Nobody guessed this one, y'all. Many old trunks, chest and padlocks sported these decorative swinging covers, possibly to protect the internal components from water and dust. The one above was found on a Louisiana plantation site.
This was an easy one for many of you. Civil War saber brass scabbard tip. The end sometimes was referred to as a "sword drag" and this one shows sign of dragging the ground. You can see some of the different types in the antique illustration. This particular example has been identified as a likely French imported Confederate piece. Its provenance lends credence to that identification. It was discovered on the site of a Nathan Bedford Forest temporary camp. Also found in the camp were an early war Memphis Novelty Works / Leech and Rigdon Confederate tongue and wreath buckle and CS side loader 12-pound cannonball. -Sal
Congrats to Ontario Mike and Iowa Dale. They both knew this piece could likely be a trade silver arm band. Y'all know your stuff. Maybe it's because they're more commonly found in your neck of the woods. The cool thing about this one is that Sal found it in the Deep South several years back (early 2000s, so, way before I thought metal detecting was cool). The photo above and information below can be found on XXTradeSilver.com. “Trade silver armbands, worn only by men, were also referred to as arm plates, spangles, bracelets and clasps. They were usually worn just above the elbow, but were made large enough so they could also be worn on the leg. Portraits of18th century Native Americans show
Hey, History Hunters! We know we owe you a spring Virginia 2016 recap, but we're excited to start this weekly series so just get over it and be patient (or check our Facebook page for some highlights). In the meantime, do you know what this found object is? Think it over. Take a guess on Facebook. We'll let you sit in suspense and then reveal its identity Friday. The plan is to post one of these mystery objects each week. Below is a closer shot at some of the faint decorations that can be seen on it. Does that clue you in, or just have you scratching your head? Good luck guessing. -Ash P.S. We're back at it on the Treasure Coast this summer. Stay tuned for treasure news.