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What Is The Oldest Thing You Own?
Jul 6th, 2023 at 4:34pm
 
    I have my grandmother's Atwater Kent Radio.  I also have a Tommy Ticker watch given to me by the ancient Mr. McCann when I was a very small boy.  I'm not really sure which is older.
     I also still have my first new two wheeler, a fire engine red 1960 Rollfast 26" bike.  It's in need of a little TLC but it could be made functional again for little expense.  Bikes were made of solid steel back then.
     And of course there's me.  I'm pretty damned old.
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Reply #1 - Jul 6th, 2023 at 8:05pm
 
I collected coins and paper currency once upon a time.  I think the oldest thing I have is a penny from 1917.
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Reply #2 - Jul 7th, 2023 at 12:00am
 
Rocks! They're pretty darn old. I guess it's sort of cheating, though, as they aren't manmade, and are all around outside.

The oldest manmade things I have would probably be photos and possessions from ancestors and relatives. This includes some type of old camera. I forget what type it is, but apparently it's pretty common. There are also a few old bibles, one of which has a long-since-passed relative's hair in it. I think they're from sometime in the first half of the 20th century or so.
I've also seen some tobacco and a carved pipe from a relative who was in the American Civil War, although that belongs to another family member.
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Reply #3 - Jul 7th, 2023 at 5:03am
 
I used to have a spent casing that would have been supposedly fired from a battle ship in ww1, not sure how true that was though. I have an old carving knife that belonged to my dad when he was 15. He would be 70 now so makes it kinda old !
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Reply #4 - Jul 7th, 2023 at 10:46am
 
I have a Civil Engineer's handbook from 1919.
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Reply #5 - Jul 8th, 2023 at 10:01am
 
Pre-American Civil War sperm whale's tooth that belonged to my paternal great-great grandfather who was a ship's wheelsman in the Pacific around Australia in the 1850s.
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Reply #6 - Jul 9th, 2023 at 4:30pm
 
A hewing hatchet from the early part of the last century. Although these days my back feels even older.  Grin
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Reply #7 - Jul 11th, 2023 at 1:25pm
 
     Here's something else old that I have... a 1906 U.S. Army bayonet.  It was my dad's.  I don't recall him telling me where he got it.  From its date I imagine it would have been attached to a Springfield and seen WWI action but that's just speculation.  A gazillion of these were made and many are still around so it doesn't have much monetary value.  It's still pretty cool though.
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Reply #10 - Aug 16th, 2023 at 5:57am
 
I do own a couple of Roman era lead glandes. After that, my grandfather's gold pocket watch from the late 1800's. i only wear it for special occasions. If I ever break it, he will come back to haunt me.

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