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Old 04-15-2019, 03:57 PM
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Found this while metal detecting a field that Iíve dug a variety of aged stuff ranging from civil war breast plates and bullets to wheat pennies and buffalo nickels but this find has stomped me Iím hoping someone may have a clue what this came off off. Its a small clamp that when has the circumference close to a Morgan silver dollar. The name on it is Peter Macnab and is made mostly of silver. Iím hoping someone can ID this to come off an old musket or something. okay Iím pretty sure itís not from a musket and missing a piece on the top side of the hinge. Itís also definitely to small to be from a pocket watch or something similar.
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:04 AM
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Greetings from west-central Miss'ippi. No help on the id but cool find none the less. HH

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Old 04-16-2019, 01:36 AM
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Greetings from west-central Miss'ippi. No help on the id but cool find none the less. HH
Thanks! Iím also from Mississippi down here on the coast.

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Old 04-16-2019, 08:00 AM
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is the Piece on top a hinge of some sort.. when I first saw it I was thinking maybe pocket watch bezel or something.. I have no idea but very cool find !

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Old 04-16-2019, 10:13 AM
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I will just guess that it might be a collar rim piece off a powder horn or flask. It's a collar/rim part off of something. Researching the name might be interesting.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:11 PM
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I did a cursory Google search on "Peter Macnab." Got a few hits. One is a writer, one an artist, and one took a somewhat famous snapshot of the Loch Ness Monster. Nothing found otherwise. 1+ on the powder horn rim.

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Old 04-16-2019, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Foragist View post
I will just guess that it might be a collar rim piece off a powder horn or flask. It's a collar/rim part off of something. Researching the name might be interesting.
I definitely like them thoughts I donít know why a powder horn would be in South Mississippi but you never know.
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Originally Posted by SoOregonMd View post
is the Piece on top a hinge of some sort.. when I first saw it I was thinking maybe pocket watch bezel or something.. I have no idea but very cool find !
Thanks it does appear to be a hinge not sure what itís missing.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:12 PM
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MacNab is an unusual spelling of this surname. That might help.
One Peter J. Macnab was 18 in the 1940 Census.Residing in Sherman Oregon.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:16 PM
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I like the idea of a flask hinge. Seems about the right size and makes sense to have a name on it. Thanks for the help guys yíall are awesome.
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Another decent possibility is the band/hinge to an inkwell lid.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ToySoldier View post
Another decent possibility is the band/hinge to an inkwell lid.
That looks pretty spot on to be honest. Thanks! Now if I could only make since of the holes in mine.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by williammhatten View post
That looks pretty spot on to be honest. Thanks! Now if I could only make since of the holes in mine.
I think you're in the ballpark between the inkwell or flask. The holes make me think it was affixed to something wooden or metal and not glass. But the crystal inkwell was the best photo I could find of a similar band/hinge.

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Old 04-16-2019, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ToySoldier View post
I think you're in the ballpark between the inkwell or flask. The holes make me think it was affixed to something wooden or metal and not glass. But the crystal inkwell was the best photo I could find of a similar band/hinge.
I agree thanks for the help Iím gonn take a better look at it when I get back home tomorrow. But I think yíall have given me the best clues Iím gonna get. I wouldnít be as interested in it if it wasnít for the name engraved on it and the possibility of it being civil war related.
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Seems the Id's are getting closer.
I would like to better close up photos of the 'hinge'.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by waltr View post
Seems the Id's are getting closer.
I would like to better close up photos of the 'hinge'.
Okay Iíll try to get a better picture but I am using my phone so Iím not sure how good the quality will be. Will post soon.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by waltr View post
Seems the Id's are getting closer.
I would like to better close up photos of the 'hinge'.
Thatís the best I could get at the moment. Hope it helps I may be able to get a little bit better of a picture when I return home.
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Pipe lid? or cigar tube,
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:40 AM
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Thanks for posting the hinge pics.
The hinge does look very close to the one on the ink well.
Size also seems correct for ink well.

Back in those days ink wells were very common and were carried when traveling.
They were required if one wanted to write.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Scooterjim View post
Pipe lid? or cigar tube,
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Thatís a good possibility as well. Thanks!
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