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    Posted 5 years ago

    Mfrastruct…
    (1 item)

    I don't know much about it. I believe it is bone or antler. Inscription says W. Williams
    Aged 23
    1797

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      From where did you get it?
    2. Mfrastructures, 5 years ago
      Found it in an old barn in the SF bay area California.
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      This might be a rough one to research. I am assuming that 1793 is the death date. What about researching the history of the barn/previous owners? There was no "California" in 1797.

      In regard to the last name of Williams, from Google:

      "Williams (surname) Williams is a patronymic form of the name William that originated in medieval England and Wales. The meaning is derived from son or descendant of William, the Northern French form that also gave the English name William."
    4. Mfrastructures, 5 years ago
      The owner of the barn died several years ago.
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      There should be some sort of city hall public records available in regard to the previous owners of the barn/land. You have to research the area and that barn in particular.
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Any of the former barn's owners could have emigrated from England and put that in storage as it was no longer in use. Perhaps it happened to just get stuck there- lost, for a few decades, forgotten for even longer.

      How old is the barn?
    7. enauta enauta, 5 years ago
      How big is it? Could it be a snuff box?
    8. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      Just a note, the area was called California hundreds of years before it was a state, circa 1530's.

      T A

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