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    Tiny brass auger (War of 1812 tavern site)

    Hi all, No idea what this is, what it was used for (carpentry maybe?) or how old it is, but I dug this little brass thumbscrew-type auger on my War of 1812 tavern site. Could be late 1700s on up thru 1900's, but I'm guessing based on its patina that it's pre-1880s... could be wrong...
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    Cast iron box stove

    That couldn't be any more spot-on of a representation of the reverse side of a Canadian nickel. Makes you wonder if there is some link to either the sculptor/designer or the mint itself. Very cool find, Steve!
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    The indian head and cloak were really close to each other (less than 2 or 3 feet apart, shallow) and were located nearest to the still-inhabited house with a sandstone foundation, which was a doctor's house. I just found them on Monday. The acanthus leaves and center piece that I first...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    I think we posted about the same time there - yes, it (the piece with the bolt hole in it that I was calling a finial) sure does match! Same construction as the "Two Girls and Deer" one on page 11... modular construction. I'm definitely gonna have to detect more, and/or dig deeper! If I find...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Whoah, that is just amazing, Steve, you nailed it! You should get some kind of a prize for that! Thanks so much for finding those. That girandole is definitely an exact match for those other two pieces - the 2nd piece that I thought was a finial with the bolt hole in it is located right...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Wow, that link to "girandole warrior" is just amazing! Only now have I realized what you were referring to re: the one(s) with the spear. I need to check the back of mine more carefully to see what it might match up with. This gives me even more incentive to get out there and re-check that...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Yep, either they made the shorter one with a musket/rifle to address a design flaw due to it being prone to cracking in half, or the one with the gun is some kind of later modification of an already broken candle holder. Looks like mine is gonna be the tomahawk version. Thanks again, looking...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Assuming that the "Warrior with Musket/Rifle" figure is intact at the very top and not broken, then they probably just re-tooled the top of the mold to cut off the candelabra part at the border where the feather plumage ends and the floral fancy stuff begins. The distinguishing feature on an...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Thank you so much, Steve! I don't know how you did that so quickly, just flabbergasted! I will look carefully to see if I can figure out whether it is the tomahawk-bearing candle holder or the rifle-toting Powhatan. Will report back to you soon with my best guess.
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Unbelievable! I don't know how you do it, Steve! That is just amazing!
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    Button Help Please.

    I agree, and I really geek out on the historical maps, aerial photograph and historical accounts. It's just such a fun hobby, and it's also gotten me out into the deep woods off-trail appreciating and learning about nature much more, thinking about how challenging life was for people back then...
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    Button Help Please.

    Very cool, and researching/finding out what the heck they are is equally (or almost equally) rewarding as the thrill of detecting them and digging them up :ROFLMAO:
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Thanks, Steve! That croc and porcupine button is definitely a great example. Like you mentioned, those plumed feathers jogged my memory. I've been googling around a bit too for brass/bronze items but still haven't found a match yet - thanks for looking around too! Next time I go back to my...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    Thanks, Steve. You are absolutely right on target in your line of thinking. So, just about 15 minutes ago I found this old litho from circa 1870: https://www.loc.gov/item/95507872/ and the similarities to my brass/bronze piece are striking, right down to the bottom fringes of his cloak, the...
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    Another brass/bronze decorative piece(s) from near the War of 1812 tavern site - found this yesterday

    one more pic after a little more thorough cleaning of gilt with lemon juice...
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