Despite all my research books and constant perusal of eBay and other image-heavy resources, I typically dig two or three things a month that look old and good, but that I just cannot readily identify after a reasonable amount of effort. I’ve used a wide variety of forums and social groups to get help in the past, and appreciate all of the assistance I have received from members on those boards and resources.
Sporting almost 2500 members as of June 2015, the ID ME Facebook Group is the best group I have found for getting assistance identifying a wide variety of unusual detecting finds.
I’ve posted several items to the groups over the recent few months and have received accurate IDs on almost all of them. Average time for ID seems to be about 30 minutes, though some “easy” ones are identified almost instantaneously. The items above, which I dug this past weekend, was identified in about 45 minutes. It is a late 1800s – early 1900s Whiffle Tree tip from a horse drawn carriage or buggy. The member identifying even provided evidence, leaving no doubt as to its proper identification.
Sometimes my mystery item turn out to be an excellent relic like this one was , and it is a great feeling to get the identification, get a clear picture of how the object was likely used, and imagine the history of the object, taking into context its approximate age, and the location found.
Another great thing about ID ME is that I can get instant notifications on my mobile device when someone posts their opinion on my object, so I don’t have to go back and check to see if anyone has responded.
You can also assist others in identifying their mystery finds.
If you are not already following ID ME, I recommend you check it out here and click the “Follow” button.
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