ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

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ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by jasperflyn » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:47 pm

I found this item on a farmers field 8+ deep, it reads on my AT pro at 66, it measures 4cm L, 2.4cm W, very thin like a blade. It doesn't feel too light, nor heavy for its size. When I dug it I thought it was scrap, but then thought it might be silver, but at 66 it is unlikely isn't it? Hopefully someone can give me a better idea of what this is, thank you:).
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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by Ladybird66 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:31 pm

The one end vaguely looks like a key hole. Possibly part of a door lock ?

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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by garrettoldboy » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:35 pm

hello, you often find bit of old farm machinery or other machine parts as often they broke down and fixed in the field

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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by oldartefact » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:22 pm

Yes I would go for farm machinery related, based simply on where you found the item. As for being silver ... using the Deus, silver can come in anything from 55 to 97+ depending on size, shape and metallurgy. Its impossible to say whether a blackened item is silver or not from a photo, but my feeling is that your item is not silver, I would try the tin foil test, are you familiar with this?
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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by jasperflyn » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:01 pm

wow I did not no about the tin foil test, I have just tried it and it stinks of rotten eggs for sure, can't believe that test actually works and omg its silver:)

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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by jasperflyn » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:03 pm

will you only get that chemical reaction with silver?

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Post by jasperflyn » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:09 pm

oldartefact wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Yes I would go for farm machinery related, based simply on where you found the item. As for being silver ... using the Deus, silver can come in anything from 55 to 97+ depending on size, shape and metallurgy. Its impossible to say whether a blackened item is silver or not from a photo, but my feeling is that your item is not silver, I would try the tin foil test, are you familiar with this?
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Re: ID for thin cut item, maybe some sort of blade head?

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:53 pm

jasperflyn wrote:
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will you only get that chemical reaction with silver?
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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by Rhumours » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:25 am

Ad it seems to be silver from the test and looks thin as you say .... you also need to consider the holes in it .... by that I mean .... although it may be something in its own right it may also be someone that has had a couple of things cut from it that would go on to become things made of silver and you are left with the source sheet.
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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by CTX_Phil » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:04 am

Assuming it was an oval originally I would suggest something like a silver id tag maybe?

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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by oldartefact » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:55 am

CTX_Phil wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:04 am
Assuming it was an oval originally I would suggest something like a silver id tag maybe?
Assuming that bits were hack sawed out for some other purpose, with the resultant "trashed" item being discarded... but total conjecture.
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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by garrettoldboy » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:03 am

hello, by looking at the cuts and bevels i would think a cold chisel and tin snips

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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by Koala » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:38 am

Looks a bit like the top of an oval lighter ???? Which do come in both silver and silver plate

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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by jasperflyn » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:02 pm

cheers everyone who has replied to this thread to help me. I think after reading your comments that it may be waste off a cutting, but just sounds mad how silver could be seen as leftover discard. I am curious about the lighter idea, it opens a lot of possibilities.

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Re: ID for thin cut silver strip, strange shape, sharp edge.

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:55 pm

It would seem prudent to clean the item carefully and inspect it with a jeweller's eye glass/lupe in order to check for the presence of an Assay/mint mark. If present, it could well produce more relevant information regarding it's origin/use. Good Luck ::g Regards ss47
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