ID of ornate handle or lever?

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ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by chrisbham » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:36 pm

Hi all,

Does anybody have an idea of what this is? Perhaps a cast iron tap handle?

Iron and measures 10.5cm wide (7cm from mid point so originally 14cm wide before breaking), 6cm high and 3.5cm thick.

It's made of iron I think as it came out a solid rusty item. I noticed a bit of pattern so wire brush and WD40 removed a lot of it. It has a handle as well as patterns over it all with what I guess is also an iron bar going through and a hole in the bottom which would have would have perhaps been for wood. It has a seam on top so I guess cast.

Found on stubble on a Euroace and was showing 3 notches.

Cheers all,
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by fred » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Most likely a lump of an iron bedstead. They seem to turn up all over the place. ::g
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Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:08 pm

As usual Fred is spot on, slept on a few of them myself! ::g Regards ss47
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by chrisbham » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:10 pm

fred wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:59 pm
Most likely a lump of an iron bedstead. They seem to turn up all over the place. ::g
That's the one, lots on google images. Was found in the middle of absolutely nowhere, always surprises me how these things get there!
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by liamnolan » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Back in the day, there were no Council refuse collections! Everything ended up out on the fields. Many field entrances will have tons of signals from all sorts of metal bits placed there as firm foundations for the cart wheels, broken pottery, utensils, cupboards, ornaments etc will not be far from the buildings, old clothes became the "shoddy" fertiliser and many would have the tiny farthings buried deep in the pockets, army great coats soon lost their buttons, thimbles and small change might be left out in the middle by visiting wives bringing the midday lunch during harvest time and staying to do some sewing, they often brought along the kids as well.
There will be more of that bed frame on the field! Liam
PS - the Snettisham Hoard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snettisha ... _Hoard.jpg the story goes that those twisted strands of gold torcs were initially discarded as old brass bed springs and dumped in a corner of the field, until someone took a closer look! :-O They went on to find the pit containing the main bulk of the treasure.
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by fred » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:52 pm

Of course an old bedstead would block a hole in a fence very nicely too. :D
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by littleboot » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:31 pm

Ha Fred, spot on. We have an old iron bedstead, placed there by us, that is doing the same job in the corner of our field to keep the deer and boar out. Its a very useful short length of ready made fencing to plug a gap in a hedge.
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:54 pm

Just stepping off course a little :-SS, Whilst it's still possible to occasionally find such items in field fences/hedges, they are more commonly to be seen on allotments together with enamel advertising signs. So much so, that in the 1990's, brass bedsteads became the latest household 'must have' and the genuine brass examples, were 'removed' for restoration and resale. Enamel advertising signs were similarly liberated. Just stepped back in line to keep us all 'in topic' 8-| ss47
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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by alloverover » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:03 pm

Worth checking though, this has to be the greatest find ever to be confused with a bit of old bedstead,https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/ ... easure.htm I remember seeing an interview with the ploughman talking about chucking torcs into the hedge as he thought that's what they were, bits of brass bedstead x; x; =P~ =P~ :D ::g

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Re: ID of ornate handle or lever?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:11 pm

alloverover wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:03 pm
Worth checking though, this has to be the greatest find ever to be confused with a bit of old bedstead,https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/ ... easure.htm I remember seeing an interview with the ploughman talking about chucking torcs into the hedge as he thought that's what they were, bits of brass bedstead x; x; =P~ =P~ :D ::g
These things do happen but sadly never to me! :( Thanks for the link alloverover ::g Regards ss47
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