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Let's see if we have anybody that can identify this object. I already know the answer, as told to me by a historian who works for the State Museum.
For a size reference, that's an index card it's sitting on and it's true color is dark gray/black like the iron it's made from.

 

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It almost looks like a caltrop, an iron/steel shaped star used during the Civil War to disable horses when they stepped on them.
 

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That is an ear-stud typically worn by the Eastern Bigfoot. Most times it is found in the right earlobe but sometimes the left (not that there is anything wrong with that).
 

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Bearclaw said:
It almost looks like a caltrop, an iron/steel shaped star used during the Civil War to disable horses when they stepped on them.
We have a winner!
Yes sir, a caltrop is what the historian told me it is.
 

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I was interested in the origin of such a thing, so I looked it up on Wiki. Judging by what I've read, and see in your pic, what you have is a Caltrop insignia ? These were worn by certain troops in WWII signifying their corp or division ? True caltrops made to disable, seem to be much sharper and pronged to puncture. More sinister looking. Just a thought.
 
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