What are the Oldest Objects you Own?

Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by Shangas, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. DNO

    DNO One Too Many

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    Oldest...probably some Ordovician period trilobites I found near Craigleith, Ontario....400 million years old, or so.

    Oldest man made...some first century Roman coins.
     
  2. JonnyO

    JonnyO A-List Customer

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    Troy, NY
    A Firehouse Log Book from August 1903 from FDNY (NYC Fire) Engine 246 which is Stationed in Brooklyn.
     
  3. rjb1

    rjb1 Practically Family

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    Probably the oldest that I can verify is an 1863 Sharps carbine. (not counting the rocks in the driveway...)
     
  4. splintercellsz

    splintercellsz I'll Lock Up

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    Two Roman coins from 100-400 A.D.
     
  5. Giftmacher

    Giftmacher One Too Many

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    Today's find in "partisan woods"- Bronze axe from late bronze age (Luzice culture)
     
  6. Horace Debussy Jones

    Horace Debussy Jones A-List Customer

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    I am the proud owner of an oil on copper painting that is roughly 250 to 300 years old. Needs cleaned and a minor touch of inpainting. No visible signature, but perhaps cleaning it will reveal one. The frame is original to the piece I believe, and will be left as is with all of it's worm holes and dings.
     
  7. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge One Too Many

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    My wife's father was stationed on the Aleutian Islands during WWII. While walking along the beach he looked down and saw a basalt oil lamp carved in the shape of a seal head and brought it home. After some adventures it ended up in our house. How old? No one can tell without C14 testing the lamp black on the inside. But definitely precontact. I took it to the Antiques Roadshow in Anaheim and it was probably the oldest thing in the building. It should air late March/early April.
     
  8. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    The gauntlet has been thrown down! Now those are old! :eusa_clap
     
  9. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    A Trenton anvil circa 1903.
     
  10. kiwilrdg

    kiwilrdg A-List Customer

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    I have some spindle whorls that are about 100 BC, roman coins, etc. but the oldest dated item is a book "Brown's Vulger Errors" dated 1658.
     
  11. Professor Plum

    Professor Plum New in Town

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    A Baroque pastel of a young lady from a Peter Paul Rubens sketch book.
     
  12. penates

    penates Familiar Face

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    A cylinder seal from approx 1400 BCE.
     
  13. scrawlysteve

    scrawlysteve One of the Regulars

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    Since fossils and rocks are getting included --- I've got a slice of iron nickel meteorite that seems to be about the age of the solar system, around 4.5 billion years.
     
  14. Michaelshane

    Michaelshane One Too Many

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    Dinosaur egg.
     
  15. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

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    Pair of polished bronze earrings from 1st Century Rome
     
  16. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    A dozen various hallmarked English silver napkin rings c. 1900 and my personal favorite, this pre-1900 Meiji period Japanese lead skull...

    Lead Skull.001 copy.jpg
     
  17. Matt Crunk

    Matt Crunk One Too Many

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    The oldest man-made items I own are two German made violins from the late 1800's. One is a 4/4 size and the other is 3/4. I can play fiddle a little bit, but my tone is horrendous. It's by far my weakest instrument, but I love having them around. As Mark O' Conner said, "What other invention can you name that reached it's design apex 400 years ago and has not been improved upon since?"

    Second oldest is a watercolor painting from the Hudson River Valley dated 1895.
     
  18. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

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    Circa 1690 Dutch brick excavated (and nefariously absconded with by the person who gave it to me years ago) from lower Manhattan.
     
  19. Tarwater

    Tarwater Familiar Face

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    A few straight razors from the late 1800s and an S.L. Stein photograph of a blacksmith at his anvil -- dated 1863. At least those are the oldest I can think of.
     
  20. GE-Man

    GE-Man New in Town

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    A mathematical book from 1790 about geometry with old illustrations.
     

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