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I think you may have to go to WAGS. They are a cast iron club and some one will know for sure on that site. My thoughts are the hole is for a handle to hold but for what reason, the 1775 may be a year. I wish I could find something like that. Good luck and keep that jewel DON'T SELL IT !
Thanks. I will check that out. The town I live in here in Penna. was founded in 1750, so I'm pretty sure it is a date. Not selling it. Thanks again for the info.
Maybe part of a press?
Maybe. At a loss on this one. Definitely very old forged iron.
Maybe that hole isn't a hole, maybe it's a "Dapping block". What do you know about the garage where this was found? Who owned it? Was he a silversmith; make spoons? We discussed these forms in January. http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/whadjafind/forum/topics/does-t....
All those indentations look like hammer marks.
Possibly. The hole is a bit irregular and measures 1/2" by 3/4" but is only 1/2" deep. I only know that the family owned a shoe company at one time. Not sure if they did any metal work or not. Interesting piece, worthy of more research. Do you think it could have anything to do with a blacksmith shop, as there were some here in town? Our town was founded in 1750.
Blacksmiths made other stuff besides horseshoes. They made nails, knives and tools. The hole may have been for a back-stop. All the dents indicate heavy use, so I'd agree with you, probably a work station for making shoes, fastening rivets for buckles, etc. 1775 fits with the age of your town. Maybe there is a local smitthy in your town who can ID it.