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Post  mc30 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:12 pm

Found this on Tuesday near some reef workings, any ideas what it's from?



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Post  Wombat on Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:43 pm

I'm wondering if it is the very top section of an very old car radiator cap scratch
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Post  peter_s on Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:15 am

My guess .... top of a walking stick

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Post  Wombat on Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:11 am

peter_s wrote:My guess .... top of a walking stick

Peter a good one mate. I never thought of that. It just might be. It's about the right size. Q27
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Post  California on Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:02 am

A flag pole maybe.
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Post  Mike54 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:55 am

G'day mc30,

Maybe a hood ornament of an old car..... "Dove of peace". Rings a bell.

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Post  mc30 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:27 pm

Cheers for the reply

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Post  The Sodd on Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:42 am

Looks like the top emblem of a very old Masonic Junior or Senior Deacon staff/wand.
It is a dove and in its beak would have been carrying a very slender olive branch which has obviously corroded away over time. Underneath is a hole where the wooden staff would have fitted into, and there may be a hole in the bottom side of the dove somewhere, where a screw would have attached it firmly to the wooden staff. As such it could have been disassembled easily. The staff would have been about the same length as a pool queue. If it was found out in the middle of the goldfields, then more than likely would have been part of the equipment or regalia of what is called a travelling lodge, which could be set up anywhere for a night or day (more than likely a tent, room out back of a pub, town hall etc). Different to a permanent lodge, for example in the old (brick and mortar) Masonic Lodge buildings that you see in a lot of small country towns.

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