12 April 2011

Metal Detecting Post #30 - Diggin' Dabney Part 2

Stony Point - Home of Robert Lewis Dabney
Circa 1900

This is a follow up to something I posted the other day about relic hunting at the home of Robert Lewis Dabney which he built here in Augusta County while serving as Pastor of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. In addition to the period flat button I found, I also dug an old iron ax or hammer head of some type, along with part of an oil lamp burner (see below). If anyone recognizes this iron piece, I'd appreciate some input. It could be some type of blacksmithing tool. The oil lamp piece has a patent date stamped on the face of the small wheel piece which one uses to turn the wick up and down. The date reads: "Jul. 21 . 63 Dec. 10 . 67" So it post dates the time Dabney lived here in 1853, though it is period. I had also forgotten that Dabney dubbed his 120 farmstead "Stony Point." He did so for good reason. There is a large layer of limestone just under the surface of much of the acreage. Dabney quarried the stone for the house on premises. I'll be showing that, along with some other interesting video once I finish producing it. Another note of interest. Dabney moved from this home when he accepted a teaching position at Union Theological Seminary in 1853, but he continued to own it. In 1861 he sold the property for $4000 and lent the sum to the Confederacy, for which he was never repaid. Dabney never expressed any regrets.


Anonymous said...

To my untrained eye, that unidentified iron piece might be part of an old hand forged mattock. Just a guess though.

Here's a link to a picture of a mattock that has a similar shape. Hope this helps.


Those are great finds!

13thBama said...

See if it resembles one of these:


Maybe the one on the top right?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - that's a great resource 13B, thanks! But my piece is smaller. 3.25" at the longest point.

Lawrence Underwood said...

It looks like a worn axe / hatchet head. The 'ears' on the socket are typical of that type of implement. From your photograph it appears to have a hammer welded blade.

Lawrence Underwood said...

Another option, I have only seen one, is a small hatchet that was used to rive staves. I saw a fellow who made oak split article use one rather than a froe. I think that is a use of a tool meant for another purpose, however.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Lawrence - good to hear from you. Thanks!