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Old 05-26-2020, 08:27 AM
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I have the US Army issued water canteen my Grandfather carried in WWI.
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How did you get yours dated? I have a small Roman coin, looks to be made of bronze. I've always wanted to know when it was made.
Roman coins from about the time of Augustus (27 B.C.) were almost always stamped with the head of the current emperor. Along with his name. It usually isn't too hard to decipher the name, and associate the coin with a certain Emperor's reign.

You usually won't be able to pin it down to an exact year, because Roman coins weren't given a date on them. Like our modern coins.

A coin from 30 A.D. probably has the emperor Tiberius on it.
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Roman coins from about the time of Augustus (27 B.C.) were almost always stamped with the head of the current emperor. Along with his name. It usually isn't too hard to decipher the name, and associate the coin with a certain Emperor's reign.

You usually won't be able to pin it down to an exact year, because Roman coins weren't given a date on them. Like our modern coins.

A coin from 30 A.D. probably has the emperor Tiberius on it.
That's useful knowledge. Thank you. I took it to a coin shop long ago, but the guy wasn't up on Roman coins and didn't really know.
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I have some pottery fragments and sections of obsidian blades I picked up at Teotihuacan in Mexico when I was about 10. (I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to at the time.) Those are probably about 1,500 years old.

As for family heirlooms, I guess it’s my grandfather’s .32 S&W revolver from the 1930s. Or maybe it’s a 24” aluminum colander my grandfather made at work to help my grandma’s canning.

Two of my favorite old things still in use are a couple of German cameras from the 1940s and 50s.
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The oldest thing I have and still use - my great grandmothers ice pick.
Oldest item in my home - a geode the size of a large watermelon. It came from Peru and a good friend of mine carried it all the way back to OK just for me. It was whole and as the sun crossed the horizon on the summer solstice of 1988, my friend swung a sledge hammer. It broke into 2 perfect pieces. He's gone now, I don't know what happened to his.
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MY grandfather, had an english long bow, made in england , he said an old guy gave it to him when he was a kid, my dad got it when granpa died , he hunted with it, back in the 1950,s when pennsylvania started an archery deer season, after my dad died i have it, i have never strung it, thinking, it may be to brittle, as it could be over 200 years old , It hangs on my bow rack with the rest of my bows, I dont have any compound bows only long bows and recurve.
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I still have an Old Timer friction folder from childhood days. Similar to this one but older and a bit more worn and with a jigged handle material:






Second knife down from the top.
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I have a Mosin rifle that was made in 1939 and it still SEEMS to have all, or most, of the original pieces.

My dad has one from a few years earlier that I will own at some point.

Wife is set to inherit some family stuff from the early 1800ís but I donít recall what most of it is. At least one vase I know of.

My Ruger 10/22 was made in 1996.

My Jeep Wrangler is a 2004. Still runs well.

My dad gave me a tiny pocketknife many years ago that his dad had given him as a kid. That would make it over 50 years old assuming it was newish when he got it. I suspect itís closer to 60 or 65 years old.

I have a gear belt, entrenching tool and bayonet my grandpa gave me that he carried in the Korean War. Knowing the US Army, it might have been originally issued in WWII. The bayonet fits onto the M1 Garand.
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Arrowheads and fossils picked up on the family property as a kid.

My great grandfathers 1921 radium dial pocket watch.

My Glock-19 turns 31 in July.
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I had a 1861 half penny that my great grandfather brought over from England when he immigrated, lost it in one of the fires.

Had most of my childhood toys, Lionel trains, HO slot cars with 120 feet of track, Tonka jeeps and trucks, my grandfather's .303 Savage deer rifle and so much more that burned up.

I guess the oldest thing I have left is a 1936 Plymouth P1 business sedan that the fire skipped over.
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A copy of "Isaiah Thomas, Jr's Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont ALMANACK, with an EPHEMERIS for the Year of our Lord 1804"

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...Eta: do fossils and arrowheads count?
If so, we have some decent KS trilobite fossils that are roughly 90-100 million years old, from back when KS was an ocean.

If man made, it would probably be my wife's family Bible. She got it when her Grandfather died. Printed 1877.

Oldest thing I still use? I have a 1916 SMLE that I still shoot. Took a deer with it in 2016 to celebrate it's centenial.
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I have a roman coin. The second oldest thing is probably the scythe. It had a grain fence, so it would have been back when wheat and other grains were still harvested by hand.
Did it have an interlock so you had to use both hands for it to work?
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I have some stuff from my mom's family farm. Some hooks I guess for handling hay, a scale that hangs on a hook, 1 one-man as well as a two-man saw both in good shape.

Also some scrap pieces of brass and bronze rod in a few diameters. I used one piece to make a steering column collar on one of my stock cars.

I just used a pair of bolt cutters from the barn. They have to go back to 1920.

I had a large lens that came in a brass frame, the frame is gone but the lens is still in my dresser drawer, I used it mainly to fry bugs on the sidewalk. It may have come off a boat.
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The oldest thing I have that still sees regular use is a cast iron skillet dated to the mid 1800s.
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I have an arrow/spear head collection. Then we have a bunch of furniture from the 1800's, some as far back as the 1830's. It's been lovingly restored by a master in Germany. Hopefully it is all ready for another hundred years or so!
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Fossils I collected, millions of years old, trilobite 500 million years .
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'69 F250.
A good truck
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Did it have an interlock so you had to use both hands for it to work?
I'm not sure what an interlock is, but it has a handle part way down the shaft and would have to use both hands. The grain fence is missing. It apparently broke off, leaving wooden plugs in the holes.
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I have a dresser that was made in Nebraska before the dust bowl by my great grand father and his father. The wood came from Arkansas. The family moved from Arkansas to Nebraska to farm in the 1910's. Lost the farm during the dust bowl.

My grandfather road his Indian motorcycle to NJ during the great depression because he heard there was work here. He passed away 10 years ago but told me the motorcycle was too tall for him and he fell over every time he stopped. Fortunately, there weren't many stop streets between Nebraska and NJ then.

The rest of the family followed him here.

The dresser is made of Walnut and the backs and sides of the drawers are from old wooden vegetable crates. Still have the logos and paint on some of those boards.
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