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Old 06-04-2019, 12:24 AM
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Default Brass/bronze item found on old ranch in Southern Oregon

I found this curious object in the tailings of a groundhog hole on a very old ranch/farm. The hollow end is round and smooth. It is not a key. The little bump on the top is not an eyelet. It is solid. Please help me figure this out.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:36 AM
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My first thought is a flag finial. Those are some odd markings on it. Hopefully someone will recognize them. Cool find.

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Old 06-04-2019, 12:43 AM
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Could be. I hope someone can produce a picture that can verify what this is.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:45 PM
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Man, I think those are space alien symbols ... or maybe Native American ?

No clue as to purpose, thought it certainly seems decorative, versus utilitarian.

Next guess ?

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Old 06-07-2019, 08:29 AM
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I am thinking with the eyelet and decorative markings it could possibly be Wind Chime related.. Regardless Nice find !!

Now welcome aboard and where in Southern Oregon are you?

edit: Just re read your post where you say the eyelet is solid.. are you sure it is not just full of Rust?

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Old 06-07-2019, 08:35 AM
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would say it is some type of key. the end seems to be oval in shape which may fit a pin the same shape in a chest lock or such.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:47 PM
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Default Grants Pass

I'm in Grants Pass. That little hole at the top is just an indent. It does not go through.
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:37 PM
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Default Native American?

Not sure about the function of this thing, but the symbols to me look Native American. Or Native American inspired.

The circle with the cross through is a common image and the thing near the socketed base looks like it could represent a horse or deer?

Scroll through this list and you can see the similarities.

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Old 06-25-2019, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by fatmanfinds View post
I found this curious object in the tailings of a groundhog hole on a very old ranch/farm. The hollow end is round and smooth. It is not a key. The little bump on the top is not an eyelet. It is solid. Please help me figure this out.
Cool interesting find. I thought maybe a sheep herders staff top but they usually have an open hook and are larger. Seems to be a finial of some sort maybe: iron fence or gate, weather vane top, curtain rod end, staff or tall walking stick.
Maybe the hollowed out spot held a gem or stone.
Either way great piece.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:58 AM
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is it my eyesight or does the bottom picture look like it has a different metal inside? Very interesting find. Truly amazes me the items this hobby produces.

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