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Old Sep 29, 2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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Mystery Object, what is this?

Mystery Object, what is this?

Hi everyone,
In my latest consignment objects I found this item, marked as a Roman bronze object.
No further information available.
Measurements:
Max length: 39,0 mm
Max height: 16,4 mm
Max thickness: 5,6 mm
Weight: 6,96 g
The left side looks a bit like a helmeted bust of a warrior.
Does anyone know what this is?
All information is welcome!

Thanks on beforehand and best regards,
Marc,
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Old Sep 29, 2007, 02:21 PM   #2
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Hi,

My guess would be a very stylised key?

Brgds,
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 02:31 AM   #3
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Mystery object

Hi,
So far I have received these suggestions as to what this object might be:

1. My guess would be a very stylised key?


2. If it were more recent than Roman I might suggest it looks like a very fancy key?

3. Is it a Roman buckle of some sort -- with a fancy decoration?

4. A key

Please keep sending me your suggestions.
Thanks,
Marc
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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Is there a prize for the winner?

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Old Oct 1, 2007, 08:36 AM   #5
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Is there a prize for the winner?

Richard
I might consider giving away a discount code to the person whom can provide me with solid proof as to the matter what this item really is...maybe!

But so far, I did not receive any proof at all, just some guess-work.

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Old Oct 1, 2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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The left hand end looks just like a chicken with a crown, i.e., a cockatrice, which can be a cock with a crown, or a serpent hatched from a chicken egg, with chicken head and crown. A nasty customer in either event. Seems more from the Middle Ages than antiquity. Cheers, George Spradling
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Old Oct 12, 2008, 12:32 PM   #7
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Quite similar buckle belt at http://www.eroncoins.com/obje/katalog/ke68.html

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Old Oct 13, 2008, 03:47 PM   #8
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I don't see a chicken. I see a knight standing facing forward with a circular ornament on his armour and a shield (maybe?) in his right hand. This might fit better with a medieval age on the piece.

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Old Nov 5, 2008, 02:46 PM   #9
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Not a key, at least not Roman. Nothing appears like this in the literature. My best guess is that it is part of a buckle. A slightly similar example is illustrated in the Isthmia excavation reports.

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Old Nov 6, 2008, 06:14 AM   #10
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It's a Celtic bottle opener.

No I changed my mind. It's later than Celtic and depicts a frog prince.
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Old Nov 6, 2008, 08:58 AM   #11
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I thought frog as well when I first saw it. Do you know the fairy tale about the 'Froschkönig' (frog king)?
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Yes, indeed -- I immediately thought of that story when I saw this object. I think most people know the frog prince from the Brothers Grimm version of the story.
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Old Nov 7, 2008, 11:45 AM   #13
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Well, if the frog prince preferred bottled beer over canned, he was no doubt a wise and fair ruler!
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Old Nov 7, 2008, 01:06 PM   #14
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My own view would be a post medieval tinned harness buckle fitting.
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And the winners for a discount code are...
Makatunaki, Kendorney and Vepcorf.
The code will be sent to the winners, to use whenever they want to.
Thanks for all replies, humoristic and others...
Best regards,
Marc
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