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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mystery Item: Can you Figure this one out?

Here is an interesting Item I found at a New Milford estate sale. I am always fascinated by the small items that end up in workbench drawers in basements and garages. It is one of my favorite spots to look in.
 It appears to be brass or copper, maybe cast iron, and it has some ornate icons stamped or cast on either side.
 There is a small screw for attaching it to something and the overall length is about 2.5".
I have an idea, but I want to know what year and specifically what it was used for. Any ideas?


  1. Looks like a flag topper to me. That is an eagle on the other side, right?

  2. My guess would be a brass cover for the valve on a gas lamp. They were common just prior to electricity. Brass won't generate a spark, which would be disasterous.

  3. Replies
    1. You're on the right track Seth...now what scabbard? Where? How? I don't ask for much as you can tell.

    2. M1860 sword scabbard drag, Ames Sword Co., Chicopec, Mass.

      -Don of Tallahassee


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