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TimChilli

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Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:56:45 PM »
Found these today at the site of a 17th century battlefield.

I’m presuming one is an unfired pistol ball but the main question I have is about the large object - does it look like the yoke/branch of a foot spur, or am I reading too much into this?

Links to photos:

https://ibb.co/WfHtCJx

https://ibb.co/hysHDCb
« Last Edit: January 25, 2019, 09:23:11 AM by TimChilli »

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 05:33:15 PM »
Something appears to be stamped on the spike between circular indentations. Can you make out any details? The little lead ball is a weight from from a doll's eyes mechanism to make them open and close. Nice!

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 06:47:27 PM »
Sorry don't think its a spur
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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 11:26:05 AM »
Something appears to be stamped on the spike between circular indentations. Can you make out any details? The little lead ball is a weight from from a doll's eyes mechanism to make them open and close. Nice!
Thanks, Seagoon.

Interesting identification of the lead weight!

Sadly there are no details on the space between the two dots.

I also found this on the battlefield

https://ibb.co/xCnrbMZ

I think it’s lead and appears to bear the stamp of a thistle. I’ve tried to use oblique lighting to show this in detail. The reverse has three small areas showing signs of contact with rust, so I wonder if this was affixed to an iron backing.

Any ideas?

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 03:59:54 PM »
That's a saddlers badge mate off a horse harness  :) Quite a common find on farmland
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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 08:30:48 PM »
That's a saddlers badge mate off a horse harness  :) Quite a common find on farmland
Great knowledge, thanks for that!

Do you think the metal object I first thought was a spur is actually just a part of modern farming equipment?

Maybe I’m being a total amateur but I spent 8hrs yesterday dutifully scanning three fields which my research told me were hotspots in the battle, but the most war-related items I could find were two musketballs and a tiny pistol ball. Is that not unexpected in the world of detecting? Are my expectations too high?

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2019, 10:27:53 AM »
Aye poss part of farm machinery ? You just have to keep plugging away at the hotspots and dig every target  :) Good luck !
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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 12:09:05 PM »

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 03:05:02 PM »
Could be a caltrop ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltrop
That's a great shout. It certainly fits the description.

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Re: Part of a spur, or wishful thinking?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 07:11:27 PM »
Not unless it's broken. A caltrop has four legs, not three - otherwise it wouldn't stand up.