Another of this afternoon's finds...I am not sure what the metal is, but it does not feel hard like bronze, but it is harder than lead..I was initially a bit stumped as to what it was, but when I clean out the mud from inside, a small copper alloy clapper came out and you can just about see inside where it would have been attached.
I there fore presume it's a bell of some sort, possibly more decorative than functional? If anybody can put a date on it, I would be very grateful..
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Looking at it further, I now suspect this was an end cap, almost a finial, that went on the end of a wooden pole/handle. The corroded copper item I retrieved from inside could be the remains of a pin or screw that went into the wood to secure this end cap in place???
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Don’t you dare! Put that in a ‘mystery items’ box. One day one of us will get a Eureka moment on it and you’ll then know what it is
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