This beautifully designed padlock dates all the way back to the 1890s, and is a true antique find. The famous “favorite 6-Lever” brass padlock was manufactured by the Connecticut-based Eagle Lock Company, founded in 1833. Its unique Victorian style is an example of how creative 19th-century design was, combining functionality with aesthetics.
The lock mechanism features a push, instead of a turn, of a key. The Eagle Lock Company was one of the world’s largest lock makers in the world back in the 1900s, specializing in padlocks. We’re sure whoever found this beauty will clean it and repurpose it, as it deserves.
Antique Plate With Atlanta City Symbol from 1921
Apart from it being a beautiful antique copper plate from the city of Atlanta in 1921, this find would have been interesting simply because of the discussion it generated in online forums over the years. Some have claimed that it was an antique watch fob missing the center insert, while some have claimed it was an old police badge or insignia of some kind.
And others were sure it was a lock plate to an old antique chest. Regardless of its true origins, the symbol of the phoenix, which has a particularly important symbology in Atlanta, makes it quite unique.
1840s Toronto Merchants Token
An interesting piece of Canada’s history, this Toronto merchants token from the 1840s was found in southern Ontario in 2023. Despite being somewhat rusted, the words are still perfectly readable – “No Labour No Bread”, and an image of a man winnowing wheat on a table.
Back in the times when there was no official coinage in Canada, these tokens were used as currency to pay workers. On the reverse side of the token is the phrase “speed the plow”, clearly indicating the harsh labor that was necessary back then in order to barely survive. A very nice find, regardless!
A 14-Carat Gold Ring
Some metal detector finds are part of a time in history. Some are valuable antiques, while others are long-lost sentimental pieces thought to have been lost long ago. And some can be sold for a pretty penny. This 14-carat gold ring would be an example of the latter, as we suspect that a pure gold ring would go for a pretty high sum nowadays.
Unless, that is, the finder would want to keep this piece of jewelry for themselves as a collector’s item. The finder unearthed this little gem just a month after buying his first metal detector, talk about beginners’ luck!
Antique Fox and Hound Lids (or Buckles)
These two lovely metal plates were found in Ontario, Canada, and there was some debate online on what they were exactly. Since both plates had animal designs engraved, specifically a fox and a hound, some people claim they were lids to canned pet food that existed decades ago. Others say they were belt buckles of some sort from the 1900s.
Since they are 8cm wide, they were probably lids for some sort of cans, but regardless of their story, it’s obvious some intricate engraving went into these. Ah the good old days, when even the lids for pet food cans looked like ornate designs.