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    Today is the first day of rifle season in Kentucky. My dad was getting ready last night, and he grabbed a backpack from the innermost depths of our garage. He was surprised to find this Civil War era wrench, and a beat up 1857 flying eagle cent inside! He dug the wrench on private property near Gettysburg, where the 23rd PA infantry was based, and waiting for entry to the battle. He dug it up a long while ago, we can't even remember when. But it's still pretty cool looking. I am sure with electrolysis, I could actually get it to be functional again.

    I am sure, ya'll have had experiences like this before.

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    "The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee

  • #2
    Electrolysis and a heap of hope may get it working again.
    Are you sure that it is civil war era though?
    Bruce
    In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

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    • Kentucky point
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      Positive. There were several of his friends who found wrenches like that in VA, and MD camps before. I have to find the website, but the company that made them started in 1826. I have to find it.

  • #3
    Originally posted by 2ndoldman View Post
    Electrolysis and a heap of hope may get it working again.
    Are you sure that it is civil war era though?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_wrench

    Perfect match
    "The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee

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      Thank you for the link.

  • #4
    I like the old Monkey Wrench. I have a couple of those.
    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

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    • #5
      Cool wrench ... Old tools are cool. Cool post
      SW Connecticut

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      • #6
        That’s awesome KP

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        • #7
          Pretty cool old wrench!
          South Dakota

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          • #8
            Am I that old ? I think I remember seeing those in our garage as a kid and using them . Not civil war .

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            • Kentucky point
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              Monkey wrenches had the same design for years. still do. This was dug in a known civil war camp though.

          • #9
            I got that and it’s an amazing find . Very cool your Father was able to go in that area .

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            • Kentucky point
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              This was private property just outside of Gettysburg. He had permission at another property bordering a battlefield, and he found artillery tools, a cannon ball, and other artillery related items. Some folks heard about it, and told him that no known artillery was in the area. Well, guess they were!

          • #10
            I would love to see a cannon ball do you alll have those still . Sounds like you could have your own museum . We went back to that old brick place . Tons of old coke bottles and twist tops only . Let the kid take it all that collects . Hey wayne found an old buckle we gave to him from a cemetery site . He thinks it’s boot buckle from research . 1800,s and that fits the dates on the stones .

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            • Kentucky point
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              We have a war of 1812 ball, and several weird shell frags. I'll start a topic soon about some of the cooler stuff we have.
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