Recovered Relics from the 1700s and 1800s

Below are actual photos of some of the many relics I have recovered from old farm fields and 1700s/1800s home sites in New Jersey. I have included detailed sample photos for reference if my recovered item was in rough shape. All of these are "natural" finds. I have never participated in a seeded hunt.

Late 1700s/Early 1800s Thimble.

This was found within a 10 foot radius of the Tombac button and the 1785 2 Reales, so I'm guessing it's in the same time range.

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Independence Hall Memento.

A theory shared with me by other detectorists is that it's some kind of memento (poured lead mold), perhaps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall.

I am proud to say that in January 2018, this relic was donated to the Independence National Historical Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior at the request of the Chief Curator.

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Smokehouse Lock - 1830s-1870s estimated age

Smokehouses rose in popularity as they were a means of preserving food, but the structure was under constant threat of theft by animals and humans alike. The answer would simply be called the smokehouse padlock. These wrought iron padlocks were made with warded keyways so that notches on the key would have to fit the specific obstructions in the keyway. A hole in the key would fit in a protrusion on the inside of the lock, which would provide a swivel point for the key to line up with the warding. (source:

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