The piece pictured below is a WW1 Sturmmesser M1917 fighting knife from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It may not be in great condition, as part of the blade is broken off, but this weapon is a significant piece of war history.
These knives were one of the Empire’s favorite weapons, as they were easy to handle because of their size but still very deadly, as the blade had a particular shape. Besides, whoever found this now has an official weapon from 1917 in their home! If the local history museum didn’t come knocking on their door to reclaim it, of course.
A 1944 Pigeon Racing Band
Yes, you read that right – this band was put on a pigeon in a pigeon racing tournament. It turns out that since 1910, an organization called the American Racing Pigeon Union has been organizing pigeon races in the United States. This find belonged to a pigeon in 1944, and the numbers engraved on it, “3850”, were most probably that pigeon’s specific ID.
Perhaps not worth much, but certainly a very special and quirky find we hope this person kept in their collection. The mere thought of pigeons racing is fantastic, and perhaps this band belonged to a fierce competitor that won plenty of races back in the day.
British Coins From the 1700s
Whoever dropped these back in the 1700s must have had one of the worst days of their life as the gold coin alone was probably a month’s salary back then! Fast forward 300 years and a very lucky person with a metal detector found these coins in a field in the U.K.
This picture shows a gold guinea coin from 1715, and two silver sixpences from 1696. He was probably required by English law to turn them in to the nearest history museum. But if he was allowed to keep them, those are some impressive historical coins to add to any collection.
Old Suspender Adjuster From 1862
It was quite common for men to wear suspenders back in the 1800s, and these came with different types of adjusters, buckles, and other functional accessories. The suspender adjuster pictured here was designed in 1862, by Farmers Brace, one of the largest suspender accessory companies at the time.
The design of this particular adjuster is quite intricate, and although it might not be worth much if the finder decides to sell it, it is definitely a vintage item. Someone must have lost their fancy suspender adjuster as they were working outside in the field. Or perhaps they threw it away and decided to buy a better one. Oh, the infinite stories one could come up with.
A Mine Lamp From the 1910s
Back in the 1910s, coal mining was one of the most common jobs for men, both in the U.S. and Canada. Since the 1880s, coal started to be widely used as the main generator of electricity across the country, so there was always a shortage of miners. One of the most important, if not THE most important things for a coal miner to have underground was a trusty lamp.
Back then, these were carbide lamps, and one of their main manufacturers was the Justrite Company in Chicago, Illinois. Pictured above is one such mining lamp, unearthed by a metal detectorist in a creek. Now that is one very cool find!