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  1. Thanks Members. As a kid, the school buss drove by the old house close to where I found this. There was a sign dating the house to 1776. Found it in the woods behind that old house. This was probably lost, left behind, or discarded by someone passing thru during or after the Revolutionary as I not aware of any battles in the area. Just so I have this right, this bayonet would fit the Charville Muskets provided to us by the French, Correct? It post dates the French & Indian war. Thanks for your reply. All the best. Bruce
  2. Yes, I've discussed with her lately about this relic and her hiding it from me. My mom is getting up there in years. Her mind is still sound. We played fight the red coats with our stick guns. It would have been tapped it on the end of a broomstick and used for play. I'll photograph it some more and put it in the safe deposit box this next week. Before I pass (which I hope is not soon) I'll probably donate it to a museum and pass on my story and where it was found so other can enjoy it. The land it was found on is on the Appalachian Trail. Any help from the bayonet guys would be appreciated.
  3. Especially since I found it 45 years ago and I've managed to hold on to it. We live in Texas now. Very far from where I found it. Bruce
  4. Hello, New to your forum. Just a few posts now. When I was a child we lived outside of Pawling New York. For fun, I would poke around in old trash dumps looking for mostly bottles. I found this while digging where an old barn or out building used to be. I didn't know that then, I was just looking for milk bottles and it seemed like a good place. The dumps were so old usually just glass, china, and metal were all that remained. When I found it I was using it as a digging aid. How stupid. I found its way home and my mom saved it for me and put it up somewhere. Could never figure out what nationality it was, and when was in college, a chance trip to the Smithsonian had fully intact specimens and it appears to be French. From a Charville Rifle. The lower ridge has hollow ground surfaces on each side. An estimated overall length was maybe 18" to 20". Some of the tip and the lock ring have been lost to time. This is all of it that I found. Any info would be nice. I can take more pics if needed. I've never cleaned it. Thanks Bruce
  5. My main collecting focus at this time is German Steel Helmets. As previously stated, I have been using cotton gloves when handling any of my helmets. I don't understand why more folks don't do this. I don't even transport a helmet that intends to be handled at some point with out gloves being available. I've seen some helmets that look like they were "dipped in butter" that have so much finger oil on them. Bruce
  6. Hello, Found these some years ago at a gunshow in Corpus Christi, Texas. Tags belonged to Charley Henningson of the 88th Aero Wing. I haven't researched them. One is smaller than the other and the string that attaches them is how I found them. My business was set up at the show selling guns. I have an FFL/SOT. The show promoter wanted different stuff to fill up the convention hall and had some fleamarket sellers. These were in a jar with some tokens and wooden nickels. Hope someone enjoys these as much as I do. Bruce
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