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Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:08:36 AM »
Hi folks,

Well this unusual item came up yesterday whilst I was out detecting. Any ideas what it might be?

Initially I dismissed it as an old tap but on closer inspection it seems much older than that and also too irregular to be mass manufactured.

I looks like it has been cast from a hand made mold. The two ends are ever so slightly convex (almost like a hammer might be) and the base of the T (if we can call it that) is slightly flattened.

It is heavy for its size too. it is 7cm long.

Probably just some old junk but it has a lovely patena and the slight irregularity is intriguing.

I nicked it ever so slightly with my spade and it is shiny bronze / brass coloured under the patina.

So any ideas all you experts out there? Found a wee lead spindle whorl too whihc looks to be pretty old going by what I can see on the web (last pic)









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« Last Edit: January 03, 2019, 11:03:23 AM by Muddy »
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Re: Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 12:21:18 PM »
Looks like the handle piece off a water/gas key
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Re: Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2019, 12:30:02 PM »
Yes I tend to agree and you are probably right - but it just seems older than that and there are no regular shapes on it, everything looks slightly "hand made" if you know what I mean.

Anyway, it can go in to my box of general junk until I find the rest of the Bronze Age hoard that it obviously come from!

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Re: Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 03:13:43 PM »
Looks very similar to a handle off a brass barrel tap, i have an intact one i found and your item looks identical.
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Re: Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 02:16:43 PM »
Looks very similar to a handle off a brass barrel tap, i have an intact one i found and your item looks identical.

I was thinking barrel tap too
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Re: Old (very old?) Bronze / brass thing!
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 11:10:30 PM »
Sorry guys not a barrel tap they aren’t really found longer than about 5cm and never made of solid thick bronze, I think it’s a pump handle from a very old early fire extinguisher or something similar
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