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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.

Many thanks in advance,
Christina





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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

Sincerely,
Paul









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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.

Thanks
Kathy Moore





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Hi, could you help identify this find. Any information would be fantastic. All I know is it isn't magnetic.

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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).



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Hello,

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?


Thanks
Ed Mandella






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


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Hi bought this as an un researched metal detecting find from eBay. Found in the midlands UK. Any info would be brilliant.

Thanks
Ian ferguson





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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.

Thanks,
Robin






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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

Thanks,
Ben Tindall









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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



Thanks!!
Bill Kisner






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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??


Many Thanks
Lisa



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Hello Folks, I just found this and was wondering if anyone knows what it is.


Thanks GottaDigIT.



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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.


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This Item has been Identified as a 50 cal bullet

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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.



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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.



Thanks for your help.
Michelle




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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!


Many thanks
Charly






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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.



Many thanks
Joel









This has been Identified on the forum at http://tomstreasuresforum.com , It is a Prayer Wheel

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Thomspson Jace ask:Could you help me identify this piece. It is quite heavy . Bout half the size of a basketball


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Sharon asks: What was this old spoon Used for??


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Several members have identified this as a Absinthe Spoon

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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


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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

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Its made of metal, no markings rusted out. It is about five inches long by 2.5 inches wide..


Thank You TK






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.
Happy Hunting,
J.C, Richardson III
Danville VA.


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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.


Thanks so much Debbie






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I would like to know what this is, found in the garden , a strange shiny object dirt has not destroyed


Thank you, Chazel





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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.


Thank you,
Sue Hampker








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.

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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.


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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.

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My son found this near an old farm house that is at least 200 years old any ideas ?


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Hey there,

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
Andrea Silk.







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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 .






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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 .





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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.




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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.




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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






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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




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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

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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.
Jacqueline




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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


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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


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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



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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.



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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



kathywieland111@gmail.com says It might be the brace for the bottom of a three legged table.

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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



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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.



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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


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The front is plain can't seem to find anything about this.



Thank You Paula



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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!



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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.





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Rob Langdon has identified the find as a 55 gallon metal barrel bung

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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 .




Thank You,Ricky



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Please help identify this U.S. Navy Brass item! Found in old trash pit. Possibly during WWI era.



Thank You,Trevor



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.




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We found this in a creek on our farm. Do you know what it is?


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kathywieland says: It is the chain hook for a sled runner. For a farm sled instead of a wagon in the winter
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Can you help me with my first find please or give me ideas on to identify an object? ?


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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.

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These were found on a beach in Boston Mass, any idea what these could represent


Thank You, Keith




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I have no idea what writing this is. It measures 4.5 inches across. Made of pewter or lead.


Thank You, Keith





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Found this while digging a drive way in pascagoula mississippi
it is about 2"x2" and about 1" tall it's made of brass.


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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


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Cerne Alexander says: It is a underground cable box
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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.


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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





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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.


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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

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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.


Kind Regards
Kate



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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
Dusty



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John



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Hi Tom-we found this near Rippy Ridge in central Tennessee-any ideas?



Many thanks
Trisket and MF



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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..





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Lenny



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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



Thank You
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When I went metal detecting I found This frog eyed looking thing need to know what it is


Thank You
Craig



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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
Lori



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

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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?



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Kevin



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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.



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ADAM



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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.


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Skip



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Copper Brooch Found In TN, Can You Identify

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Jack White



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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

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Susan



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My first out with a metal detector and not sure what this item is Many thanks Craig dakin

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Craig Dakin



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.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.



Debbie
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.
Cheers. Kevin



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. I found a bullet shaped item that is heavy and about 2.5 inches and has a small hole any ideas brass maybe


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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
M. Page



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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

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Dug this button, Can anyone help Identify
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I found this item in northeastern Illinois. Its is 3 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide.
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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.
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Paul Langeslay and One other Person says: I believe it is a old co2 cartridge from a pellet gun. Hope this helps

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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
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Trying to id this buckle. Any help would be appreciated.
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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


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I found this and have looked everywhere on line trying to get info on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated


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Brandi


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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




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Brandi


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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".


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Barrie


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Any idea what this is? Found while metal detecting. Thank you for any information you can provide


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Debbie


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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
Debbie

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.
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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
Jaime


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.



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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.
Michael Schwartz


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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
Khella Dawn


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Can you Identify this item.
I found it in a forest in the west midlands I think it is copper it has nothing on the back, is the pattern victorian? Or maybe older an what could it be, thanks for your help


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Phillip


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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
Khella Dawn


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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


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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.


ROB LANDON SAYS: The top item is part of a drop rein terret, while the bottom is a British sword sling buckle.

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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.

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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 comparison

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I thought this was a plumb but found out it is part of a trigger guard of a flintlock musket shown below

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.

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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!


KDENBY SAYS:

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

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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

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KDENBY SAYS: Greetings -
Interesting ring.

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.
Cheers. Kevin

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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
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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...

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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?
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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.

Clayton Tindall


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.
Kevin

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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!
Gary W. Says Hello,

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.

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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



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Can you help id this it is a silver hair pin with markings on the back the key is in the markings thanks
KDENBY SAYS: Interesting find.

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



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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! Any ideas?
KDENBY SAYS: Intriguing treasure -

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



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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.

Thank you so Much , James

GARY WILLIAMSON SAYS: The piece you found is a World War Two enlisted cap insignia. The clip part was actually sewn into the cap and the insignia screwed into that. The cap has long since disintegrated. These were generally made of bronze and that is why it has lasted so long and in relative good condition. I read you found the piece in Arkansas and there were certainly a number of military camps in service during the 1940's and later.

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. Our guys are on a project at Fort Knox, KY looking for unexpoded ordnance for the Corps of Engineers,
They have excavated a few of these metal bottles or vials...the appear to be aluminum
Anyway...maybe you or someone you know may have experience with something like this

Tim Hendrix


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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
Raquel Negrete


Kdenby@aol.com says:

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.

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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

Sincerely,TERI

Kdenby says: See Here
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....
Good luck.Kevin

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. 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.
Sincerely,Ryan Fowler


Woody Campbell says: Ryan, Very intriguing and possibly rare ring you have there.I have spent a little time (amateur) researching the Lafitte brothers and there were 3,thus the 13 on the skull(1 of 3 not 13...).The cross bones below(in a casket stance) was an original idea from Edward England's(privateer also) prior era which in essence became the "Jolly Roger". The coat of arms/shield (beveled with 3 points on top) were defiantly French in design(very much like the Boy Scouts symbol of today).I am curious how you came upon this as it does not seem costume jewelry as you see at Mardi-Gra fests...

Rob and Sue Hollinger say: The ring is a masonic skull and crossbones is a masonic symbol look it up . i like it alot the side symbols are flour de lee not sure of spelling. I wear the square and compass ring.

Joe Groos says: I have a similar ring that has a skull and cross bones on it. It belonged to my father who was a pharmacist and graduated from the St. Louis College of pharmacy in 1930. I have enclosed a photo of it for you to view, it is a high-resolution photo so it may take while for it to load. I believe my photo is my father's class ring from pharmacy school. Hope this helps you out. I too am trying to find out if I'm correct about my ring as well.


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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.


Sincerely,Rachel Belle


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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.

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Was wondering if you could identify this ole button of mine..
Thanks Brenda


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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

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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


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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


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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


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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
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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?
Thanks!!Bill Burton


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)
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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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-

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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.
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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

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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!

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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


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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

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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

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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


Colin Radka.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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
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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

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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

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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!

VR Curt



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

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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?


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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.

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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).
Kevin


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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.
Cheers. Kevin


Rob Langond says: Here is an ARTICLE on an Item Like Yours.
Hope this helps solve the mystery,
Happy Holidays Rob


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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



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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.



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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.
Good Luck!


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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..
Cheers. Kevin


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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



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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.
Thank You Jeff



Richard Smith Says: Hi, most lilkely a Naval Button, war of 1812

KDenby says: I really cannot agree that it is an 1812 Naval button, and I say this for a couple of reasons - first off it is iron and iron is prone to rusting - just about anything made of metal on a naval uniform was made of brass. (Interestingly enough, even during WWII, some versions of the German Iron Crosses awarded to members of the U-boat crews were manufactured out of copper vs iron to avoid rusting).

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
Kevin

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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.
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Thanks so much for your time!
Doug




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.
Kevin

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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.

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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, trish@celestialbridle.com

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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


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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.
Cheers. Kevin


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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.
Kevin


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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?
Kevin

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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

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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!

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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)

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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



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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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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?
Cheers.
Kevin

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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

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What is this??
Shazam


Robert Langdon says:Your item is an oriental (chinese actually) trunk lock. You can see one similar at this site: CHINESE LOCK

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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.
Connie




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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
ROBERT



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Found in grandmothers garage. Any idea ? it is over 12" tall. Thanks for any help.

Thanks for any Help
Connie



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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.

Thank You
JW



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

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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.

Thank You
MudPuppy



EEAW58 Says: It looks to be a striker to light a torch a found one and was told the same
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. 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.

Thank You
CHARLIE




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

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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?

Thank You
Lauren



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

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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.

Thank You
Stephen




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.


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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.

Thank You
Katie





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'
Garry

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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.

Thank You
Russ Beyer





RON DENT SAYS: It looks like a drive gear/axle off of an old YAZOO self propelled mower

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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.

Thank You
Bruce Taylor





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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"

Thank You
Bruce Taylor

Rob Langdon says: Your item is a portion of a team pad from a work horse harness.

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At its widest point it is 5 1/16 inches (outside to outside) The height is 5 3/8 inches revbtaylor

Thank You
Bruce Taylor

Rob Langdon says: This is an old iron stirrup from a saddle.

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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

Thank You
Scott


John says: it is a fake SEE HERE FOR INFO

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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.

Connie


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.
Harold.
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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.
Thank You
Tanya



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

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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.
Thank You
Brian



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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
Thank You
Lauren


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.


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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?
Thank You
KEITH


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.

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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?
Thank You
KEITH


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.

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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
Best Regards

Sierra Morningstarr Miller

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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

Thank You
Bruce Taylor

Jim Peterson says: Hi Bruce
When you measured the lead did you clean off the lead oxide corrosion to get the measurement of the lead itself? or did you measure over the lead oxide? The reason I ask is that lead expands greatly as it corrodes, and the fact that the item pictured looks very much like a .22 Long Rifle bullet, and the length is in line with the .22 Long Rifle as well.

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.
Bear


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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.

Thank You
Mark Western

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.

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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?
Thank You

Kimberly

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


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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 .
Best Regards

Helena

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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.
Thanks
Will

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



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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.

Terry Hall

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Hello,
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,

Carleton

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).


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Hello,
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!!

Stephanie

ROB LANDGON SAYS: I am relatively certain that your item is off of an antique snuff box. If you Google "antique snuff box" you will see all sorts of pictorial snuffs. Ebay is a good source, too.
Thanks for sharing your relic,
Rob

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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.
Thank You

BRIAN

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.
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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
BRIAN

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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

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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


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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.
Thank You

James


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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.

Michael Ryan


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.
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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!!
Wayne


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.
Kevin


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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,
Jim Smith
Port Jervis NY


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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



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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.
Thank You


Terry Hall


ROB LANGDON SAYS: Your item is a Civil War era pewter hand-stamp. Please VISIT HERE and scroll down to items 31, 32, 33.
Nice find!
Rob
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
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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.
Thank You


Billy


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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.
Thanks


DEE


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.
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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
Thanks


Billy


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.

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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!!!
Thanks


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 .

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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?
Thanks


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..



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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


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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
Will


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.
Regards,
Anthony

TOWN ANTIQUES SAYS: Your piece is hand forged. What it actually is, is an early hide stripping tool. Town Antiques 51566

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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.
Thank You,
Bob



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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.
Thank You,
Valerie Zenor



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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.
Thank You,
Jamie Callahan

ROB LANGDON SAYS: Seal Rock Tobacco Company,San Francisco, CA
Express Brand snuff tin lid, Circa 1889


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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.
Thank You,
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

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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

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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
LH


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
James Griffin


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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.
Thank You
Marjorie


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?
Rob
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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.
Many thanks.
Lois Harkess
New Zealand


I am relatively certain that your item is a WWII era U. S. Naval officer's hat pin.
Very nice keepsake,
Lawrence
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.
Kevin Denby
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.
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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!
CHRIS


John Lemandri Says: The bronze coin is Roman, probably late 300s early 400 period.



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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.
thanks
Randy Howard

Rob Langdon: Replies: That is part of a keyhole dust cover from an old S&Company wrought Iron lever lock.






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Hi there,
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?

Thank you!

Julie





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I found this button in my back yard after some erosion had occurred. I hope some one can tell me what it is from.
Thank you.
Mark






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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


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.

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I found this button in Virginia at an old colonial house spot. Need help to identify: information will be great.
Thanks Eugene


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.
Rob
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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
Thanks


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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?
Thanks


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Hello, found this ring with 2 crotal bells in a back garden any idea of the age?
Thanks Chris


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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.

Jill




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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!



GRADY CAFFIN SAYS: Took me awhile to find a picture (CLICK FOR PICTURE))of sewing machine hinge. This one has two mounting holes where the one in the original picture has one. The hinge in the original picture is upside down from how it is mounted in the cabinet. Grady



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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
Thanks Sarah


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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.
Thanks, Stephen


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)

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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.

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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


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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

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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.
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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
Thanks,PETER

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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.
Thanks,Marc

Marc,
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,
Troy

DAVE HANDLEY SAYS:The item is actually a WWI US Army bridle rosette.

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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?

Thank You

Justin

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THIS WAS FOUND IN CHARLES CITY, COUNTY, VIRGINIA. I WOULD APRECIATE ANY HELP IN IDENTIFYING THIS FIND.

Thank You

Christ

Hello this is Thorsten from Germany,Please have a look here on this
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I´m sure you will find this or a simular piece.

With best regards Thorsten Germany

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can anyone tell me what this is. It was found in the UK

Thank You

Chris

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,
Harold.


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can anyone tell me what this is. It says U.S. House of Representatives

Thank You

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can anyone tell me what year this is

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what can anyone tell me about this rosette

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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
Thanks,
Bob

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

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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.
JASON


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.

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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.
Take care,
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)

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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.
Thomas


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


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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
Thank You
Eric


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.
Cheers
Kevin Denby Victoria, BC Canada

GILLRaker says: This is a religious token, early Roman Catholic.. It's not a coin

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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
Thanks
Eric


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Know what this button represents?
Thanks
John


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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.


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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. />Thank you,
Michael A. Hamilton
Major, CmlC, USAR, Retired

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Hi, Today I found this button with my metal detector.
Do have any information about the button?
Thank you,
Lee

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
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Found in front of house built in 1913 over older house in front yard down about four inches.
I think it is an old horse post tie up ring. It measures two and a half inches in dia and eight and a half in circum.
Made of brass like material.
James



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Can anyone identify this militayr button found in southeast lower MI.
James


KEVIN SAYS: This is an "Indian War" period US Army Eagle Button. From 1870s to 1902. Backmark can give better dating by who made it.


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Trying to identify this piece, was found in a field in NW Mo. Wrapped in cloth.

Have attempted to identify the crest though unsuccessful.

Thanks for your help

Ed Meyer
KEVIN SAYS: Respectfully, I doubt you will be able to determine what the coat of arms is - I don't believe it belongs to any family or monarchy, and I have never seen a military honour or decoration with small coloured stones displayed in it like yours does.
I hate to suggest this, but judging by the tarnish on the triple linked chain, the oversized closure for the chain, the quality of the enamelling on the pendant, and the crudeness of the casting of the suspender loop, I suspect it is costume jewellery.
Cheers.
Kevin




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Found a Silver Indian Head ring. The Indian head is a side view of the mans head/face with braided hair coming down over his shoulder with feathers coming off the top of his head and down the back of the Indians head, on both sides of the ring is a spear head with turquoise. The only marking on the inside of the ring that I can make out are squiggly marks almost like stitching
Thank You Cassie Morrow


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I have something I need some help in trying to identify. This was found in my yard in Altoona, PA. I believe my house was built in the 1920's. I live approximately 4 blocks from a historical site called Baker Mansion. Elias Baker was an 1800's ironmaster and also owned an iron furnace which is about 5 blocks from my house.
I don't know if there's any correlation between that and what I found, but this item appears to be something that was made in a foundry. If you have any information that may be helpful,
Thank You Amy


RICK SAYS: The item reminds me of a marker found in cemeteries. Markers would be on an iron post and set into ground at grave site and might indicate membership in an organization.
Rick


I don't know if this helps but the horseshoe with an anchor on the inside is a mariners charm
Keith Travis
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This button is about 24mm in diameter and has a "CM" in the center of a starburst design. It was found in the town of Niagara, Ontario, Canada and was in an area of war of 1812 buttons so possible same era.
It's silver gilted and has a backmark of, Firmin & Westall, Strand. Maybe it's Canadian Militia but have no real idea. Thanks for your help!!


KEVIN SAYS: It is quite possible that it is a Canadian Militia button of the GEO II period. If it is silver and made by Firmins, then it a button from an officer's tunic, however officers tended to have regimental numbers on their buttons, etc, because they privately purchased their equipment. Still, if it is silver it is an officers button.
Firmins is still around in the UK, and was still making buttons, badges, buckles, swords and other military ceremonial items for the British forces as well as for a lot of the armed forces of various middle eastern and african states.
Interestingly enough, they not only made kit for the Brits and we Colonials, but they also made a lot of buttons, badges and belt buckles for both the North and the South during the US Civil war. (Next time you get a chance compare a US and a CS belt buckle.... you will see that they look a lot alike, and that is because Firmins happily sold their stuff to those on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line...)
Cheers. Kevin

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got a metal detector this weekend and went down to a stream in the swiss alps found this button 3 to 4 inch down near and old bench.
I see you had one on your site from what ive seen from a few other ones on the net, this one looks maybe a little older, still have no idea the true origin of this item wether it is military but the other one was found in the US. Can anyone identify
thanks and best wishes
Gregg


I know Latin, and the writing on the button says, clockwise starting from the cross: "Francisc(us) D(ei) G(ratia) Francor(um) Rex", which stands for: "Francis, King of the French for God's Will".

I made a Google search for "franciscus dei gratia francorum rex" and got this link:

http://edit16.iccu.sbn.it/scripts/iccu_ext.dll?fn=10&i=73263
So Franciscus stands for Francis I. The French had only two kings named
Francis:
Francis I
Francis II
Should the button refer to Francis II, the writing would have said Francisc*II indeed. So we've got a button "named after" Francis I, King of France. Francis I of Valois was Born in 1515 and died in 1547. In 1523, Francis I started the colonization of the Americas, which reached its maximum expansion in 1712. The French colonies in America were called "Nouvelle France". Please refer to this link, it's in Italian but I hope you are able to get an automated translation: http://wapedia.mobi/it/Nuova_Francia#1. IMHO, assuming the buttons found in America and in Europe are original, they could have belonged to French military. They would not necessarily date to the reign of Francis of Valois, but they could likely be a standard issue to a corps founded while he was a king. Just my 2 cents.

Cheers,
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I wanted to know if anyone had an idea of what this object may be? I found it under my home and everyone that I ask seems to think it is a key but I would really like to know, so if you could offer any help please let me know.
Thank You
Joseph Thompson


In the late 1800's- early 1900's when people of importance(sports figures,movie stars,or important people from other countries) came to cities. the towns folk would have a welcoming ceramony,and bands played(a kind of carnival atmosphere) usually the mayor or governor would give the visiting person a key to the city on some type of plaque.

My great,great grandmother(105 yrs old) has one that looks identical to yours,but hers is still mounted on the plaque(just a basic piece of wood with the town name on it). I truly believe that is what you have. I am no expert, but when I seen the one you posted, I dug out an old photo with my grandmother and grandfather holding it, and to me they are exactly the same, except theirs is still mounted on the plaque.

I'm about 98 percent sure that's what you have..look on the front of yours and see if you can see a small nick or a little gouge by the handle and towards the other end.these two spots would be were they had mounted it to the wood.

Like I said before I am no expert...I really hope this is what you have because historically, they are a great piece of history and there are not to many of them. what a great find..no idea of what the value is,but I would not get rid of it.i would put it on display in you home.as I stated before that is a rich piece of history.. you could have a real treasure.
hope this helps,,,
Brian from Oklahoma


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We found this brass hinge at Nagshead, NC and thought it might be fairly old given the amount of encrustation it has. Also, note that the hinge isn't quite symetric; perhaps indicating that it was not machine made. It measures 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" and is 1/4" thick with a 1/4" hinge pin. Any idea what this could have been used for or how old it might be?
Thank You
RAY


GILLRAKER SAYS:This is a crushed electrical plug
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My name is Jonah I am a 14 year old boy, and have been metal detecting for about 2 years, and I have thee attachments to show you. The first one I found wile hunting on some privet land. It is a flat piece of metal about 14 inches long and a steal ring 4 inches in diameter it was about 4 inches down. I think it is Something that could have come off of a wagon.
The second is a bullet that I fond in an area that I fond some civil war bullets, it has Two big rings and one small one.
The Third is an Enders lock that I can not find on the web and Has a 5 on the top of it. Hope you can help, Thank you Jonah.
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It was found in the South, is non magnetic, initials CS, appears very old, pendent loop may have been added, perhaps it was a hat or lapel pin, insignia or metal, any info would help, measures 1-1/2 x 3/4"
Thank You


KEVIN SAYS: Greetings!
Your pendant appears to be 3 letters making up a cypher of the letters: S I C not just 2.
Looking at the suspender loop, I doubt it was a hat or lapel pin because it would not hang properly, but it is possibly a privately made watch fob. You need to determine if it is silver or not, and if there are hallmarks or a makers name. this will give you a date of manufacture, where it was made and possibly by whom.
Being non-magnetic is certainly indicative of it being silver, however this could also be a casting of zinc or white casting metal which is also non-magnetic.
Time for a trip to a jeweller....
Good luck
Kevin
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I found this while scuba diving in NC, it’s a tile? of some sort with US marked on it about a 1/4 of an inch thick and about 2 inches in length, any idea where/when these were manufactured? possibly military??
Thank You
Chris


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can anyone identify this buckle.
Thank You
john tobia


John, Your buckle dates to the Spanish-American War. I used to have one just like it in my collection until I sold it off a couple of years ago.
Hope this helps.
Steve Warren
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Found this while walking on the coastline of Washington State, Its thin as tinfoil, lightwieght and nearly impossible to bend, Can anyone Identify this
Thank You
joe
This sounds very much like the material that the U.S. Air Force recovered in Roswell, New Mexico back in 1947. It was spread out over a large debris field. Several large pieces were found, and like yours it was almost impossible to bend. Can you crinkle yours up in your hand, and does it return to its original shape? If so you may have a piece of an extra-terrestrial, (ET) space ship. Much like what the U.S. Air Force denied existed days after they had stated they originally had found. You my friend may have found the rarest artifact on this info page! But, just don't tell the government you have it, or those guys in the black suits might be knocking on your door and confiscate it. Enjoy it while you have it. It looks like a real conversation piece.
Thanks, KT


KEVIN SAYS: I would rather not comment on the possibility of you having a hunk off the front fender of ET's ride, but didn't the USS ACRON airship go down around that area? I have heard that on several occasions components of that airship have been either washed up or snagged by fishing vessels all up and down the US west coast.
I understood that there was a lot of aluminum (and probably magnesium) used in its construction
. Good luck with your research.
Kevin
LUCAS SAYS: If it has magnesium & any age to it, forget that angle. Ask anybody who has restored a Spitfire made with magnesium alloy rivets. It corrodes badly & fast.


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I acquired these buttons from my grandmother who once worked in a fabric mill calle Stryer's in Old Town Maine. They are just a few examples of a vast hoard of all types of buttons. Any help identifying them would be greatly appreciated
Thank You
M. Hatt Matthew Fanning SAYS: The button (with the coat of arms and 30 KR) ? looks like it was made from a coin- 30 kroner: could be danish or swedish in origin.


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This item was found in New Kent, VA. Would appreciate any infomation you can provide. It is 13mm X 13mm, 3mm thick.
Thanks John
Hi John, this thing could be a coinweight ( Münzgewicht we say in Germany ) This coinweight has the exact weight as the coin has, this was used to check if coins are original or fakes. Know you must find in internet or coinbooks the picture of your coinweigt :-) Then you know who, where, when, what..... .o) I think it dates back to 16 or 17th Century.Good luck, Thorsten


Jim and Diana Say: That looks extremely old, probably 16th or 17th century, maybe older.I would see what the folks at Williamsburg know about it.

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I found this with my metal detector at a old shot gun house in south ga.
I don't know how old it is but i did look up lucky mule trace chains on the internet and there was a site were three other people had found one of these and did not know how old or what this item is.
Around the coin it says the chain prod. company Cleveland OH

Can anyone help me find out what and how old it is. Thanks for any help you can give
Ben


LUCAS SAYS: I'm from n. AL originally & had 1 of those. It was just an advertisement give away.

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This was found in a school yard and was wondering if anyone knows what it is and how old
Thank You Joe


Emmanuel Francois says: the small coin with 'napoleon III empereur' - that's a french coin from the second empire (somewhen between 1851 and 1870) there should be a 'x francs' or 'x centimes' mention on hte other side and maybe a date

LUCAS SAYS: I have a coin almost exactly the same. He was appointed emperor of the Netherlands. Mine is dated 1854 I think(it is in a shadow box & hard to see right now)

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This was found at an old home place. can anyone tell me what it is and how old
Thank You Joe




Rob Langdon Says: The item you have listed is a Texas-style saddle skirt ornament, and probably dates to the Civil War. I can send you a photo if you would like. They were also occasionally seen as saddle blanket ornaments as well.
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ANY IDEA WHAT IT IS MADE OUT OF AND VALUE. BOTTOM MARKED 3740 DIEGES & CLUST MAKERS. SIXTH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD MEET MAY 19 1923 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.. THANKS

KEVIN SAYS: Your trophy could very likely be made of white casting metal (so don't drop it, because it cannot be welded or soldered back), and silver plated. This has been a long practiced means of making inexpensive trophies and awards. It would be sand-cast, polished and then silver plated.

The numbers on the bottom probably refer to the model or style of the cup, and the makers.
Cheers. Kevin


Eric Wilson say: Shalom,

I do not know about this Cup.However it may be a item or patent number from Dieges and Clust Allow me to 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.

T

he 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.There was however one cup that Molly Brown had made and that was for Captain Rostron and the Cunard Lines Which is in a museum in England that was also made from Dieges and Clust.so I doubt it is cheap medal.

Dieges 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; vTitanic Enthusiast

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My friend found this horse some time ago on a beach on the south coast of England...He used a metal detector and believes it is pewter

It has evidence of some sort of soldering at the back, the horse is coming through a flower or leaf and the bit in its mouth is separate but fixed.

I am very interested to know what it could be....any ideas?

Many thanks
Diana


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This button was found in a C.S. camp but i need thelp to try to identify it.

A silver Louisiana coat button and a virginia coat button also were found close by along with several flat buttons.

This button is a cuff with no back mark just some little slash marks the best that I can tell. It has a bust porfile on what looks to be a stone of black glass, The side of the button has a wave style to it. Any Help would be of great help.

Thank You
Tim


Carleton Jones says: I found one on a pre war U.S. camp. It was jeweled but no bust. They were also popular post war. Hard to nail the period down because most are not back marked. I would say if you found it with cw period artifacts , it would be from that time or earlier. It is one type of button that often gets no interest.

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found this token in Southeast Michigan, Can anyone identify

Thank You
JAMES DETROIT MI.


Could be a token from a old german restaurant in I believe Port Clinton Ohio. Ed Meyer

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Hi there! I wouldn't be so curious about this if it didn't have the keyhole in the center. It really is a keyhole cutout, it does not appear to have been a jewel or anything else in the center. It is on a piece of leather and it has a patent date of 1858 on it.

Nothing Masonic matches and I can't find any info about an emblem or insignia that has a keyhole in it, much less incorporated with the Maltese Cross. Any ideas?
Thanks so much for your time
Susan Morrow,


MARCUS SAYS: Check Francis A. Lords Volume II Page 202, Civil War artifacts book. Trunk clasp, Prices Patent, November 2, 1858. Another of these was found in General Hancock's bivouak at Brandy Station, Virginia. It went on a lether-covered officer's trunk. (picture of the metal maltese cross without the leather is in this book)

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I found this button in an old park where I have also found late 1800 coins and WWI buttons.

I am pretty sure the three initials on the bottom are RSG. The only button I could find in a book that had a similar looking eagle was a confederate button make in France.

Any help would be appreciated.

Louis Linn
Fletcher, NC

Mike Says: I can tell you that this is a British Army button worn by the Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) which was a Scottish cavalry regiment. The regiment took part in a famous charge at the battle of Waterloo hence the battle honour Waterloo.
This pattern of button was worn from 1877 to amalgamation.
This regiment exists today as the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards having amalgamated with the 3rd Carabineers Hope that this is of interest to you.
Kind regards Mike


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MY NEIGHBOR FOUND THIS IN THE SAINT JOHNS RIVER=PALATKA FL.
Can you Identify
THANK YOU.
GENO

Rob Langdon says: I am pretty sure that is a water jug with a brass spigot on it, and probably dates to the mid 1800's, or a little earlier.


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Indian found in Southeastern Michigan cemetery 10 miles south of Detroit.
is about 2 inches tall by 3 inches wide and solid.

Both the indian and the dog are made of lead.

The inidan hods a spear and I believe it may have come from a home made father and son kit popular in the 1920's..

The Scotty dog found in SE MI is about a inch long and one forth high but hollow
Any One know the Date and Company on these finds.

Thank You
JAMES DETROIT MI.


Tiffany Jones says: The dog is game piece from Milton Bradley game monopoly.

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I have a pair of shoulder boards of a very unusual insignia rank of Major. The branch of service is orange.The measurements starting from border to border are 42mm x 100mm boarder is 11mm wide.
I have not seen one like this. I cannont identify if this is an original and if so to which era it might belong to.
I would appreachiate any help one could give me.
Thank you
Skip


Wendall Says: This is a Confederate staff officer's button

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This button is very strange to me. I recieved this button as a present when I bought an original M1840 whristbraker with no maker mark..
After many years of search I could find none like this one. I have seen many similar and with 11, 12 14 sourounding stars but none with 13.
This button has no maker mark and to me it remains a mistery. It measures 25mm.
Any advise would be very appreachiated.
Thank you
Skip


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Here I have a CS belt buckle that was missused on a cartridge box. The cartridge box was definitive not original.
This buckle seems to be weard as a replica and as an original as well. Deep research gave me no satisfaction.
If someone could help me to identify this item I would be very thankfull.
It measures: 82mm x 51mm
Thank you Skip


wilson6124@sbcglobal.net Says Confederate states belt buckle, see antique roadshow, worth lots.

MARCUS SAYS: Be wary of this buckle, pretty sure that it is a poor reproduction that was made in the '60s or '70s for reenacting purposes and Civil War interest revival. The fact that it was found on a reproduction cartidge box, and that it is a buckle not a cartridge box plate, shows that the person who put it on there didn't know what he was doing and also a reproduction. The buckle itself is meant to represent a stamped brass plate that old timers used to call a Breckenridge.

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Need to know what kind of buckle this is. It was found in an area that dates back to the early 1800's in Texas
Thank You


MARCUS SAYS: What you have here is the left hand piece of a two piece tongue and wreath buckle, in the picture actually holding it upside down. The laurel wreath pattern was common during the Civil War period on sword belts. Have not been able to identify the exact buckle yet. Most wreaths have the slot in a horizontal format versus this vertical one.

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Please could you identify this copper stud. I found it on the beach at Port Charlotte, Islay on the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. It measures 17x15x20mm deep. Anyone any ideas?
Many Thanks
John.


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This button was in a box of Civil War Era buttons I acquired at an Estate Sale. Any information as to what it is would be very much appreciated.
Thanks
Dennis


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This was found by a detecting buddy Bill on the river thames in london,
I realise it's not that old but it would be great to find out what it is, no one that has seen it has any idea what it is.
Best Regards
Pat Barnett

Plasty892 has identified this as a marijuana leaf grinder.

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Hello Everyone,
This was given to me and I was told it was made in the 1938's and that was it. I don't even know what to call it. I search online for many years now and still nothing. Can any one tell me what this it? or what you would call it? maybe I can start from there. PLEASE!!!

On the back it says "Would you please hold the picture in a vertical position when winding up and playing back the musical box. Made in Germany" It stated that in English and 3 other different language.
Any help would be great./b

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Found East of Pittsburgh area. Heavy metal not magnetic. Feels lead but husband says cast iron or pewter.
Can You Identifify
Thank You Tammy


ROBERT LANGDON SAYS: The item you have posted is either a poorly done cast of or the backing from a 1950's vintage Pontiac Chieftain emblem.

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Gentlemen,
I have this gold medal which has a date of 1917, Hotchkiss vs Pawling and a picture of a track runner. On the back it has inscribed "Pole Vault". In small print it also has XX Gold and the name of Dieges & Clust.I was wondering if this medal has any value? Could you pleas advise me about this medal? Attached is a picture of the medals front.
Thanks Paul

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My ten year old son found this buckle in our back yard in the first hour of using his new metal detector. The markings on the back are very faint but can be read as N.S. Meyer, Inc. New York. Does anyone know what BMI means

BMI stands for Black Military Infantry also Black Militia Infantry. When Blacks were allowed to serve in the army after lincoln freed the slaves. Unsure which unit it is from but it is one of New Jerseys many volunteer infantry regiments. New Jersey had 40 black volunteer Infantry Regiments. my email is kgrice1@nc.rr.com

Another Possibility Bordentown Military Institute Founded in 1881, the Bordentown Military Institute operated as an independent military school in Bordentown, New Jersey, for 91 years. In 1972, it merged with the Lenox School in Lenox, Massachusetts. Bordentown/Lenox was in existence for only one year, however, closing its doors completely in June 1973. In the late 1980s, the inactive BMI Alumni Association re-formed and began scheduling biennial reunions. Since then, the Association has grown in numbers and scope, thanks to a dedicated alumni board and extremely valuable volunteers. Word-of-mouth connections and the Internet have also contributed to its resurgence, as have numerous people who have stumbled on the Web site and have been "found." Although the formal entity that was once BMI has gone, its spirit is very much alive. See the link below for more info. BMI Military SchoolHappy Hunting!Joe Carelli


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I recently found this belt and buckle among some old things. Buckle has an eagle along with 13 stars and the words e pluribus unum on the front and the back is marked N.S. MEYER. INC. NEW YORK. Searched around and can't seem to date it or even tell what branch of the military it's from.
Thank You.
Corey

KEVNIN SAYS: The style is similar to ones dating back to the Civil War but N.S. Meyer primarily was making insignia during WW II. My guess would be that this was probably a private purchase by an officer to go with a dress uniform in the 1930s or 40s.
Kevin


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Hello,

This was found among many British War of 1812 button but as of yet, no one seems to know what it is. Any help would be great and thanks in advance.
Shasta


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Hello,

Found by myself a few years back in Niagara on the lake, Ontario, Canada. It measures about 16mm in diameter and reads 'Nassau British Militia' on the front, with the back being blank. I do know that this area was called Nassau County before 1793 if this helps. I am just wondering what it is from and if rare. Even maybe a rough value if possible too. Thanks in advance!!
Shasta

The button appears to be what you say ... An early Canadian Militia Button. This info is from one on the Lincoln Regiment's Sites ...

" Butler's Rangers were officially disbanded in 1784, but soon afterward in 1788, British officials organized the Nassau Militia, named thus because the region was called Nassau County.

Military service was compulsory for males between the ages of 16-60 unless you objected for religious reasons.

The Nassau Militia was a military presence here from 1788-1793.

After that, the region was renamed Lincoln county, and the militia's name was converted to Lincoln Militia. "

All the best -
Tim Burt,
Hamwic House,
Fergus, ON, Canada


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Hello,

This ring I found in one of our Public parks (so happens its called Central Park), during WW2 there were a lot of Americans stationed nearby all here in preparation for the Normandy Landings. Plymouth is a naval city and it was a common sight many years ago to see sailors in uniform but sadly because of the times we live in and security reasons this no longer happens. The tragic events at Slapton Sands only a few miles from us, when preparing for the invasion, also had a great number of US marines and leave would have been taken here in Plymouth,Plymouth being the nearest large city.

I know this is a Coast Guard ring but does anyone know from what period it may be from??

I look forward to hearing from you

RegardsJohn

This is NOT a Coast Guard Ring but one of the United States Maritime Service. It would be World War II vintage. Like the UK Merchant Navy, the US Merchant Marine is made up of civilian merchant mariners, but during WWII, it came under the War Shipping Administration. (Some additional history can be found at: http://www.usmm.org/usms.html.) The ring was probably lost by a merchant marine officer or rating as he rolled around in the park on liberty, perhaps prior to the Normandy landings!

Vestiges of the USMS still exist, at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, operated by the US federal government, as well as at some of the US state maritime academies.
Respectfully,
Eric Wallischeck


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Hi im hoping someone could help me identify these badges as i spoke with a military museum, a local archeaologist and a local historian and all they can tell me is there old. That I know. I had just bought a metal detector and my neighbour said i could detect his yard i found these badges in a town close to Niagara Falls .

I know in the area there was the battle of slabtown and the building of the old canal happend in the 1800's . The one badge is a Maple leaf with swords going through it a bible in the center with clasped skeletel looking hands in the pic its with the maple leaf upside down which would make you think its not the right way but the bible says Holy Bible. if you put the leaf right side up the writing on the bible is upside down.

The second badge I think could be masonic as it has the all seeing eye at the top it has a chain going around it with the bible in the center and the letters O.C.H.C or O.C.C.H depending which way you read it

The third badge has a beaver on a log with the letters S.K.C it looks to have had a ribbon attached at some point again thank you for reading this and hopefully someone can help

Sincerly nboyd

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I am hoping you can help me identify this metal I found in my Father's things after he died. Neither he or his father served in the military.
Any suggestions?

Thank you.

Kay Buckles

Hello Kay, Many dealers as well as collectors mis-classify this medal as being G.A.R. or if you may not know these initials, Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR being the first veterans organization formed after the Civil War in 1866. Many GAR veterans belongings, have been found to have these medals, in amongst GAR re-union medals, and GAR membership medals and pins. This is why many believe them to be GAR given. However this is not the case. This medal was given to many GAR members who belonged to the Masonic Order. Thus being a Masonic bestowed medal to fellows who just happened to be GAR members. This is also another branch of the Masonic Order. I currently own one with a suspension enameled bar with a lodge name and number. If this belonged to either your father or grandfather then chances are, they belonged to the Masons. I hope I answered your question. Thank You, Kent Theurich Old Bridge, NJ

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I dug this about a month ago, but haven't been able to identify it it yet. Can Anyone help

Thanks,

Rob

Hi,It looks like an older version of the S.U.N.Y. Maritime College Crest. It is still used in an updated version on cadets dress hats etc. You might ask the college museum.http://www.sunymaritime.edu/About%20Maritime/Style%20Guidelines/index.aspx Capt. Thomas Steinruck ‘78

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pin found with civil war or earlier items in Va river. it is about 1.5 inches and looks like two clovers and a stalk

Need help identifying

Thanks, William


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While detecting with my new Ace 250 I found this metal object in the shape of a bowl, I think it's copper? Any help in identification would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks, Gary


It looks like someone's attempt at forging an ingot from copper ore to me.
Ron G

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This is a skeleton key that was given to my husband for me. I am not sure any of its back ground, age, or what it was used for but would like any insite on how I can find out if no one knows?

Thank you,

Desiree Miller

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Hi i got this button in a huge bag of antique buttons. any idea what it may be? its heavy solid metal. any help would be great.

thanks krystle

Rob Says, I have just about exhausted my resources trying to find info on your button. Information on this backmark is rather sparse, but what I did find out is that the "L" stands for Leavenworth, the "S" stands for Spencer.

Leavenworth/Spencer manufactured mainly civilian buttons from 1835-1839. Not sure what Sperry represents. Hope this helps some, and perhaps provide you with a good starting point for further research.

Good Luck, Rob

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Found this pin down on a farm in Florida. Can anyone help me identify this.

Thank You,

Mark Stratton

Rob Langdon Says I think what you have found is a very nice Patriotic straight pin proudly displaying the Great Seal of the United States. I don't believe it represents any particular organization, as the Great Seal can be found on everything from cuff links to coins to pocket watches and cigarette lighters. None the less, it is a very nice pin.

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I found this coin in pennsylvania in the dirt about 5 inchs in the down.I was wodering how old this coin is. And how much it is worth.

Thanks Mike

Hi Mike, Your token is a 1939 World's Fair - New York advertising token. Tokens promoting tourist attractions in New York were marked "Souvenir Of New York State." Tokens advertising business and supporters of the fair were marked" Souvenir New York World's Fair."

Hope this helps some, Rob

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Can Anyone Identify this??

Thanks Joe

Ellinas says This is one of two characters in Greek theatre. Comedy and Tragedy. You have Tragedy


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Going through my fathers collection of buttons, and dont want to clean anything until someone can help valuate these buttons.

Thank You

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

Hello, I thought I could help you out a little here. The item on the bottom, in the middle is not a button, it is part of an old hand saw from the 1800's. It held the handle to the blade. I found one in my front yard and googled the name on the front. Mine was from 1860's. Hope this helps!
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Going through my fathers collection of buttons, and dont want to clean anything until someone can help valuate these buttons.

Thank You

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

RAY SAYS: Just stumbled onto the Tom's treeasure website and saw your posting. The bottom two pins are Cub and Boy Scout badges. The one on the leaft would have been earned by someone who attained the rank of Bobcat while the one on the right is the Boy Scout Symbol. Hope this helps.
Ray

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Going through my fathers collection of buttons, and dont want to clean anything until someone can help valuate these buttons.

Thank You

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

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Going through my fathers collection of buttons, and dont want to clean anything until someone can help valuate these buttons.

Thank You

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

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Going through my fathers collection of buttons, and dont want to clean anything until someone can help valuate these buttons.

Thank You

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

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I was wondering if anyone knows where this belt buckle is from and who would have worn it. I found it in southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Thanks in Advance

John Wright identifies the buckle as:
Victorian Canadian Forces general service buckle worn by other ranks C1881-1902


KEVIN SAYS: This is a one half of a "tongue and ring" military belt buckle that was used by the Brits and the Canadians. This one is a General List buckle for an Other Rank and is Victorian judging by the crown. Normally the ring portion (or annulus) would have one of the Royal Mottos - typically : DIEU ET MON DROIT.
Regiments, both Canadian and British would have buckles made fitting the regimental patterns, with unit badges and mottos.
The ORs belt loops were designed to probably take a 2 inch belt, and the officers, who's buckles were much more ornate would be about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inch.

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I'm submitting these two items for possible identification. My Dad found them somewhere in the Northeast, probably New Jersey...while metal detecting..I have since inherited them after he passed away..along with TONS and TONS of other military type buttons, pins, all of which have not been cleaned as yet..as I am unsure about causing damage if I attempt to clean any of them. I am assuming they are some sort of pin or acrutrament for a lapel, shirt, uniform ...etc. Hope someone can help on these. thank you for your help.

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

BRIAN SAYS: Your US/NJ/114 button appears to be off of an army dress uniform of someone belonging to the 114th Infantry Regiment of the NJ National Guard. History of the unit here:

http://www.1-114infantry.org/114%20lineage.htm

Take care!

Brian

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I'm submitting these items for possible identification. My Dad found these somewhere in the Northeast, probably New Jersey...while metal detecting.. Hope someone can help on these. thank you for your help.

Rick Perry

Ft Worth Texas

Thank you in advance for your help.

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A bit light to be metal but it seems to be. Definite corrosion. Some of the text readable but most too small and damaged. John Quincy Adams. Back has a sort of mini bio. Son of 2nd pres. anti slavery... something to foreign countries. Something after pres. Abolitionist... and text I cant make out without cleaning further. Front is his pic. Seems it might have been coated or electroplated originally. What can anyone tell me? Thanx in advance. Found in a 1750's house site so it could be from ANYTIME.

Thank you in advance for your help.
W A Collette


Mfortsmith8 Says: they made one for all the presidents at that time its from the 30s. i found two of them. one right on top of the ground beneath some oak leaves. look up cracker jack tokens

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Can anyone give us an idea of the value of these tokens

Thank you in advance for your help.
Tony
Rob Langdon Identifies both:

1. Greetings, The gasoline token is a 1933 COP (century of progress) World's Fair Token held in Chicago. Although it makes no mention of the token, you can visit the World Fair History page at:
http://www.chicagohs.org/history/century.html
It's a fun read anyhow. But, that is where that token came from and its value is around $ 10.00 - $12.00.

2. The other token is listed as number HS 1868-7 in Sullivan's Book on Political Tokens. It is a relatively scarce Seymour-Blair Democratic campaign token from 1868. The front pictures the candidates with the date, while the back says General Amnesty, Uniform Currency, Equal Taxes and Equal Rights In excellent condition, the price would be in the $ 60.00 range. Hope this helps some, Rob


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This round civil war buckle has "253" stamped on the back. Can you Identify this and give a idea of value,

Thank you in advance for your help.
Tony


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Greetings. I am trying to find the history and value on a piece I’ve had for years but am unable to find any information on the company where it was made. I have a medal, it seems to be copper/bronze although stamped on the back it says plated. It was made by Dieges & Clust and while there is a vast array of information on the internet, information on this particular company is scarce. I’ve enclosed a picture of the medal that doesn’t do it justice. Any help or direction that can be given in identifying this piece would be great.

I apologize for the quality of the picture, it was taken by cell phone. The medal is about the size of a silver dollar and there is a man holding 2 laurel wreaths and 2 runners advancing, such as in a race.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Margaret Finn


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Can you tell me the value of this I found this near the Atlantic

Thank You Tim from NC

The item you have scanned in for identification is a Mexican Pillar dollar, as for what it might be worth, that depends on the quality and rarity. You can look on ebay under world coins and see what they are selling for on average and that should give you and idea. This is an 8 reals, a fraction of a pillar dollar

Hope this helps..Michael A. Furman,SSgt,USAF,Ret

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Hello Friends,
While metal detecting an old homesite I found what seems to be legs to an antique pot belly stove. I brought it home thinking my wife would like it. The only warking I could find on it is "20F". It is cast iron, not too heavy, with a base of about 18". I know it is from a stove, but I would like to know what kind, manufacturer, and most of all a date. Having the date will help me identify and date other finds from this site.
Thank You Jason


Greetings Jason,
I believe your stove base is from a Loth's "Hotblast" cylindrically shaped coal stove. They were made in Waynesboro, Virginia and date to around 1900. The numeric designation on the base refers to the size: in your case "20 inch diameter" The alpha character ( in your case an "F") usually designated the stove model. The rectangular section on the bottom housed a "cinder-box" which slid in on tracks.
Thanks for sharing your find,
Rob
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Hi,I found the item in the image when I was a kid and just hung on to it. Well, it resurfaced recently and I am trying to find out what it is. I found it in Michigan. It appears to be either silver or lead as it is soft. Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, John Mozurkewich.


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Hello. I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about this button ? I've searched and searched, but always come up empty. I have two of them, and found them both in central new york. The front has the eagle with a shield, and on the back it reads " The Austin Co. Providence,
R.I. Thank you. TOM


The button you have is from ww1, the picture looks like the button is very dull and in bad condition, but good job with the great find.
Terry
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My grandfather's military metal. Don't know if this is from WWI, or American Legion.
Information on him:

Name: Mervin Ellis Wright

Born: July 1, 1895, Kingston, MA.

Died: January 23, 1972, Port Charlotte, FL.

Enlisted: 19 Jun 1916, Cambridge, MA. 8th Infantry. Re-enlisted: 9 Jul 1919, Fort Andrews, MA. Discharged: 8 Jul 1920. Honorably discharged as Sargeant, Quartermaster Corps. Unknown when he joined American Legion, but was part of Mattapan (MA.) Post 128, eventually as Post Commander. As for the years, I can only guess late 1940's probably though the 1950's.

Info on metal: Top band: A.N.U. - U.S.A.,6 color ribbon, Eagle holding 6 crown shaped points in circle middle of circle: A&NU Photo attached
Any help greatly appreciated.

Paul Wright

ROB LANGDON SAYS: I suspect that your Grandfather was a member of the "Army and Navy Union of the United States of America" which was founded in 1886 and is believed to be the oldest veterans' organization in America. You might be able to find some additional information by visiting their website at : http://www.armynavy.net/index.html

I hope this helps some, Rob

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Bienevidos All, Would like to know if anyone could help me in identifying these two pieces, Both are solid bronze and heavy, I have seen replicas of the PAN diety designed as ashtrays, though the ashtrays were always plate over white metal and also had a place for a cigarette....these are neither plated nor do they have the indentation for cigarettes. Any and all help would be appreciated. Oh, BTW, the PAN one hand initialed M.R. on the obverse. The other one has no markings
Ed Meyer


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Found this buckle in a bottle dump any help identifying would be appreciated
KEN


CHRISTIAN SAYS:It looks very like the insignia of The Knights Of Maccabees, a fraternal organization of the late 19th and early 20th century. Hope this helps. Regards, C.M.

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I purchased this button at an auction in Minnesota and know nothing about it. I don't have any button books and have tried to research it on the internet, but have had no luck locating others like it. Thanks in advance for your help!
KRIS

ROBERT LANGDON SAYS : Hi Kris, I am pretty sure that your button is an early University of Oregon blazer button. The duck was, and still is, the school mascot. You might try contacting the University's Information Line at (541) 346-1000 to see if they can provide you with more information or direct you to someone who can.
Good Luck,Rob


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This was found in a field by a farmer. no one seems to know what it could possibly be. Any help would be appreciated!! It is solid plastic, when held to a light you can see the outline of a black square inside the block. it is 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. it is 3/4 inches thick. It weighs .28 pounds. it was in a pouch that looks like carhardt coat material with velcro straps. The straps are 6 inches long. there are numbers in the bottom : 1202K smaller numbers and 212976 larger numbers. It is not magnetic.
Thanks for helping!!

Rob Langdon Says: I must say that this one has me stumped! However, I printed a copy of it off and showed it to people around the office, friends, old timers, etc., and while most of them were baffled as well, two of them, on separate occasions, said they remembered something like this being used by either electric company or telephone company repairmen back in the early 1950's. Neither were sure of its purpose, but suggested that it was used in troubleshooting somehow. So, maybe an old-timer telephone man or lineman could shed some additional light on it for you.
Thanks for sharing,
Rob

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I found this old ring , It is heavy medal does not look like gold but is brassy. and no signs of tarnish. even though it was in the dirt. The magnet does not stick to it. It appears to have had a oval dark green setting , as there is traces of dark green. The Shield is on both sides and no markings, and a solid back. Northeast Texas
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I have a find that I really would like to know more about. I am sending you a scan of a religious medallion I found in Germany in 1988. I found it near a small very old town situated about 30 miles south of Stuttgart near the Neckar River. The location I found the medallion in has a very old history entailing Celtic habitation and later Roman Army occupation. I made many very good finds there. I have shown the medallion to many people and some have suggested it may be from the Byzantine or Religious Crusader Era. It may be? But, I just don't know. It appears to be made of bronze. It is 4mm or 5/8 inch in diameter. It appears to have been cast rather than struck. It seems very hard to find any information on this piece, probably partly in part because it is so far from the location I dug it. I am now in Kentucky. I ask you to post the scan on your site and hopefully someone may see it and will be more knowledgeable and can tell me more about it. Thanks for everything
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Found this in an area that was involved with cival war history, but is now a city park along a creek. It seems to be cast and depicts an Eagle or Falcon looking to the right. There is clear evidence of where there used to be a right wing and the bottom half. The size of the item above is about the size of a quarter.If anyone can help, please let me know. I would also like to know what the rest of it might look like.

Rob Langdon says: I am almost certain that your item is either a screw or threaded rod escutcheon used in place of washers on wood cook stoves made by Eagle Stove Company, and probably dates to around 1881 or so. Although Eagle Stove Company's logo looked more like a gargoyle than an eagle, decorations of this sort were also used as finials on their coal burning stoves as well.

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This is a button I dug in Augusta GA can anyone provide info,
Thank You Jimmy


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This is a button I dug in Augusta GA can anyone provide info,
Thank You Jimmy

Hi Jimmy the three buttons in the second picture are buttons from U. S. Army Class A Uniforms. the one on the left is contemporary probably 1985 - present, the middle and right are earlier, I am not sure but I think the one on the right may be WWII. The item on top looks like Army brass decoration to me that would be worn on the lapel and the cross rifle would be Infantry. Are you sure this is a button.

Hope this helps.

Ron


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This is a beer bottle I dug in Augusta GA can anyone provide info,
Thank You Jimmy


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ROB LANGDON SAYS With regards to your beer bottle, a valuable resource for identification is the Beer Bottle Library at: BEER BOTTLE LIBRARY

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This is a pin I dug in Augusta GA can anyone provide info,
Thank You Jimmy


CINDY SAYS: It is a Vintage Pin Singer Sewing Stylemaker Contest Qualifier Award Pin, they sell on ebay for about $10.00
"Qualifier Award" for the "Singer Teenage Dressmaking Contest."
Happy Hunting!
Cindy

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Hello, Does anyone out there know if the shield on this brooch/pendant has any significance? Thanks , Terri Williams

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have this object that I have not been able to identify. It weighs 50grams, measures 52mm across, 54mm top to bottom and the edge varies from 3mm to 4mm in thickness. It is not attracted to a magnet. Can someone tell me what is and if it has any value. Thank you

Ellinas says: It looks Greek in origin possibly Byzantine. The left photo depicts the Greek mythology story of the boy on a dolphin. The other side looks more Egyptian to me but I don't think it would be uncommon to have both cultures depicted on one coin since a lot of Greeks lived In Egypt and vice versa. This is just my guess as I am no professional at this. Despina

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Hi, This is an antique toy Indian and I've been trying for days to identify it, I would like your assistance. It is about four inches tall, has one foot forward, and is holding two daggers at the same time. Thank You

Lance says: Hello Friend, your dug metal toy Indian is by the Manoil company, American made circa 1945-1950. It was painted at one time and is cataloged as M-38 in the book by Richard O’Brien titled, “Collecting Toy Soldiers, An Identification and Value Guide.” Hope this helps, Lance


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I have found a brass button in a park from the 40's + era.. The back has five stars on it. The front has a crown and branches up each side.It was found in High River Alberta Canada
Thanks for any help you can provide
Brian Campbell


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I was told this was maybe a pilothouse eagle from around 1850. 7 in. by 7 in. solid brass. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Also looking to sell this item

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I have tried to find out what this medal was, to no avail..Any help would be great...
Thanks,J. Kirke Omaha Nebraska
BRIAN SAYS: As far as I can tell from my limited research, KoKoal was a play on the words Coke and Coal. The Order of Kokoal was a special interest group made up of 'players' in the Coal and Coke industry. They would probably be most closely compared to the lobbyist groups of today. The only concrete mention I could find on the web is here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=N9iE594yCzYC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=kokoal&source=web&ots=_RAJNVh7LU&sig=K9g8vHM_IVGg4V0NfpojjpdJ75Y

It's a Who's Who book of people from Detroit in 1914. The person mentioned worked in the Coal and Coke industry and was a member of...you guessed it, Order of KoKoal. Since there is very little history on it, I would say it was a fairly short-lived organization (but at least 6 years!). The pin you found was probably worn at one of their "convention meetings". Hope this helps!

-Brian Bishoff

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The long looking blade looks like a bowe knife from civil war I think I found a pic just like it on the computer . The bullet is brass and the letters on the bottom say USC AND COM. I think its a military shell from 1863-1926 it still had red powder in it.the other two are belt buckels dont know what era can you help me to identify these iteams to make sure im right
Thanks Robert


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This was found metal detecting on a Nags Head, North Carolina beach where there was a known ship wreck close by I found a silver piece of eight close to this also. Maybe someone out there might have an idea of what this could be.
Thanks Bernie
Greetings, You have found an old U.S. Navy button. Although it is hard to make out all the details on your button due to oxidation / corrosion etc., the button originally had an eagle facing right, with a lined spade-shaped shield with an anchor on it covering part of the left wing, and the whole button was encircled by stars. Without having the button in hand to examine under magnification, it is hard to determine exactly which one it is. Therefore, I suggest that you visit your local library to obtain a copy of Alphaeus H. Albert's book titled Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons: you will find your button on pages 95 and 96.

Thanks for sharing your find,Rob

H.A.R.P.A.



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Can anyone identify this disc a friend of mine found whilst digging.Can you tell me what it is.Is it worth anything.
Thanks. Rob

John Davis says: I'm guessing what you might have there is a union pin or badge. They are normally hands joined in solidarity. This one might be from a stevedore's union


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I have no idea what it is. It is about 20mm across seems to be cast but not sure what is made of.
Pat Barnett


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I found these iteams in back of an old church I know the the two round ones are old musket balls and the belt buckle but what is the other two things can you help me find out what they are
Thanks Bob


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Hello, I found this old button at a thrift shop, I'm not sure if it's Civil War or ?? I tried to research it, but could find nothing to match? Any help would be appreciated..
Thanks, Renee


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My husband found this button while detecting in Okmulgee, Ok. We have done some research but are not sure if we are even following the right "leads".
We welcome any ideas. Thanks :-)

Eric Zipp says: This antique Victorian brass button depicts the crest of Francis I, king of France (1515-1574). The crest depicts a salamander under a crown. Around the rim are the words FRANCOR"REX + FRANCISG.D.C. The back is steel. I doubt you will be able to retire on the proceeds of it's sale… the starting bid on this the item was going for a similar button was going for $16.00… (.. However, I suspect you could get much more if you can document that your button was worn by King Francis I himself… [third button down from the top] ;-).
Thanks for the research challenge. Best regards and happy hunting, Eric S. Zipp



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I found this pin at a Goodwill store today and am trying to find out about it. My camera can't come close to capturing the detail so I will try to describe it also. It's is a pin the back reads "DIEGES&CLUST 23 JOHN ST.N.Y. One the top of the pin in reads "M.O.V. P. E.R then AZ ( then a very large enameled 7) then IM There is a Big Viking head in the middle the red hat is enamel as are the white horns. There is a devil with a pitch fork on either side. Any Ideas? I was trying to do some research and came across your site.Thanks for your help!
Cindy

ED provided the following on your find

Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm is a Masonic order.

The chief moving spirit in the founding of this organization was LeRoy Fairchild. In the summer of 1889 a group of Master Masons, member of Hamilton Lodge #120 at Hamilton, New York, met to organize and hold informal meetings. what this group was seeking was fun and good fellowship. At their meeting on September 10, 1889, they decided to honor the founder by calling it "Fairchild Deviltry Committee." It was decided that this organization be confined to Master Masons in good standing.

The idea of the Order proved to be attractive and many distinguished Masons joined. The Order could no longer be confined to any one locality and in response to imperative request other groups were formed On June 13, 1890 the Fairchild Deviltry Committee duly established and formed the Supreme Council, Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

Its purpose mainly was to add in greater measure to the Masonic fraternal spirit the charm of radiant cheerfulness and to maintain within the fraternity an impetus of royal good fellowship, where in joyous companionship and helpful sympathy shall mingle graciously and become the distinguishing characteristics of the Order.

The late LeRoy Fairchild, who is revered by all Prophets of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm as the founder of the Order, was an earnest, devoted Mason and an enthusiastic believer in the helpful influence of mirth. he loved his Brethren with an ardor of a true Mason and man and always sought to bring joy to their hearts by the cultivation of sunny cheerfulness and indulgence in healthy merriment and joyful laughter. he believed with all his heart that the beneficial influence of Masonry would be far greater if along with the inculcation of sublime moral lessons, opportunities were afforded for the cultivation of a greater spirit of cheerfulness and good fellowship amongst the members than was possible in the Blue Lodge.

A little fill' now and then is the best tonic and the man who occasionally unbends is the man who lasts and gets the most out of life. The Enchanted Realm holds an inexhaustible store of the sunshine which warms with the glow of generous sympathy, dispels the gloom of fret and worry and gives a brighter outlook and kindlier feeling, while it strengthens the fiber for real serious work and so brings true blessings and beautifies the fellowship of the Prophets.

The founding and growth of the Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm is phenomenal in the history of fraternal organizations, and proves that a really good thing will grow on its merits, even if it has no powerful combination back of it to press it to the front.

The Grotto is the playhouse of the craft - the place where world-worn men can get together, forget their cares, and be, as it were, boys again. For within the portals of the Grotto, the stiffness and formality which keeps men apart melts away and they come into closer and truer relationship because of the breaking down of these barriers. In this way the Order is doing a noble job and is a powerful help in the cause of fraternity, for it supplements the work of the regular Masonic bodies with a spirit of cheer which lends a charm and grace to the severity of the more serious work.

For more info check out these links http://www.chamangrotto.org/ , http://www.islamgrotto.com/about.html

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I found this button in New Kent County VA. The front has some kind of bird in the middle with a No.3 at the bottom. JE RENAIS DE MES CENDRES is printed around the outside. The back is plain.
Does anyone know what it is

Rob Langdon says Nice find

Read this Article on the Button



WILLIAM MOORE SAYS: You have a Phoenix button; I and the family of the late relic collector Sam White have one. There is a token book out on the market by Russ Rulow that is helpful. I found mine in Petersburg, VA. In the early 1980’s is was thought that most if not all these buttons were confined to Indian burial mounds of Washington and Oregon states, and the islands of the West Indies. I guess trade found its way east; remember the east coast of America had valuable trade ports. I’m sure with the internet and more people detecting that other locations will produce these buttons. I love the story behind these buttons; get Russ’s book! William Moore
Scott Wolf adds this: There is a lot more to these buttons than stated here. The buttons are found along the West coast in Native American burials and the California mission system. Also some have been recovered from Hawaii. Interesting thing here is that there has been so much interest in these button over the years that it is actually not easy to separate the potential fact from fiction. However, they were made for Henri Christophe I (1767 - 1820) king of northern Haiti and after his suicide (influenced by a coup) the buttons were known to have been purchased by at least one trader that traded up and down the west coast. Emory Strong designated a classification system in 1975 that is still useful today. You have either a Type Is3 or possibly a Type Il3, without a scale it's hard to tell. In 1998 Roderick Sprauge wrote an article concerning the buttons. It is indeed a very neat find, however if the context it was taken from is lost, the potential most valuable data that the button can offer is lost forever. Artifacts are cool, but rather useless when removed from where they were recovered without any documentation available to the public.


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Found this near a possible wreck site. Probably brass and was probably cast.

Weighs 18.7 grams, 49 mm diameter, 1.5 mm thick. Robert Marx looked at it recently after a talk he gave and thought it was old. One side has some relief giving the opposing looking G's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Gary




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Hi there,I do not know really anything about this button except that it looks old and may possibly be a military button of some sort.

I found it in a bag of miscellaneous buttons which I purchased at a second hand store. Please if you have an idea of what it is and whether or not it is valuable I would love to know.

Thanks,Anne in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Based on design, I am 99.9% certain that this is a US Navy button. It doesn't appear to be real old.However, there are several books available that might help to further identify the button, or perhaps a Google search would yield some information.

Good luck, Larry Phillips, HARPA Member


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I found this pin in a park where I've found an 1898 Barber Half, a 1940s Mercury Dime, a 1911 military button, an old Roosevelt Dime and a slew of Wheat pennies. The top of the pin says The Dayton-Wright Airplane Co. Below that is a biplane with the wings sticking out on either side of the pin. There is part of a swivle pin on the back and a circular locking hook that the pin went into on the back. It is slightly bent and made of very strong metal because I can't bend it back. I know the Dayton-Wright Airplane Co. is related to one or both of the Wright Brothers. Any futher info. on this pin would be nice.

Thanks Neil Slaughter

Rob Langdon provided the following info on this find

This Dayton-Wright pin dates back to 1917, and was worn by distinguished members of the Dayton Wright Airplane Foreman's Club.

The Dayton Wright Company was established in March 1917 as a joint venture between some wealthy Dayton investors, inventors Charles Kettering, Edward Deeds, and Orville Wright. The new company was a welcome replacement for the older Wright Company, which had been sold earlier to the Glenn L. Martin Company and moved out of the Dayton area.

During World War I, the new Dayton Wright Company was awarded a military contract to build four thousand DH-4 aircraft for use by the U.S. Air Force. By the end of the war, they had only managed to produced 50% of the order, leaving them financially unsound. They struggled to keep afloat, but on December 20, 1918, they shut their doors forever. They sold their assets to General Motors in February, 1919 who continued operations at the plant until 1923 when the plant was abandoned forever



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I found this in bagdad, ky. in the back yard of an 1830's home near where an old railroad station used to be. any help you can give me on identifying is greatly appreciated.

thanks, Neil Slaughter

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I dug this bracelet? up near a hand-dug well at an old farm in Bedford County, PA. It appears to be made of brass? with twisted copper, beaded copper and silver colored embellishments. Weighs an ounce. I'm curious to find out it's age or origin.

Thank you,

Carolyn




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It is about the size of a dime. About the same thickness too. The front says the letters C S N S at the top. In the middle it has two horses with there front legs up on a sheild. Then there is a bird on the sheild. An eagle I think. Below the horses feet are three ribbons. One under the left horse one under the right horse and one right above the date 1907. The one under the left horses leg I can't make the word out. But under the right horses leg the ribbon reads liberty. Then the third and final ribbon above the date 1907 it says the word independence.

When turned over to the back you'll see 2 marks were I am almost positive on this one that it was a pin. The needle is gone and so are the circular things to hold it. In the very middle it reads like this exactly 14K Then below that it says Dieges & Clust. Then below that it says 1123 Chestnut St Phila.

I think the CSNS stands for confederate states navy. But not sure. I know very little on the company other than they were the Tiffany of there time. They were basically the best gold and silver smith's around. If you could put a value on this or atleast tell me exactly what it is would be great.

Thank You Jeremy




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I found this coin?? in West SussexEengland near pevensey castle but i dont know if its a coin or what the inscription says AUGUSTUS TIDIUIF ? but as you can see its blank on the back except for a round punch mark smack in the middle of it, the coin measures 20mm across.the metal seems to be bronze but i scratched the back to see and its bright silver underneathso not sure if its a copy or the real thing.

hope some one can help

kind regards stephen





I am an archaeologist and I just saw your coin on Tom's Treasures...

From the picture that you have posted it appears that you may have an early roman imperial AES coin.

Below are some details that you may find interesting... enjoy.

"Lead and copper isotopes of Roman Imperial copper coins (denominations as and quadrans) were analysed by MC–ICP–MS. We concentrated on well-dated coins minted at the official mint of Rome under the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius (between 16 bc and ad 37). The lead isotope results were compared with published lead isotope data of ore bodies from the Aegaean, Cyprus, Italy and Spain, in order to fingerprint the sources of Roman copper. During the Augustan period the main copper supply, as judged from the copper coins, is from Sardinia and south-east Spain, with minor contributions from Tuscany. Except for Tuscany, this continued into the Tiberian period, when Cypriot copper also appears. Augustan quadrantes and late Tiberian asses came solely from the Rio Tinto area in south-west Spain. Copper isotopes were applied here for the first time to systematic archaeometric studies. They are supplementary to lead isotopes and allow further grouping and classification of the copper coins."

I suggest you take the coin to a local University that has a Archaeologist that specializes in this part of the world. Good Luck,

Stacey

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This is a sterling medallion with the raised numbers "1776" and a Revolutionary War-looking soldier on the front. On the back is engraved "STERLING", "Dieges & Clust." (which I assume to be the manufacturer) and the address "23 JOHN ST N.Y." The medallion is the size of a half-dollar coin and semi-clover shaped.

Based on its construction and style I would guess it is a centennial medallion from 1876. Any help on dating or history of this piece would be appreciated!

IDENTIFIED BY ROB LANGDON

Dieges & Clust. was founded in New York City in 1898, and later relocated to Providence, Rhode Island. So, your speculation that your find might be a centennial medallion from 1876 is probably incorrect. But, it is still a very nice find!

A more likely scenario:

Your medal was probably made for the Masonic organization called the National Sojourners, somewhere around 1929 or after.

On May 22, 1929, Dieges and Clust were commissioned to design the Hero's Badge for the "HEROES OF '76," a Side Degree of National Sojourners, Inc. - A Military-Masonic Order, and were designated as their only official jewelers. On June 25, 1929, having submitted many prototypes, Dieges and Clust were awarded the contract for producing and supplying the medals.

The roots of "Heroes of '76" can be traced to October 7, 1820 in Circleville, Ohio. There, an author, a Mason, and a historian by the name of Caleb Atwater combined his writing talents with his devotion to Freemasonry and his love of American history, and authored an essay entitled The Patriot Masons of our Country.

During their tenure as the official jewelers for the National Sojourners, they were also commissioned to make other badges, medals, etc.

Hope this helps,Rob


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I have been frantically searching the internet to find out what this bronze item is. I found it after Hurricane Ivan had completely leveled some sand dunes that were hundreds of years old in Destin Florida. I was hunting with a Fisher cz 7a pro.

I can't find anything even similar, anywhere. I found it approx. 24" deep in dry sand where a 60 ft sand dune stood for hundreds of years. It's made of bronze and would appear to have never been part of anything else. There are two sides, and no sign of anything resembling a pace where a loop could be worn off. Even the style of that cross doesn't look familiar.




What you have is a Catholic religous medal representing the Blessed Virgin with the child Jesus , St Joseph and several other Saints. The top of the cross has the P and X , overlaid , or intertwined with each other which is the symbol on the altar cloths of the Church. It could have belonged to a Priest or even a Bishop and may have been inlayed or inset into something. What are it's dimensions ? You could also ask an older Traditional Catholic Priest for a correct identification. A younger Priest would not have clue. Also it undoubtedly came from a wrecked Spanish Galleon of old , lucky you.!! Bud Seney

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I found this coin on Drummond island, Michigan usa and have never been able to id this coin can you help me. The copper coin on the left if the one in question.

Thank you

James cloudman

COIN WAS IDENTIFIED BY ROB LANGDON AS A 1936 25¢ PIECE FROM ETHIPOIA




The coin in question is 25 Cents (Haya Amist Santeem) from Ethiopia.

Obverse: Haile Salassie I http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie_I_of_Ethiopia

Reverse: National Emblem of the Ethiopian Empire

Composition: Copper

The date, below the portrait is based on the Ethiopian Era Calendar, which began about 7 years 8 months after the advent of AD dating.

From left to right, it reads: 10 9 100 30 61900 (10 and 9 = 19 x 100) 36 (Add 30 and 6) 1936 EE (Add approx 8 years) = 1943 / 1944 AD

These coins were actually minted over a number of years, bearing the same date. I would expect your coin is from one of the earlier mintings, it has no doubt seen plenty of circulation in that North African country, judging by the wear. According to the Krause Standard Catlog of World Coins, some 30,000,000 were minted. In this condition, it is worth only a few cents, however, you can be satisfied in knowing that is very well travelled, and a nice find!!!

Regards,Alan Wright,Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada

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This appears to be a safe door, but it doesn't appear to have a key hole, and there are four holes that go all the way through the 'door'. I found it around a very old farm foundation, and there was nothing else found around it. Any ideas as to what it is would be great.

As a 20 year locksmith I identify your find as a mortise lock. Usually installed mortised into the edge of the door, but can be surface mounted. the squqre hole for the knob and spindle and a skeleton key hole far hole to right of picture Terry


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found this item next to an old house next to what used to be the Miami & Erie Canal south of Middletown, OH. Best guess is that the house is circa 1850-1875 and is only about 20 ft from the actual canal. Appears to have been used during the canal days. It is about 1 1/2" X 3/4" and is gold toned on the back. It also has a tab on the back that looks like it may have hung from something. Any ideas?
THANKS!!! Scott G.

Greetings Scott,

We are pretty sure that your item is a Bridle Ornament, dating to the mid 1800's. It was slipped over the Brow Band of a Bridle. They are similar in nature and purpose to the Sportsman Buttons, which were used on individual hunting coats, as well as on some uniform jackets of fox hunting clubs, etc. They generally had some sort of nature scenes, horse figures, dogs, birds, etc. on them, but not always. We have one of these that is similar to yours in size, etc. in our collection. Ours depicts a young dear, cradled in the center of a horse shoe. These were civilian pieces, and are quite rare.

I hope this has helped solve your mystery.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Rob and Larry

Historical Artifact Recovery and Preservation Association


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I found this in the back yard of a 200 year old house just south of Boston, MA. I'd love to know what this is.
Thank You!

Identified by Dale Downing: The item is a part of a National Representative Badge from the Grand Army of the Republic 44th National Encampment that took place in Atlantic City, NJ between September 19th - 24th, 1910
Here is a link to more information about this event.

LINK TO GAR INFO

A complete badge is pictured at the bottom of the page on the left.

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I'm assuming this is brass with baked enamel paint. There aren't any markings that I can see. I found it metal detecting an old farm in Virginia.
Thank You!

Greetings,

I don't know if you have received an identification on your item yet, but it is a souvenir key fob that dates back to the 1940's. Just for fun, click on the link below to see different variations of the fob, as well as to get an idea of its value.

http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=vintage%20arrowhead%20fob&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

Thanks for sharing your find,
Rob


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We bought this button on ebay. It is said to be lost in 1528 by one of the members of Panfilo de Navaez’s expedition which landed there to search of gold. We want to donate it to the Gulf Beaches Historic Museum but would like to know if it really is what they say it is. Any help appreciated. Carol & Don

This button was found on Pass-A-grille Island off the coast of Tampa Florida near the old veterans hospital in 1961 aka The Don Ce Sar Hotel. The button measures ¾” with a large fancy raised Y & a II in the middle of the lower swoop of the letter, with lines radiating out.There is a crown on top & GUARDIA NACIONAL across the bottom. The shank is broken off & is in good excavated condition with just a tiny bit of the lower left edge broken off (but the letters there can be easily read). It has a green & white patina on the front & back

Andres says,

Hi, first sorry for my bad english,your button its a spanish piece (1835-1836),of the Queen of Spain Isabel II,The Guardia Nacional was be a urban militia in this years in Spain and in the Spanish Colonial territory.I send a picture of this button of a spanish military book.That ist all, good hunting....a spanish friend

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Need help with this one. It is of an Eagle and the site dates back to the early 1800's.

The area is now a paved road. Any info would be great appreciated.
Thank You!


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I found this military button on the banks of the San Jacinto River near Galveston Bay in Texas. On front it has an eagle looking left over the anchor & a scroll in right claw. On back, NS MEYER inc. NYC gold rolled front. 13 stars around the eagle
Can You Identify, Thank You Tina C

IDENTIFIED BY ROB LANGDON:
Your button is a 2 piece Navy Button

Order of May 14, 1941

Ref #: NA 121 - A

Ref: Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons

Author: Alphaeus H. Albert

pg: 104

Rob H.A.R.P.A

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I found this badge at Rappahannock Station, Virginia. I also found five New York buttons. Could you identify and date? The size is 2 1/4 inches tall and 2 1/2 wide
.Charlie


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This is a yo-yo I found also in the same area as the bullet above any information would help on it. It was about 7 inches in the ground. The only thing i can see on it is that is says @OTC and that is it hopefully someone will help me I thank you for the help
Thank You, Tammy
Several replies to this 1. OTC is the Oriental Trading Company - still in business - Their name is mentioned at the site below - Sending a sharp picture to a Yo Yo collector (found on the net) or checking eBay for same item would be your best bet. It appears to have a picture of what was probably the trendy kids "character" of that era - similar to spiderman, cabbage patch, pokemon etc.

That wouldn't be an old "Paul Bunion" tin yo-yo on Tom's Treasures by any chance, would it? Probably a yo-yo from the Oriental Trading Company. I would guess that it dates to the late 40's or early 50's



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Here is my find from Fort Story, at Cape Henry north of Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is obviously a U.S. Military Insignia, looks to be made of copper, Can anyone date this find

From Michael at thunderhawl Collectables: I think this is a US Cavalry Rossette, these went on the side of the horses Briddle. From the looks of the attaching tabs, this was probably made in the late 1800's but could possibly be from World War 1 Hope this helps! Michael

This item is a brass rosette used by the US Army on horse harness. These were on the blinders used for horses and mules pulling waggons or artillery. They were used from 1861 untill 1945

Henry Johns

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Please look at this picture of what maybe a James Monroe political badge. I dug this last summer and have not found anyone who can identify this. The word "Independence" is above the eagle and the word "Monroe" is on the side of the man's profile. Thank you for any help.
Don Hale



Jonathan Brecher Says: The item posted at http://www.tomstreasures.com/find.html as a James Monroe political badge is actually a George Washington medal. A better example is pictured at
A BETTER EXAMPLE


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Found this ring in a friends farm field in an area where an old farm house had been torn down in 1947. There is an inscription in the band with "AGE QUOD AGIS" and what appears to be old English initials L.M.S.

Is this engraving familiar to any of you?

Gus

I may be able to shed some light on the ring you found in your friends field. The inscription is an old Latin saying: „Age quod agis” that means "Do what you are doing!” Loosely translated “whatever you do, do it well”. The 1822 inscribed on the top of the ring looks like the date. So, if you have all the initials as well as the date go to your city hall and see if you can look at the census for 1822 for the area and town where you found the ring. More than likely you will find the owner of the ring. Have fun.

Grace Taylor

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I found this relic today at an old home site near Taylorsville, KY. There was allot of troop activity in that area of KY during the Civil War.

I also found a Union Eagle "I" button there on Saturday. I'm not sure what the relic in the attached photo is... Does anyone have any ideas, or ever seen anything like this before?
Don't know what it represents, but somebody on Ebay had six of these buttons up for auction last week! Is that a tease, or what?
Gary N. Wallace

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Can anyone help??
This is very similar to and may be a variation of the US Merchant Marine (Cadet) button as shown in Albert's as GO 26 B, page 288.
Gary N. Wallace

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femetal1.jpg - 9706 BytesI found this at Ft. Desoto in Florida. Someone suggested it might be a rosette. It has a tiny pearl colored ball in the middle of the horseshoe. What is it and is it worth anything?
Thank You,Kelly

We have a relic in our collection that is very similar to yours. Ours is a gold gilded Sportsman's Bridle Ornament, which dates to the mid 1800's, It was meant to be slipped over the Brow Band of a bridle, and was similar in ornamental nature to the more common Sportsman Buttons, which were used on individual hunting coats and jackets worn by members of hunt clubs, etc. Generally speaking, they had some sort of nature scene, horse figures, dogs, birds, etc. on them. Ours depicts a fawn cradled in the center of a horse shoe.

Thanks for sharing your find.

Larry Phillips

Historical Artifact Recovery and Preservation Association

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morgancoin.jpg - 12971 BytesI found this along with a set of puppy paw hooks.Its a new york state button probably pre civil war since I cant find the back of it in any of my button books.

Robert Langdon writes: Your speculation is right on the money. You have found a New York Militia button. There were several varieties of these with different backmarks. It is listed on page 198 in the Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons by Alphaeus H. Albert.

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Found in Fort Smith Arkansas. One toy indian and 20 of these little indian coin things. Was this some type of board game? mike owens

Hey Mike,

I am not sure about the token yet, but the Indian was made by Barclay and is listed as B 98 on page 80 of O'Brien's 3rd edition of collecting American-Made Toy Soldiers.

Thanks, Rob Langdon

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