Possible Winder?

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Went out for a few hours today with the Nox. I had the usual handful of Victorian and toasted George coppers, a few buttons and a couple of musket balls, all very much par for the course on this ground.

I did find the item below as well though...Sorry for the blurry pic, but it was best I could do this evening..The larger black squares are 1cm which puts the item at about 40mm long. The shank has what I would term a rounded off square section to it and is solid. I can't really tell if that is the original end or if it's been snapped???

Initially, I thought it was part of a key, but now wonder if it's a clock winder of some sort? It seems quite crudely made, and to me feels a bit older than the usual Victorian stuff this field throws up?

If anyone can shed further light on it, I would be most appreciative....
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Looks a bit like the end off the arm of a spur but they are usually just 3 holes. Certainly pre Victorian in my view. I’ll have a look for other ideas too :thumbsup:
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Immediate thought was harness related and Saxon. Will have a skank about :thumbsup:
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Yeah , I`d say that looks pretty much like its a Watch winder. :thumbsup:
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Bors wrote: Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:02 pm Yeah , I`d say that looks pretty much like its a Watch winder. :thumbsup:
Well, I am now hoping it will be a Saxon watch winder!!! lol :P
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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:41 pm Looks a bit like the end off the arm of a spur but they are usually just 3 holes. Certainly pre Victorian in my view. I’ll have a look for other ideas too :thumbsup:
Thanks for that...I will put a better pic up tomorrow as I think it was fairly decorative in its prime..
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figgis wrote: Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:56 pm Immediate thought was harness related and Saxon. Will have a skank about :thumbsup:
Something like that would be amazing, but I am never that lucky...the field has not produced anything older than George III coppers, but it is literally about 100 yards away from a preserved section of Offa's Dyke, so fingers crossed!
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Could it be a broken post-med dress hook?
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It looks a lot like a key, though a rather crude one.
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Easylife wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:47 am It looks a lot like a key, though a rather crude one.
I`d say its been corroded quite a bit while under the soil and has started to lose its shape and thickness in parts while been eroded by the mineralisation its been subjected to , but my monies on a watch winder as they come in many shapes and sizes, and I think I`ve seen one very similar to this before, so yeah, still a watch winder in my opinion but , a possible Key also has to be in the running . :thumbsup:
I think if Pete told us if it looks as if there's a hole in the end of the thinnest part or not, it could help.?
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Thanks for the ideas folks..The item is 40mm long by 20mm, so if it’s a winder, maybe from a clock? As I mentioned the shaft is solid with no hollow...

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I`m now starting to go down the "Clock Key " road as initially I hadn`t took in the 40 mm size . Seems a bit big for a fob watch winder .So yes Clock keys probably looking more towards it now :thumbsup:
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Bors wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:13 am I`d say its been corroded quite a bit while under the soil and has started to lose its shape and thickness in parts.
But it was still clearly made assymetrical like Medieval or older items tend to be.
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Agree - that looks to have far more age to it than anything clock/watch-related.
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figgis wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:06 pm Agree - that looks to have far more age to it than anything clock/watch-related.
I think it might be one for my FLO to look at when all the restrictions are lifted...
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