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Old 06-18-2019, 08:13 AM
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Default Swords crossed on round disk and an old key

Can you help with these? I found them at an old (mid 1860s) house.
The round item with the crossed sword was found in the same hole with the small round item.
I am guessing it was attached at one time, but that is just a guess. You can see there are threads on it. I believe that the small disk actually threaded on to a threaded shaft that was part of the larger disk (swords disk). In the last photo I placed the one disk on top of the other - it is how I am guessing it should be- but I am not sure.

Also any guess on what the key might have unlocked?
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:34 AM
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Your pin is a color disc and represents cavalry and dates to 1910-1924. Your key is generally associated with railroads.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:12 AM
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WWI Collar Disk
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:15 PM
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Thank you so much for the info. If I understand both of you then this would have been something that was worn on a collar of an actual cavalry soldier in WWI ?
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Originally Posted by CharlieT84 View post
If I understand both of you then this would have been something that was worn on a collar of an actual cavalry soldier in WWI ?
Yep, absolutely. Here's a picture of one properly placed on a tunic jacket:

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Also, this website has some great information that can help date and identify various collar discs/insignia, with additional photos of soldiers wearing them:

Dating Metallic Insignia: Collar Discs

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The key looks like an old railroad switch-key.
Switch-keys were used to unlock a switch box, in which was a lever handle that, when pulled or pushed, moved a segment of track from one track to another, allowing an engine and cars to change routes.
Switch-keys were valuable, and guarded carefully, to prevent pranksters or people with bad intent from switching a track and derailing or de-routing a train.
I used to have three of my great grandfather's switch-keys for the St. Lousi and San Francisco Railroad (SL&SFRR or "The Frisco"), but one has disappeared over the years and I have two left.
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