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Chris Gholson

Surprise from a Handstack Pile

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Over the weekend I had a chance to revisit a place I hadn’t been in a really long time. At the bottom of a canyon I found several old gold mines and the remains of an old-timer camp. I know there are some nice nuggets in there waiting to be found, but the trash is extremely heavy. I decided to give it a test run with the Minelab CTX 3030 and see if I could pick any gold from the garbage. No luck on the gold, but I did score a few interesting relics. The best find was a “boot” knife that came from a hand stacked pile of rocks along the creek. There was a lot of broken purple and blue glass on the ground, but I don’t know if this knife is from that era. There are no markings and there is some type of twine material wrapped around the handle. Any thoughts on the age?

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Very cool stuff Chris. I really like that old boot knife. If it could talk... I wonder what stories it could tell!! I worked a hand stacked foundation a few weeks ago and all I found was some flat pieces of metal tucked in it. It kinda looked like banding material. It sure had the heart pumping when I first heard the signal. Take care .. Doug

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Nice relics!

 

The Ox Hide buttons came off of work clothes made by J. C. Pennys, they filed for the trademark in Dec, of 1932, the trademark was officially registered/granted in May of 1933, I'm not sure when they stopped making the Ox Hide line, but I would guess they're most likely from the depression era or a little later.

 

http://www.trademark...e-71332821.html

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Chris. The twine wrapped around the handle is most likely a makeshift repair after the original bone or wood handle broke off. Neat looking knife!---Bob

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