A white-tailed-deer antler with saw marks from the north cellar, evidence the Spragues were working antler.
A Barlow type folding jackknife and whetstone. Barlow jackknives had large iron bolsters (the iron behind the blade) which gave them more durability.
Several artifacts made from scrap brass: a small saw, a repaired kettle rim, and a small hasp for a small box.
Cufflinks were often decorated. Most have geometric designs or floral themes. The cufflink on the bottom right has a cornucopia engraved on it, likely symbolic of men’s roles as growers of food. On the top left is a brass aglet for lacing clothing and a possible “hook” part to a “hook-and-eye” fastener.
A lead net weight, a lead line sinker and two fishhooks.
European flint strike-a-lights and ballast cobble debris. The largest reddish piece is a strike-a-light made from Pennsylvania jasper.
Slag, a fragment of a nail header, scrap iron, nails blanks and various types of nails, including T-head, L-head, rose-head, headless and shoeing nails.
17th-century gunflints, found at Le Vieux Fort, Placentia.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Crompton.
Gunflints, lead shot, musket balls, a lead gunflint wrap, a fragment of a brass side plate with dragon motif and the finial to a bayonet scabbard.
A claw hammer head, side and top view.
A variety of items made from scrap iron, including a sieve, a funnel, and two knife blades made into strapping to reinforce something.
Personal items including a George II Oldhead halfpenny (1740-1754), George I “Irish Wood” halfpenny dated 1723, a William III halfpenny dated 1699, and a small piece of a silver coin. There are a plain brass ring, iron mouth harp, and pieces of a bone comb and a copper-alloy comb. These combs have two sizes of teeth: the larger for grooming, the smaller to remove nits and lice from the hair. In the bottom left is a small brass plate with the letters “IB” stamped into it.
Scissors, a needle, glass beads, straight pins and thimbles.