any information about the pin.. The front is gold with a blue background and shows the letters 'A B D'. On the back it says 'D&C 1/20 10K G.F.' I have no idea as to how old the pin is or where my grandfather got it from. Thank you for your help! I am attaching a picture of the front.
HAROLD SHAVER SAYS: This is a wild guess but in college there is a "ALL BUT DISSERTATION" OR ABD, which is the status of a graduate student that has completed all requirements with the exception of the dissertation. Blue and gold could be the school colors or perhaps have something to do with the graduate school.
This item was found at a old homestead that also contained War of 1812 buttons and items up onto the mid 1940's. This item is about 4.5cm in length minus the chain and about 3.5cm wide. I can see what looks like three claws coming down it towards a banner like thing. On the back are three eyelets for attachment and seems to be of white metal texture. My first thought was of a cloak clasp but not sure and can't find anything about it on the net as of yet. Any help would be greatly accepted about the age and what it is, Thanks in advance!!
KDenby says: Greetings -
Your item looks very much like half of a closure set for a gentleman's riding cloak or cape. There would be a matching "opposite" badge with a large hook attached to its front, which the wearer would link the chain to when closing the front of the cape or cloak without having to button up the front.
I believe that the chain is missing a number of links, as it should be a lot longer.Hope this helps.
I dug this up between an old canal bed and Erie RR line near Port Jervis NY. There was a Fowler House in town in the 1800's that later became the Hotel Mitchell. The number on the larger part was the address of the Fowler House. I have been unable to find any information about the Holland House. It appears to be made of brass or copper and the large "horseshoe" has 3 legs on it that remind me of a trivit. The large shoe is approx 4" by 31/2" and the total lenght of the tow pcs together is about 7 1/2" I checked online and with local historians and have no idea what it was used for. Any ideas?
Thanks for any help you can be,
Port Jervis NY
This item was found on the westside of Fort Worth, Texas 6-8" down with a Confederate spur. The metal looks somewhat home-made with no identifying numbers or letters on either side. Not a pin-back or button, but maybe remains of an attachment for a small strap to go thru. Perhaps part of a uniform or harness.Does not match to any Civil War corps badges, etc. found on internet sites. Any ideas would be appreciated for the owner who found it
. Regards, Carol L. Davis, Museum Manager, White Settlement Historical Museum
I need help identifying this. It's fairly heavy but does not appear to be Iron as It has no rust except on the thumb screw. Eagle holding arrows and 13 stars with floral display. Any help would be appreciated.
ROB LANGDON SAYS: Your item is a Civil War era pewter hand-stamp. Please VISIT HERE and scroll down to items 31, 32, 33.
Patriotic, Pewter Handstamp. Lovely handstamp with a very pretty patriotic motif. Recovered from a Union camp in Central Virginia, this piece was designed to enable its owner to personalize and mark his camp items. Unfortunately, only three of the letters were in place when the stamp was recovered or we would have had the soldier's name. What we have appears to be the letters JHT or JHN. Beautiful patriotic eagle with scroll work embellishes the piece. There is a leaf, which appears to be an oak leaf on each side and a five pointed star with three arrows (it appears to begin as an olive branch and transitions into the arrows) running through the star. This design is located below the stamp well. I have included another font so the viewer may understand how the type inserted into the stamp well, but please be advised that this font was not found with the stamp. A very rare and unusual item. I hope the stamped card helps you see the detail of the exquisitely designed and delicately rendered piece of art that you must study under magnification to fully appreciate. Nicely displayed in a 6" x 8" Sgt. Riker Display Case (glass top) with a red velveteen background. (There is ample room to include other related items.) Item MS1002 $175.00
I would like to have some information on this bridal bit.not sure if its civil war.but was found in a camp.i would be varry grateful.
Hi there,thought maybe you could help a friend found these and we have been trying to find them on the internet ( to no avail) was hoping you guys might have some insight.
ROBERT LANGDON SAYS: Your item with 13 stars is a universal Jeans fastener or stud.
JOHN LEMANDRI SAYS: Those buttons were issued to the US Army during WWII.
I found this in a civil war camp.It is made of brass.the words stamped on it or SP.KITTLE BUFFALO N.Y. 1863
Rob Langdon says: I am pretty sure that your piece is off of an early folding box spring mattress. Click on this link take a look at the image on the right hand side of the page.
I found this while metal detecting and shark teeth hunting on the beach in Hunting Island South Carolina. When I found this arrowhead it was in the water line with a bunch of shells and stuff. Since I was looking for sharks teeth, the shape of this caught my eye and I thought I found a large tooth. As soon as I picked it up I knew it was an arrowhead, not a sharks tooth. When it was wet, it was black in color. After it dried out, it is now grey. On the edges you can see the shaping marks. I know Hunting Island had Indians a long, long time ago. Does anyone have any information on what type of arrowhead this is or what tribe it could possibly be from? Any help at all will be greatly welcomed!!!
Kristen, Burlington, Kentucky
Carleton Jones says: I believe it is in that Mississipian time period. Google that and look at those points. Could be a different culture out west but probably same time period .
I found this while metal detecting and shark teeth hunting on the beach in Hunting Island South Carolina. When I found these bullets, they were brass in color. Since drying they have tarnished. They have a lot of "stuff" molded to them from being in the ocean. Does anyone have any idea about the caliber or age of these or what they could be from?
Kristen, Burlington, Kentucky
LUCAS SAYS: That is almost certainly a military 30-06 bullet. The serrated ring around it deff. identifies it as Military & almost certainly U.S..
Hello, I was looking to see if you can identify this item. I found it when I was a kid - the house we lived in was built in 1727, it was in the grass. Is it a button? It measures 1-7/16" across and is a light metal or tin material. I am attaching photos of the front and back. Thanks, Julie from NH
Thanks for the help
Julie from NH
Hi, I am very new to detecting, but am loving it. My daughter and I found this awhile back. I cant find anything like it online. I have found so spear tips that look close? My guess is it is some kind of tool,key, or something along those lines.
Thanks for the help
Greetings, I just returned from a trip that took me through Grantsville, MD, where I stopped at Penn Alps, an 1818 stagecoach stop on the National Pike. There they had a neat place called the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, a reconstructed village of restored log cabins, school houses, a church, and other rustic buildings that house working artisans, one of which was a period blacksmith shop. There, hanging on rack of hand-made period replica tools, was a tool that looked exactly like your item on Tom's Treasures. It was identified as a gardening tool. Another one had the same spade design, was a bit longer, and had a wooden handle applied. So, perhaps your tool is in deed a blacksmith made gardening tool from the early 1800's as well.
TOWN ANTIQUES SAYS: Your piece is hand forged. What it actually is, is an early hide stripping tool. Town Antiques 51566
I have a boxing medal from my grandfather back from 1917. I have been trying to identify it but haven't seen anything on the web even close. Maybe you can help. In the back it is stamped Dieges Clust, and in the middle of the back stamped ORT 1917. At that time my grandfather was in WWI in France. I would appreciate any help you can offer.
I have some old buttons that belonged to my Grandmother. I know they are old but not how old. I think they are from Germany but not sure. Any information would be greatly appreciated . Also if they are worth anything.
I recently found this tab in the Seira Mts. in California. I dont know what it is or how old it is but it is stamped very well, I have searched the internet deeply and can not find a thing about it. Could you please help, not knowing what it is just drives me crazy. It's tin i think and the stamp reads. SEAL ROCK TOB CO. EXPRESS It has a circle with a another circle inside and a small circle that connects to a wheel with wings on it. I cant seem to find this mark anywhere. I truly hope you can help.
ROB LANGDON SAYS: Seal Rock Tobacco Company,San Francisco, CA
Express Brand snuff tin lid, Circa 1889
Hi. My husband found this medal along with a 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition - Chicago token. The medal is brass. It has the Masonic all seeing eye and the Odd Fellows rings on it. We can't find anything about this medal anywhere. Any information you may be able to give would be very much appreciated. It was found in Shelburn Indiana.
Cathe and Dan Pinkston
Larry Murray says: I don't think it is a masonic, but instead is an odd fellows - Sovereign Grand Lodge. And of course PENNA is short for Pennsylvania
I FOUND THIS BRASS BUCKLE IN SOUTHERN NY, NEAR WARWICK, IT HAS SOME KIND OF EMBLEM ON IT. I MADE A RUBBING OF THE BUCKLE TO HELP I.D. IT. IT WAS 4 FEET BENEATH THE SURFACE, AND WAS AMONGST SOME TURN OF THE CENTURY/DEPRESSION ERA TRASH. SOME CAR PARTS A BOY'S RED TRUCK. SOME CERAMIC OR WHITE GLASS LITTLE BOTTLES AND I EVEN FOUND A CERAMIC MARBLE. I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS. NEXT TO THE DRAPING FLAG IS A MOUNTAIN WITH THE SUN AND RAYS ON TOP. THE CROSSED RIFLES HAVE BAYONETS ON THEM AND THERE IS GILDING ON THE BADGE AND IT IS SURROUNDED BY A WREATH WITCH APPEARS TO HAVE SILVER PLATING. THANK YOU MIKE
ROB LANGDON SAYS: In Michael O'Donnell's book, American Military Belt Plates, this type of plate, with three long narrow slots, is a 1900-1960 era buckle. It was made primairly for military schools and the National Guard. While this one shows the emblem of the New York Military Academy, this pattern buckle was manufactured as a blank or generic plate, allowing for the application of whatever emblem a customer requested.
PHOTOS FROM NY MILITARY ACADEMY
Can anyone identify this? Found it today while digging Size7/8"
On the medal it has a clenched hand holding lightning bolts. In the middle an lamp On the lower right looks like what could be an old microscope On the lower left atomic or universe symbol?On the bottom it says Italy
Thanks for any help you can send my way
I believe your medalia to be Rosicrucian. Although freemasonry boorrowed heavili;y on our symbolism and allegory our alchemical nature has always been interested in Science , alchemy and healing. The lightning bolts and fist at the top are a Representation of the Great Architect of the Universe and transversley our creation in his image and ability to control the elements of nature. And the Pythagorain squares at the bottom are a link to the Hermetic arts.
Hope this helps in your research
Retired Police Chief and amature metal detector
My husband found this in our yard, it showed up as copper on our metal detector. It seems to be some sort of key with the number 39 on it.
Robert Langdon Says: Having shown your photo to several people, it is a unanimous belief that your key is an antique watchman's key, probably circa 1880 or so. A watchman would find the key chained to a station along their tour. They would insert the key into their watchclock, where it would cause a paper disc to be stamped with the station number, date and time. The piece extending from the side caused the marking. The number on the key would correspond to the station to which it was assigned.
Very Nice find!! I wonder if there was an old train station or factory nearby?
I have just found this badge amongst a lot of bibs & bobs that I inherited many years ago and have never gone through. I know the elderly man from whom it came was a commander in the Australian navy and was seconded at some stage of WW11 to the American navy - not sure where.
I am relatively certain that your item is a WWII era U. S. Naval officer's hat pin.
Very nice keepsake,
KEVIN SAYS:I was looking at your naval officer's badge. Quite interesting - regretful you do not mention the size of this treasure. It seems awfully small for a cap badge and I know the US navy has always been sticklers for uniformity.
Respectfully, what with it being silver, privately made at Meyers in NYC, plus having a closing pin on the back, I am going to suggest that it is a ladies or sweetheart pin. Sweetheart pins are very typical for British Commonwealth troops, sailors and airmen (I have purchased a few myself for lady-friends over the years),
Revisiting my original comments - at first glance, I would be tempted to believe this is a US Naval officer's wedge cap badge (not the peak cap), except for the clasp pin on the back. US forces used (and continue to use) clutch pins and screw back pins to hold the badge on. The British Commonwealth used both slides and "lugs" (a pair of copper loops that a brass cotter-pin like wire pin slid through). I am still leaning towards a sweetheart pin - the clasp pin placement is deliberate and was part of the top overlay's original casting - I don't believe it is a modification to an existing badge, and is very high on the badge which would make this badge flop around on a cap, but hang nicely on some lady's lapel. Cheers.
Victoria, BC, Canada
Robert Langdon says: I would have to agree with Lawrence on this one. There were lots of insignia pins made by Meyer's. I think a google search will confirm.
Hi,I found this in yorkshire UK,it is half the size of a 1p coin(or a 1 cent coin) and twice as thick,blank on the reverse,any ideas would be great,unsure of the metal,found with a garrett ace150
MANY THANKS AND ALL THE BEST!
John Lemandri Says: The bronze coin is Roman, probably late 300s early 400 period.
Hi, a friend of mine found this while metal detecting in northeastern Arkansas around Jonesboro area a few years back. Its about the size of a quarter maybe a little smaller, perhaps made of brass, not sure, but looks to be hand stamped? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Rob Langdon: Replies: That is part of a keyhole dust cover from an old S&Company wrought Iron lever lock.
I'm trying to find out more about this side saddle I picked up in Ohio a long time ago meaning to research and restore it. I have not had any luck finding information about it. I found your site and thought you might have something by looking at the saddle skirt decorations?
I found this button in my back yard after some erosion had occurred. I hope some one can tell me what it is from.
|I have here a bayonet scabbard that I can not identify. I have done a lot of
research on this item and came to no conclusion. This item was bought in the
States. The shape is triangle. Total length of the scabbard is 56cm. The tip is
9.5cm long. Please note the pattern around the tip and how it is secured to the
scabbard. An original M1855 Springfield bayonet fits in this scabbard perfectly.
I have no clue to the function of the leather strap with the two holes. I would
appreciate any help. Thank you.
Gunter says: This scabbard has now been identyfied. It is a: Spanish scabbard for the long M1871 socket bayonet used with the Remington rolling block rifle.
I found this button in Virginia at an old colonial house spot. Need help to identify: information will be great.
ROB LANDON SAYS: Your button is a United Railways Company of St. Louis button. It dates to 1914. Nice Find! What it was doing in Virginia is anybody's guess.
My FriendNeed help indentifying a piece he found on mississippi shore in MN..It is a piece of metal shaped like a triangle about the size of quarter..(not sure of type of metal, it non-magnetic), on one side there is a donky(or mule) on the other side is square boxes with some type lettering..the two sides look like the were joined together
This was found in river on Colorado river in Colorado... Appears to be brass or Copper. Very thick and heavy. Perhaps a "brass" from a rail car?
Hello, found this ring with 2 crotal bells in a back garden any idea of the age?
My Builder found this pewter button when digging out for our extension in Greater Manchester. Just wondering if anybody knows anything about the history around this. It must have been very special to someone as the original fastener had split but 2 holes had been made so the button could still be worn.
I would be grateful for any information.
Hi, I found your page during a search while trying to find information about the attached key. It was found with some brass railroad switch keys in an old toolbox. The person it belonged to worked for the railroad for forty years and retired about 20 years ago. He is now deceased.
It is a little smaller than a regular switch key and the only marking is the small "x" in the corner. The stem is moveable or hinged.
I have posted to several boards without any results.
Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Hello, I found this coin shaped object at the side of tree roots in the local woods ,its metal as my detector picked it up but its got like a ring of hands/paws in a circle and one in the middle ,nothing on the back ,they looked to have been hammered into it .can you help ,its puzzling me ,ive attached a few pics that might help
I found this metal detecting in South Carolina. The location this item was found also contained other items like buttons and coins dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil War. It is ~ 5" in length and so far I have been told it is gold gilded. And possibly the image of The French icon Marianne. I also have made no attempt to clean the item, it is still covered in sand and dirt. I have only been metal detecting for a few months so this is all new to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mike Robinson says: Hi Stephen,You really found a goodie there,it is an ormulu bronze applique for furniture, probably French and from the Napoleonic period circa 1810. Google `french empire mirrors´ pictures and you will see how these were used on furniture. If you wish to clean it, you may contact me and I will tell you how to do it.There is no guarantee how it will turn out but the gold on the bronze is very often in good condition and the results are amazing.Well done Mike(Berlin)
We found this item this past weekend at Virginia Beach. It was about a foot deep in the softer sand. So far I have heard a type of bullet (which I hope it is) to a weight for a crab net to part of machinery used to help build the hotels and also a ball for a hitch. So if anyone can please help us clear this up, I would greatly appreciate it. Its about 3 inches tall and it appears to have brass or copper around the bottom of it. Under the "cemented sand" it appears to be painted metallic blue. Thanks
I have finally found out what this is....Its a 40mm Dummy/Training Grenade Round for an MK19. This site talks more about it, if anyone is interested. GRENADE LAUNCHER
Steve says:Hi, We also live in Virginia Beach. My son found a round similar to that. His was live!! Yes, at Dam Neck Navel Station, there was a 40mm gun school, but they also shot live rounds. These rounds have been washing ashore due to storms and such. I work with EOD navy guys. They took it and detonated it. There were no fragments left (i.e.. it was a live explosive round.)Please ensure you have it thoroughly checked out. My son almost took out our whole family.
I found this at a old farm field in VA looks to be brass or copper. And what is the face of . He has a helmet and a dragon on his head any help would be great.
Thank You ,Eugene
MABRY TYSON SAYS: I don't know what the item is, but I hope this will help you figure out where to search for more info. The helmet looks very much like those worn by these Brazilian troops: That picture is from 1944.
More views of their helmets are at MILITARY PHOTOS
I found this: CHARACTERISTIC UNIFORM
The characteristic uniform worn by the Independence Dragoons, which lends glamor and elegance to the ceremonies held at the Office of the President of the Republic, was designed by the French painter Jean Baptiste Debret during a French artistic mission to Brazil in 1816. The uniform pays homage to Empress Maria Leopoldina, archduchess of Austria, and was inspired by the Dragoon Cavalry troop of that Empire. Originally metallic, the helmet is now golden and scaled, bearing a heraldic dragoon of the Bragança Family blazon, with an abundant mane between its framed open wings. Today, the color of the panache obeys the following pattern:
white is exclusively used by the commander of the Regiment, yellow is used by senior officers, red is used by soldiers and green is used for the Fanfare
I found this while metal detecting at a old church yard in south ga. It was ten inches in the ground and it looks to be military. the back is to rusted to tell anything other that it may have had a belt ran threw it.It is a little larger than a half dollar. if you have any idea what or when please send me a e-mail
Thank You ,Ben
Found this button in the yard of an old home, the back is missing. Any information on this button would b greatly appreciated.
Thank You ,JOE
CobaltMoonglass says: The National Emblem of France is backed by a fasces, representing justice.
This is a piece of metal that I found in our allotment it is magnetic one side but not the other could you please help thanks P.S I have a orbiter prospector T200, any ideas would be great
Have this round 2" copper belt buckle found crated with normal household items from an estate sale in pennsylvania several years ago.
any help would be gratefully appreciated.
The old buckle you have is a world war 1 copper standard belt plate, the buckles can be worth from $4-$50 based on the item condition.
Based by the picture yours is worth about $30-$35. If you find one you are very likely to find a second so keep looking at the location of the find.
good luck with the piece,
DAVE HANDLEY SAYS:The item is actually a WWI US Army bridle rosette.
I found this old bronze skeleton key near the water in a park near a historical area of Norfolk ,VA. Unfortunately before I knew what I was doing, I cleaned the key with a wire brush and according to the antique dealer, damaged the patina and lessened the value. It is still neat-looking. It has the number 14 imprinted on the bow. Can anyone identify the year of this key?
THIS WAS FOUND IN CHARLES CITY, COUNTY, VIRGINIA. I WOULD APRECIATE ANY HELP IN IDENTIFYING THIS FIND.
Hello this is Thorsten from Germany,Please have a look here on this
I´m sure you will find this or a simular piece.
With best regards Thorsten Germany
can anyone tell me what this is. It was found in the UK
CHRISTIAN STORM SAYS: This looks like knight templar money/Mason.Illuminati money
HAROLD SAYS: Christian: I believe you are partially correct. Masons and Knights Templar didn't have their own money?? They would have used the same currency as everyone else in their area or time frame. I believe, however, that this object could possibly have belonged to a Templar, or more accurately, a crusader Knight? During the crusades, all of the city's in the holy land were walled city's, and at night, the city gates would have been closed until morning. If a Knight or crusader were to find himself outside the city walls after dark (a VERY dangerous place to be) he could approach the "man door" that was situated beside the main gate and present the guard with a "token" that would have been issued to all Knights and crusaders at the time. This would allow him to be admitted into the city after dark. These "tokens" were very highly prized be those who carried them (as you could probably have guessed) because they had the potential to save their lives. So, many returning crusaders would have still carried these back to their homeland and kept them for as long as they lived. If you could find out if the metal it's made from is either zinc or a copper/zinc alloy, that's probably what it is. Hope this helps,
can anyone tell me what this is. It says U.S. House of Representatives
can anyone tell me what year this is
what can anyone tell me about this rosette
What is the value of the above medal.
1906 Olympic Medal Ex. fine condition, gold plated with seals of Greece & USA centered winged figure. Stamped Dieges & Clust - 29 John St. , NY
Eric Wilson says: Shalom.
I do not know exactly of what this medal was for.Perhaps you can contact the Olympic committee to gain answers.However I can tell you about Dieges and Clust.Dieges and Clust originally opened 1898 selling fine and custom jewelry.They also began to cast medals for different occasions and organizations,The Olympic Committee being one of their return customers.They also did medals for maritime and military service as well as the Eagle Scout Meritorious Medal.
The most famous and sought after medals Dieges and Clust ever cast were the Medals were struck on behalf of Margaret (Molly) Brown,Titanic survivor, to thank Captain Rostron, the ships officers, and crew for their bravery and hospitality shown to Titanic's survivors. Gold medals were awarded to Captain Rostron and Officers, Silver for the Jr. Officers and Engineers and Bronze for the Crew.The "Unsinkable" Molly Brown presented one to each in appreciation of their heroism and bravery rescuing the survivors of the ill-fated Titanic on April 15, 1912.
I can say that in the late 60's early 70's they offered replicated Carpathia Medals.However they began to be passed off as "Authentic" and once Dieges and Clust heard of this they destroyed the mold.The last time a 100% Authentic Carpathia medal was placed under the auctioneers hammer it fetched a handsome £14,100 Sterling which is the equivilant of $21,000 U.S.Dollars.D
ieges and Clust were renowned specialist gold & silversmiths. The company ceased trading in 1980 and their successor, Herff Jones, Inc.Of whom you might also try contacting, continue the Dieges & Clust tradition of premiere craftsmanship producing prestigious medals for the Olympic Games, Congressional Medal of Honor, the Heisman Trophy, the National Football League.So I think you have a very nice find.Hope this information was useful.Good luck.May YHVH Bless you and Keep you.YHVH's Humble Servant Eric Wilson Titanic Enthusiast
THIS ITEM WAS FOUND IN THE MAINE WOODS ALONG AN OLD NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD. IT SEEMS TO BE A BRONZE MEDAL OR BADGE WITH A GLOBE, POWDERHORN & WREATH. IT HAS A HIDDEN SEAL INSIDE THE BACK OF THE GLOBE THAT READS "THE GREAT STATE SEAL OF OKLAHOMA 1907".
IF ANYONE CAN HELP IDENTIFY THIS FIND IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
KEVIN SAYS: The badge you are asking about looks like a cap badge of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, most likely made during the very late Victorian period. It may be something that was picked up at some point by a US soldier and he had the Oklahoma seal added later.
It definitely is not US by manufacture, as the globe shows Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia which how it is displayed on the Royal Marines badge. Also the horn is not a powder horn but what typically is used in the British Commonwealth as a light infantry bugle.
Here is a picture of a gold ring I found while hunting a Civil War battle site in Arkansas several years ago. I was hunting with a group from our local metal detecting club here in Tulsa,Ok. It is called, "The Indian Territory Treasure Hunter's Club" The stone was missing already and the band was broken too . I would like to be able to research it and find out, if possible, the approximate age or era of it, and the karat of gold it is. It appears to have no markings of any kind.
Gary Raney Jr
MIKE ROBINSON SAYS: Hi Gary,The ring you found could well be a love token worn by a soldier(without doubt C.W.period) to bring him back safely to his loved one, obviously not successful. The ring is of typical Victorian design,somewhere between 1845-1860 and may one time have had a diamond,sapphire or garnet. The type of stone would depend on whether it is 9,10,14,15,or 18 carat and as there are no stamps inside the ring this can only be verified with an acid test. If the ring is American it will be most likely 14ct. but to get an exact verification you would have to ask your local jeweller. Hope that helps you ,Mike (Berlin)
I bought this knife off a guy that said he found it metal detecting off the coast of Maine. I have been unable to identify how old it is or the story behind it…..can anyone give me more information about it?
Thanks a lot.
TJBarfield says: What you have is a solingen germany pommel part of a knife from the 1940`s or 50`s, they have them on ebay,look under head knife,or solingen knife
Bought this at a yard sale not sure of what it is side has 995/1000 with 3 halmarks an 1935 its 1 3/4 across an is 43.5 grams of 995. The back of the coin says La Fundation De Permanezca El munda Y la Gloria,Di Mexico Tenochtitlan
KEVINS SAYS: Your Mexican coin is probably a commemorative coins of sorts. Judging by its condition it is probably not terribly old.
What I can tell you is that if it is marked .995/1000 with three hallmarks then it is solid silver and .995 pure. I suggest you research the hall marks and they should reveal where it was made and when. You might even get the makers name too.
Good luck - it is a really interesting bit of numismatics.
Kevin Denby Victoria, BC Canada
GILLRaker says: This is a religious token, early Roman Catholic.. It's not a coin
This is a brass button i found close to Elizabeath town N.C.,It is about the size of a nickle.There was a reveloutinary battle near where i found it.I was told it could be a button from a scotsman shoulder
Know what this button represents?
This was found at the C&O Canal at Lock 23, Montgomery County, MD. It was on the bank of the Potomac. There is a half marble sort of thing with a piece of metal wound around it. I was looking at your site and think it might be a part of a bridle, a decorative bridle? Underneath, it shows where something was broken from it so it must have been attached to something once. That spring thing doesn't seem to fit a purpose other than decoration. There is green tarnish and two small stamps in the metal. I think the stamp is an eagle with 100 under it. It could also be two triangles. Any ideas? Thank you for your help. Claudette and Andrew.
Hi,I have a set of cufflinks they have n.s meyer Inc new York on the back
Can anyone Identify?
These are United States Air Force cuff links.
Michael A. Hamilton
Major, CmlC, USAR, Retired
Hi, Today I found this button with my metal detector.
Do have any information about the button?
Your "button" looks to be a collar disk, I hope this helps.
GARY WILLIAMSON SAYS: You have a World War One Enlisted Collar disk insignia for the Infantry. These were worn on the uniform collar