Do you own any interesting old objects?

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  1. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    I own either my grandfather’s or my great-uncle’s German/English dictionary. It was published in 1898 in Germany and is written in old-style German script. That makes sense because my great-uncle immigrated from Switzerland in 1900 and my grandfather then came over in 1903. They would have needed such a dictionary to help them learn English. I wasn’t able to figure out whether the book belonged to my great-uncle or my grandfather, but there are old artifacts in it like old hand-written receipts for farming supplies. They lived here in Omaha, NE and then later moved to western Kansas.

    I got this dictionary some years back when visiting an uncle in Kansas. He found it in his basement and gave it to me.

    Your turn. Do you own anything old that’s interesting?
     
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  2. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Well-Known Member

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    My navel is old. I sit and gaze at it for hours, so I guess I think its interesting. :D

    Mostly old pictures and stories about family I've discovered while researching my ancestry. Nothing older than documents from my grandfather in the 1920's. No artifacts, though.
     
  3. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    I have a silver coin from the famous Atocha shipwreck. It was handed down but my dad had a 20 carat gold anchor made for it to sit in. It can be hung on a necklace. It is worth quite a bit but nothing outrageous I don't think. Come to think of it, not sure where it is, think the wife put it somewhere, maybe even in storage in LA or SF :laugh:

    Even though not old, I do have every action figure and toy from Star Wars back made back in the 70's/80's :thumbup:
     
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  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Have a cool WWI German Bayonet.

    That thing has been through some times. As a kid It was my own personal machete and axe as I would use it in the woods and even cut down some trees with it.
     
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Had all of the action figures from the first star wars movie. Mom sold them all in a yard sale for change.

    Worst was I had the bigger action figures of Darth Vadar, Luke, Chewbacca and Bobafet. Chewie and Bobafet each still had every little piece with it.
    She sold those in the same yard sale for change.
     
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  6. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    That's gotta sting just a tad! The only large action figure I had was Bobafet but I do have every normal sized one.
     
  7. Corso

    Corso Well-Known Member

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    You ever meet those dudes from Mountain Monsters? They are supposed to be from the area...
     
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  8. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    I've got a Japanese prayer flag with bullet holes and blood stains from Iwo Jima Island. My grandfather blasted a pillbox with a satchel charge and took the flag off a dead Japanese soldier there. I've also got a small bamboo knife with matching bamboo sheath that he got in the same battle. It's a cool little knife that I think they called floating knives.
     
  9. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Just myself.
     
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  10. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    My back and both knees.....................
     
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  11. Denim Chicken

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    I have an old laundry stove. These stoves were made to heat up water for laundry, so the housekeeper didn't have to heat up the whole house with the big stove just to do laundry. Its cast iron from the 30's, I think.

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  12. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    That's amazing. Thanks for sharing. I would have never known it was for laundry. We forget how lucky we are today that laundry is so easy to do.
     
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  13. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    No problem.

    I also have a very old indentured servant's contract and silhouettes of his family (or the family to which he was indentured, I can't remember.) I'll try to post a pic later.
     
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  14. Reverend Conehead

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    That's way cool. I also have an old framed photo of my immigrant grandparents, probably taken in the 40s. I'm at work now, so I can't post the pic, but maybe on the weekend I will.
     
  15. paladin78749

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    Just WW2 stuff
    I have a Luger and a X-mas card from Adolf Hitler.
     
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  16. Melonfeud

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    I had An old silver " trade dollar" that was minted 1873 that I think was used to finance the procurement of fine smokables from China ,when such smokables were deemed in fashion,,, I went to have it appraised as for condition and when the dude weighed it out it came up about 80 grams light :lmao:
    I had a counterfeit,,, dude offered me $7.50 for it:lmao::lmao2::lmao:,,, Sheese! I gave it to a buddy who liked it/ thought it was still pretty cool,,,centuries old dope scoring money:lmao:
     
  17. Melonfeud

    Melonfeud Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    :lmao:
    I've got a ' wall hanger'
    European trade shotgun
    That started out life as a French musket toted and fired while serving under Napoleon then around the time of the American civil war the European arms manufacturers were scrambling to Modernize/upgrade and as surplus it was given a 12 bore barrel and snazzy Snyder conversion breech block,,, it appears operational as the firing pin and side hammer cocks/locks/ releases on trigger pull, I guess replacing the smokeless powder charge from a field grade shot shell with a light charge of black powder and it would still go 'boom' wait for smoke to clear to see if you dropped that quail but naw, I'm not that motivated anymore;)
     
  18. Melonfeud

    Melonfeud Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Those are pretty cool personal heirlooms Jimmy.

    I used to drink beer with a neighbor who was in on the mop up of concentration camp liberations over in Germany ,he was fresh over there and said he shot this German that bolted from a building in the back while he was running away, I've got the waffen SS collar tabs he cut off his uniform with that little 3 bronze casing-liner rank insignia
     
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  19. paladin78749

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    Not old but kinda cool
    A NASA friend gave me this aluminum case about the size of a pencil cup, wrapped in velcro, covered with cyrillic writing:
    A film canister from the MIR spacecraft!
     
  20. Melonfeud

    Melonfeud Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I've seen a couple of those around before but never knew that's what they were called or used for, thanks Denim
     
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