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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Over 25 years and many hours spent landscaping and digging for one reason or another, I’ve amassed this assortment of iron objects I’ve come across in my yard.
    From tiny square nails, hinges, chains, hooks, a hoe, ax heads, railroad spike, part of a scale, and items I cannot identify, they are little rusty treasures to me.
    I’ve been told there was once a barn here which burned down several decades ago. And prior to the Civil War, this area was part of a town that was torched in Sherman’s march across Georgia to the sea. Going farther back in history, the Native Americans of this area were driven from their homes so those properties could be taken over by White settlers....that horror of US history was called The Trail of Tears. With all the previous inhabitants here, there’s probably plenty more things I just haven’t come across yet.
    I’m reorganizing and cleaning today so decided to share my finds on CW Show and Tell.
    I’m dividing into 2 posts so I can show closeups of my favorites. Here’s Part 1.
    In picture 3 and 4, I would like to know the purpose of this item. It looks like a handle with “OS 64” in raised letters on the inside....but what would it go to?

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 1 year ago
      Are you just finding these items by digging? Or are you actually metal detecting? Got some really cool stuff there.
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      dav2no1, thanks for the love and the comment.
      I’ve found them all simply raking the ground preparing to seed, digging to plant shrubs or to prepare flower beds and vegetable gardening,
      A tornado uprooted many trees on my property a few years ago so lots of dirt was disturbed/brought to the surface and various parts of the property had to be regraded with machinery to relandscape and build new out-buildings.
      I spend most of my time doing yard work; not much escapes me, whether it’s a pretty creature, odd rock or something metallic out of place in the dirt.
      None were found metal detecting, although I keep thinking that I should try that this Winter.
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      fortapache, thanks for taking a look and giving a love!
    4. dav2no1 dav2no1, 1 year ago
      Yeah I keep wondering if you're just finding this stuff raking..... what could you find with a metal detector?

      Maybe your property is the next Oak Island haha
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      dav2no1, I would be overjoyed to find something of value! If I ever do, I’ll be sure to post it. :-)
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      You certainly lucked out with these superb treasures. Barns or near them were always my favourite dig sites and your find is quite spectacular for a garden, good for you !~
    7. Irishcollector. Irishcollector., 1 year ago
      The scales is known as a steelyard and looks mostly complete except for the hanging weight which slides along the arm. A lot were made of iron but some were also of bronze and some had a wooden arm. There are probably numbers stamped along the arm for reading weights.
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      PhilDMorris, I appreciate your comment! It’s so nice to know that, even with your fabulous jewelry and fine items, you still appreciate old rusty crusty iron like this!
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Irishcollector, Thanks for commenting. Yes, there are numbers along the bar, all the way to 200, and tiny notches all along the length of the bar. I assumed mine to be iron like everything else but I should check it more closely- maybe it’s bronze. Would bring bronze account for its lack of rust?
      It would be so special if I someday happened upon the weight! Now that you’ve given me the name, I’ll look that up to see how it worked.
    10. Golgatha Golgatha, 1 year ago
      If you dig deeper, you might even find the skeletons of earlier residents ! Who knows ? Before you know it, you'll hear them howling at full moon !
    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Golgotha, You’re scaring me! I’ll be the one howling if I uncover anything like that....but you never know.....
    12. Golgatha Golgatha, 1 year ago
      I believe I see a coffin nail or two ...
    13. keeno55 keeno55, 1 year ago
      The grappling hook thing might be a boat anchor? The last object look like a lid lifter and ash shaker from an old wood burning stove.
    14. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 10 months ago
      I agree with keeno55! The last picture does look like a lid lifter, having been around wood stoves, that is what I would guess too!
      Patricia, when we moved from the beach ( was a very sad day for my brother and I. As soon as we came of age, both of us moved back to Avila) butI digress. My parents moved to the country, and I use to walk down in the creek bed and find all kinds of things, even pieces of porcelain. Since the Canyon we moved to was founded after my Great Grandfather, I used to wonder if these pieces of plates belong to my ancestors . It’s a wonder what’s under the ground. I also pulled a bottle out of the side bank on the road across from our place. My Dad said there used to be a road and people used to dump things there. ( really?) As a young girl I got curious and dug up close to a hundred petrified clam shells! My Father found a huge whale bone, that in later years, my Daughter took to her College Professor, and he dated these items to be millions of years old. So was someone shucking clams millions of years ago? Blows your mind to think of that!
    15. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Fascinating, Eileen! Those finds of yours and mine are reminders that we are just the latest ‘layer’ of human existence on our old planet.....I imagine that someone someday in the far distant time will come across something of ours and wonder about it’s use or the primitive people (us) who left it behind.
    16. couldbe couldbe, 10 months ago
      you can never have enough old iron .. to make things ,repair things or just fire up the welder and make a work of art....smiling nice post

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