brassobj

bbrassobjTwo miscellaneous brass objects recovered from the Reed Farmstead site.  The object on the left is the tongue portion of a brass buckle or catch with geometric decoration.  It would have been attached to leather or cloth strapping.  The object on the right is the face of a small brass padlock that measures only about 1 inch across.  Diminutive padlocks such as this typically were used to lock small items such as boxes.  For example, in court papers filed after William Reed's death, both Hannah Reed and John Ligget mentioned a locked tin box owned by William Reed in which he kept some of his important papers; a lock similar to this one may have secured that box.

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