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Vanity - Please Help Identify this old object
none | 11/27/2007 | me

Posted on 11/27/2007 9:57:30 AM PST by Grit

I am calling on the knowledgeable FR Community to help identify an object that has me baffled.

This silver doohickey was unearthed recently with the help of a metal detector by a friend of mine.

It is 2 3/4 in tall X 1 1/4 in wide.

It has a bracket on the back that is deep enough to accept maybe a leather strap and on the bottom - something is missing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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1 posted on 11/27/2007 9:57:34 AM PST by Grit
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To: Grit

Bottle opener? (Sorry, couldn’t resist . . . marking my place because I’m curious as well).


2 posted on 11/27/2007 10:00:50 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Grit
Bump. I am curious myself.


3 posted on 11/27/2007 10:00:53 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Grit

It looks like a broach that is missing the fastener.


4 posted on 11/27/2007 10:00:56 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Questions are free. Answers are $1. Correct answers are $5.)
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To: Niteranger68

It looks like somehing Hillary would wear. (I am woman, hear me roar!)


5 posted on 11/27/2007 10:02:14 AM PST by Cagey (Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.......Thoreau)
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To: Grit

Hmm...strap buckle of some sort? (Good luck with all the smart-aleck answers, BTW)


6 posted on 11/27/2007 10:02:27 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Grit

It appears to be an artifac from an alien spacecraft.


7 posted on 11/27/2007 10:02:35 AM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Grit

I’d guess either a drawer knocker or a drawer pull. It appears to be missing a loop that goes in the slot in the back and extends around the front.


8 posted on 11/27/2007 10:02:50 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Grit

door knocker?


9 posted on 11/27/2007 10:03:41 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: Grit

Can you see Marley’s Ghost when you look at it real close?


10 posted on 11/27/2007 10:03:52 AM PST by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: Vermonter

oops, meant to say DOOR knocker


11 posted on 11/27/2007 10:05:41 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Grit
Could be a barrette. It is missing the part that would snap into the groove in the center back.
12 posted on 11/27/2007 10:06:21 AM PST by patj
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To: Vermonter; JennysCool; Grit

Door knocker would be my guess, too. Very cool find, in any case.


13 posted on 11/27/2007 10:07:13 AM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton [NaNo Count 50400/50000])
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To: Niteranger68

I think you are very, very close to being right!


14 posted on 11/27/2007 10:07:50 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Grit

How about a picture from the side and one from the top so we can see all the views. Might help.


15 posted on 11/27/2007 10:12:35 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Red_Devil 232; Niteranger68

If it was a brooch, the area for the pin would be towards the top of the object in question.


16 posted on 11/27/2007 10:13:50 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan; Grit

I still think it’s a door knocker, but I agree. A ruler to show scale would be helpful, too.


17 posted on 11/27/2007 10:14:09 AM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton [NaNo Count 50400/50000])
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To: Grit
It looks like a hallmark on the back, this might be silver and I don’t think it is a door knocker.
If it is a hallmark, take it to a jewelry store and get it appraised.
18 posted on 11/27/2007 10:19:17 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rudy and Romney voters send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: Grit

It the clasp to Hillary’s chastity belt.


19 posted on 11/27/2007 10:20:52 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Key to ancient chastity belt....


20 posted on 11/27/2007 10:21:01 AM PST by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: Grit

Broach. But the design sure looks a heck of a lot like door-knocker!


21 posted on 11/27/2007 10:21:06 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: RosieCotton

The size is way too small - he described it.


22 posted on 11/27/2007 10:23:07 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

That’s not necessary at all. It’s in the center and the main portion provides plenty of support both up and down.


23 posted on 11/27/2007 10:24:13 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Grit

A Kilt brooch?


24 posted on 11/27/2007 10:24:35 AM PST by mnehring (I am free not to support Ron Paul... Wow, I feel special...)
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To: Grit
Are there any prongs inside the lion mouth that may look like it held a stone?

Do the spacees in the back of it have any prongs or holes inside the slot that looks like it may had a pin attached at one time? Neat piece.

25 posted on 11/27/2007 10:24:56 AM PST by arbee4bush (Our Airman Daughter KB4W--Hero, Patriot and the Love of her mom & dads life! GO FDT!)
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To: Grit

Looks like a gonkulator. I swallowed one when I was a kid......


26 posted on 11/27/2007 10:25:06 AM PST by llevrok (Born a ham and never cured.)
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To: Grit

Look closely with a magnifying glass...are there any markings on the metal?


27 posted on 11/27/2007 10:25:27 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Ack! You’re right! So much for my reading comprehension skillz...


28 posted on 11/27/2007 10:25:51 AM PST by RosieCotton ("Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." -- G.K. Chesterton [NaNo Count 50400/50000])
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To: arbee4bush

The rear picture indicates there is a nub at 1 end of the channel section (top end WRT that pix). Not sure about the “bottom” end. I agree with the other poster that asked for more pix from other sides/angles.


29 posted on 11/27/2007 10:26:47 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Grit

The real killer.


30 posted on 11/27/2007 10:27:50 AM PST by YourAdHere (Buy My Book, Bradypalooza, from Amazon.Com)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Not necessarly ... a broach ... could be attached to a shash type (leather or webbed) belt. Does not have to be a pin. Looks like something snapped into the the holder at the top. The curved piece is the clasping part, gives just slightly.


31 posted on 11/27/2007 10:29:52 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Grit

Powder..Patch..Ball FIRE!

Belt buckle


32 posted on 11/27/2007 10:30:47 AM PST by BallandPowder
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To: 1rudeboy; Grit
Bottle opener? (Sorry, couldn’t resist . . . marking my place because I’m curious as well).

In looking at the object, it may be a better guess than you think.

Grit, how far does the nose of the object stick out? The lower lip looks like it might e able to grip the edge of a bottle and if the nose sticks out any distance at all, there would be plenty of leverage to remove the cap.

33 posted on 11/27/2007 10:33:05 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: RosieCotton

I think its too small at under 3 inches tall to be a door knocker.


34 posted on 11/27/2007 10:37:04 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

I can get side pix uploaded later. It does have slight curve from top to bottom.


35 posted on 11/27/2007 10:38:07 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: arbee4bush

No prongs or holes to indicate anything is missing from the front of the piece.

No prongs or teeth on the back either.


36 posted on 11/27/2007 10:39:49 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Yeah, but if you look at the back of the item, along the left edge there are some sort of solder-type marks where it looks as though something has broken off. I’d say jewelry, but they appear to be on the wrong edge.


37 posted on 11/27/2007 10:40:14 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Miss Didi

No markings that I can see. Although I do believe it is sterling.


38 posted on 11/27/2007 10:40:25 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: Grit
http://straitcity.com/display/bigbuck/lionshead.html
39 posted on 11/27/2007 10:42:22 AM PST by crazyshrink (Being uninformed is one thing, choosing ignorance is a whole different problem.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Grit, how far does the nose of the object stick out? The lower lip looks like it might e able to grip the edge of a bottle and if the nose sticks out any distance at all, there would be plenty of leverage to remove the cap.

Not deep enough, in my estimation. Also, it feels way too delicate for that.

40 posted on 11/27/2007 10:42:36 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: crazyshrink

Maybe some sort of a clasp? That means the treasure chest is nearby!


41 posted on 11/27/2007 10:43:56 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Billthedrill
Hmm...strap buckle of some sort? (Good luck with all the smart-aleck answers, BTW)

The smart-aleck answers are half the fun. :)

42 posted on 11/27/2007 10:47:03 AM PST by Grit (Bah.)
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To: Grit
Look closely...if it’s sterling silver, or even silver plate, it should have some marking or symbol.
43 posted on 11/27/2007 10:48:18 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Grit

Looks like part of a set of door knockers.

(Thank you herr docktor!)


44 posted on 11/27/2007 10:53:59 AM PST by VRWCmember (Fred Thompson 2008! Taking America Back for Conservatives!)
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To: Grit

Perhaps some sort of military medal or insignia?


45 posted on 11/27/2007 11:04:55 AM PST by crazyshrink (Being uninformed is one thing, choosing ignorance is a whole different problem.)
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To: Grit

It’s a silver doohickey.


46 posted on 11/27/2007 11:06:09 AM PST by Petronski (Reject the liberal troika: romney, giuliani, mccain)
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To: crazyshrink

I saw one of those once, we were excavating in Iran back in ‘77. Whatever you do, do not let moon-light shine on it.


47 posted on 11/27/2007 11:07:07 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Grit

First pic looks like part of a door knocker.


48 posted on 11/27/2007 11:07:09 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: Grit

49 posted on 11/27/2007 11:34:08 AM PST by HAL9000 (Fred Thompson/Mike Huckabee 2008)
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http://cgi.ebay.com/SIGNED-GAY-BOYER-LION-HEAD-DOOR-KNOCKER-BELT-BUCKLE_W0QQitemZ170107285351QQcmdZViewItem

not a match but gives clues


50 posted on 11/27/2007 11:34:23 AM PST by crazyshrink (Being uninformed is one thing, choosing ignorance is a whole different problem.)
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