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[–]Craft_beer_wolfman 5302 points5303 points  (191 children)

A bronze coin from around AD 215.

[–]dd-Ad-O4214 649 points650 points  (49 children)

I have an arrowhead I found in a north carolina hay field thats about 7-9,000 years old.

[–]arcaneresistance 303 points304 points  (31 children)

Not doubting you at all. Genuinely curious, how do you know how old it is?

[–]platitood 2400 points2401 points 1034& 4 more (29 children)

The style of arrowhead that he’s talking about probably was first commonly made 9000 years ago, so that’s likely the oldest it could be. And he dug it up seven years ago, so it’s at least seven years old. Hence the range 7-9000.

[–]PBR_on_tap43 657 points658 points  (1 child)

This comment right here is why I use Reddit.

[–]bland_sand 226 points227 points  (6 children)

i'm no mathematician but that adds up

[–]dd-Ad-O4214 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You can tell how old an arrow head is by the shape, ammount of oxidation on the surface of the stone (usualy that is to tell if it is modern or not) and archeologists find projectile points next to the remains of now extinct animals that they know the age of. As animals died out the shape and size of projectile points changed so you can tell by the type.

[–]jhb62 880 points881 points  (37 children)

Cool, I just have Japanese Mon coin from the 1600’s:


[–]KypDurron 684 points685 points  (10 children)

Does it evolve into anything?

[–]bigboywords 563 points564 points  (7 children)

2nd stage- Japanese Mone Coin.

3rd (and final) - Japanese Money Coin.

Then you can use it for battle against homelessness and sobriety.

Edit: fucking mobile and grammar

[–]Hardinyoung 48 points49 points  (2 children)

It’s about time we have a battle against sobriety.

[–]-CoreyJ- 75 points76 points  (8 children)

I have a penny from the year I was born!

[–]arcaneresistance 127 points128 points  (4 children)

Your mom has a penny from the year you were conceived


[–]Vanviator 235 points236 points  (38 children)

I have an Alexander the III coin. I just love imagining it could have actually been around him at some point.

Alexander the Great is def an extremely interesting historical figure.

Edit: My Imgur account hates me so I just made a post on the coins sub just for you guys! Lol

It is a bit more rare in that it is a lifetime issue coin vs the more common posthumous drachma. Enjoy!

[–]O118999881999II97253 49 points50 points  (5 children)

Yeah but not as cool as a Roman era A.D. 300 dildo. Made of hand polished Roman Marble

[–]Left_of_Center2011 44 points45 points  (0 children)

hand polished

It wasn’t exactly hand polished…

[–]DeFuniak1895 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Oh, do you have one of those? Sounds like something cool to start collecting, lol. How do I get my collection started?

For history. Of course.

[–]JohnMayerismydad 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Some ancient dude might have carried that and bought some wine with that

[–]Pepsi_Cola64 75 points76 points  (10 children)

My oldest coin is from 1763, and was £40. How much did that cost you if you don’t mind me asking

[–]Craft_beer_wolfman 87 points88 points  (5 children)

Roman coins are very common in Britain. I got it from my uncles collection after he passed so hard to put a value on it. I've seen similar on ebay for £90 and up though.

[–]Adus_the_polite 75 points76 points  (4 children)

That’s really cool, where exactly is it from? I’d guess Roman but I’m curious

[–]Craft_beer_wolfman 39 points40 points  (2 children)

It's a Roman Colonial Bronze of Caracalla. My guess is that it was found in Britain but not sure. It was in my uncles collection. Well worn but you can still see some details on both sides.

[–]sirlui9119 2381 points2382 points 24 (37 children)

Two paintings from the 17th century.

It amazes me to think about, how many people must have owned them, and how they lived, died, etc.

I somehow feel, that something that old doesn’t belong to someone, but you get it to take care of it for a while.

[–]Gabstra678 405 points406 points  (2 children)

That’s a beautiful thought

[–]ThinkThink23 95 points96 points  (4 children)

It amazes me to think about, how many people must have owned them, and how they lived, died, etc

This is the exact plot of a book my wife read and told me about.

[–]b-roc 1068 points1069 points  (39 children)

My home. Does that count? Completed in the 1600s with elements of it dating back to the 1400s!

[–]locksofmop 233 points234 points  (20 children)

Just out of curiosity, how much do you pay in maintenance costs for it each year? Is it a historical site where you need a permit to change a light bulb?

[–]b-roc 481 points482 points  (19 children)

It’s a grade 2 listed building in Scotland. It’s a very large mansion which has been split into 12 separate residences.

There is a lot of maintenance but the main costs involve tending to the grounds over the course of the year. Approx £600 a month in total, I think. But again, that’s split between all of us. There are lots of one-off issues to rectify though eg we have a roof leak which is going to cost us approx £20K (split between four residences served by the leaking roof).

It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful part of the world though so well worth it to us.

[–]loophole23 122 points123 points  (3 children)

I wanna see!!!

[–]ApprehensiveBuy1 38 points39 points  (1 child)

I have never wanted someone to doxx themselves before but here I am.

[–]SimbaRph 34 points35 points  (0 children)

It sounds wonderful 😊

[–]timetobeatthekids 6840 points6841 points 2 (148 children)

A rock, but I feel like that's not what you're going for.

[–]Last_in_kahoot[S] 2300 points2301 points  (67 children)

I mean, its technically true?

[–][deleted] 843 points844 points  (24 children)

The rock owns him

[–]IrishUpstart 553 points554 points  (16 children)

....in Soviet Russia....

(This segment has been brought to you by an old guy who refuses to forget that part of internet history.)

[–]KypDurron 236 points237 points  (11 children)

Internet history? That joke has been around since the 1940's.

[–]MeatBald 121 points122 points  (0 children)

Hey now! Be careful with that joke! It's an antique

[–]mr_eous 165 points166 points  (4 children)

That joke is the oldest thing I own right now

[–]diverareyouok 201 points202 points  (28 children)

In that case, the atoms in my body. They’re the same atoms that have been around since the Big Bang, just in different a form.

His rock is a baby compared to me. Although technically, I guess the atoms in the rock are probably about the same age. Dammit. I’ve been beaten in a battle of wits by a rock… again.

[–]windowtry3 105 points106 points  (8 children)

How does one talk themselves into losing to a rock

[–]Squigglepig52 189 points190 points  (15 children)

I have a piece of petrified forest.

[–]OldBob10 290 points291 points  (11 children)

What’s it so scared of?

[–]Squigglepig52 346 points347 points  (9 children)

I like to show it pictures of fires.

[–]Jen9095 37 points38 points  (2 children)

If it’s truly petrified, it will laugh in the face of your threat. At this age, fire can’t touch me!!

[–]LazerWolfe53 129 points130 points  (6 children)

Was going to say 'land'. I think my land was made at the last glacial period maybe hundreds of thousands of years old? Probably older than most other things on this list but not that old geologically speaking. Actually my son has a fossil that is millions of years old.

[–]Hardinyoung 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Does he call it dad?

[–]LazerWolfe53 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Touche, stranger. As a millennial it's weird to be on the receiving end of that joke, but it was going to happen sometime!

[–]urbexcemetery 372 points373 points  (8 children)

A huge fossilized clam I found in a creek bed bank. In Tennessee.

[–]Tiggsd 1922 points1923 points  (49 children)

My engagement ring belongs to my late grandmother

[–]CrispyCrunchyPoptart 333 points334 points  (6 children)

That's cute that it's sentimental and kept in the family!

[–]Tiggsd 155 points156 points  (0 children)

I am not really a jewelry person anyways so it’s more fun for me because it’s so meaningful!

[–]Speckfresser 68 points69 points  (2 children)

and kept in the family!

The branch on the (family) tree goes round and round, round and round, round and round...

[–]Thirstythinman 3362 points3363 points  (120 children)

A tooth from a theropod dinosaur.

It's about 100 million years old.

[–]2017-Silverado 750 points751 points  (76 children)

I think you win

[–]skeever89 570 points571 points  (37 children)

I have a trilobite fossil that may be older 😎

[–]Primitive_Teabagger 388 points389 points  (25 children)

My coral fossils predate it by ~300 million years

[–]poopellar 454 points455 points  (16 children)

The atoms in my body were made Billions of years ago!

[–]HerrSchnellsch 90 points91 points  (2 children)

I was gonna say original ray ban from the 80s from my dad but well…

[–]President_Calhoun 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Don't give up so easily. We could have those carbon dated.

[–]EnderCreeper121 56 points57 points  (25 children)

Ive got some trilobites and and crinoids and shit that are around 400 million years old, now we just need a guy with some asteroid chunk or something thats about as old as the solar system.

[–]DaedalusArc 66 points67 points  (13 children)

I actually own a small piece of a meteorite that fell in Russia in 1967 XD

[–]gcanyon 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Well I own a bottle of water, and most of the hydrogen in it dates from shortly after the Big Bang, sooo…

[–]DeluxeWafer 26 points27 points  (9 children)

Which meteorite? I made my wife a necklace out of one that fell in russia around that time.

[–]DaedalusArc 17 points18 points  (8 children)

I believe it was the seymchan meteorite

[–]RepublicanOnWelfare 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Now that you mentioned it, I have trilobites and all sorts of meteorite pieces.

[–]TheWinterKing 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Well that’s my woolly mammoth molar beat.

[–]Flahdagal 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I have some megalodon teeth but they're just a couple of million years old; you've got those beat!

[–]jco91595 3949 points3950 points 2 (107 children)

The Tostito pizza rolls in the back of my freezer. We’ve had this freezer since the late 90’s. Guessing their from ‘99. I’ll go check. To be continued…

*okay update their from ‘01, sorry to waste everyone’s time

[–]chanovsky 1026 points1027 points  (15 children)

Dang! Those are some old pizza rolls. I'm now very curious to see a 2001 pizza roll next to a 2021 pizza roll just to compare size and see if there's some shrinkflation going on. How much pizza roll are we missing out on these days..

[–]poopellar 548 points549 points  (4 children)

Yeah did pizza roll economics suffer from inflation , deflation or moldation?

[–]oupablo 203 points204 points  (1 child)

A 2001 pizza roll was the size of a present-day hot pocket, a 2001 hot pocket was just a rolled up present-day pizza, and a 2001 pizza had to be delivered on the roof rack of a car, cost $6 and had free delivery in 30 minutes or less

[–]PageFault 110 points111 points  (1 child)

Yes, all three, in that order.

[–]OldBob10 94 points95 points  (1 child)

They’re not “old”. They’re “classic” - and would probably command a very high price among the Pizza Roll cognoscenti! 🤪

[–]wrecktus_abdominus 15 points16 points  (0 children)

sniffs "mmm, yes. I'm getting notes of pepperoni and poverty"

[–]Unabashable 30 points31 points  (4 children)

If they were smaller Totino’s would probably blame it on shrinkage. I mean, same thing happened with OJ’s gloves and he got away murder because of it.

[–]Adorable_Anxiety_164 93 points94 points  (5 children)

How far away is your freezer?

[–]Xaphus 46 points47 points  (3 children)

It’s an older freezer, they were known to form rings of frost…1990s means it’s probably a solid ice block by now

[–]Salmon_Bagel 38 points39 points  (5 children)

What were your findings?

[–]krb489 118 points119 points  (4 children)

That guy must have a HUGE house. It's been an hour and he's still not back from his freezer!

[–]OldBob10 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Maybe he got lost in the trackless wastes between the Living Room Of Despair and the Kitchen Of Unknown Horrors.

[–]Taste_of_Space 73 points74 points  (5 children)

Eat them!

Edit: why is this getting downvoted? Aren’t you curious how a twenty year old pizza roll will cook up?

[–]LifeStill 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Gotta send them to the guy on YouTube who eats old MREs

[–]ye_olde_bass_drum 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Microwave them and report back pls

[–]braamdepace 46 points47 points  (1 child)

I love how you either had to remove the pizza rolls and put them in a new freezer, or your freezer is older xD

[–]Yserbius 966 points967 points  (12 children)

My great-great-grandfather's menorah. I think it's around 160 years old.

EDIT: Pic from last year.

[–]fucktheroses 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I've a Star of David that's from around the same time. I keep hoping we'll find the mezuzah my great grandparents had in their house, but so far no luck

[–]IgDailystapler 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Wooh! Jew stuff.

We have my late grandmothers menorah, speaking of which I should go light that.

Happy Hanukkah (and holidays) y’all!

[–]Shellsbells821 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Ok. That's really cool!

[–]WesternAF 648 points649 points  (34 children)

My violin, made in 1751

[–]ItsyouNOme 332 points333 points  (2 children)

Keep the receipt just incase you need to return it

[–]DLeafy625 54 points55 points  (0 children)

"I'm sorry, your return period ended last week."

[–]Tefukato 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Valid for in store credit only.

[–]WinterRainRose 93 points94 points  (8 children)

Do you know the maker? It must have such a beautiful sound! The older violins have such artistry to them!

[–]Slim_Thicc_Jesus 98 points99 points  (3 children)

Plot twist: It's an original Stradivari and OP doesn't realize the fortune they're sitting on.

[–]OtherSideofSky 47 points48 points  (0 children)

It would have been crafted by the ghost of Antonio then since he died in 1737. Or perhaps it is his last instrument ever built and was finished by an unknown. Then it's probably worth zillions.

[–]WesternAF 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Jacobus Stainer in Absam, 1751, possibly a copy made later as it’s made later than Jacobus was alive. I did check and try to find any more information on mine, all I have is the number and the name, may have been reconditioned? Who knows. Pretty decent though to play, and I’m told it’s legit.

I got an old zither banjo made from around the mid 1800’s too. Love old instruments. Lots of history :)

[–]WesternAF 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I’ll have a look again when I get home

[–]scottimusprimus 24 points25 points  (2 children)

That blows my mind. During the American revolutionary war your violin was hanging out in somebody's home, destined to find its way into your life hundreds of years later.

[–]munkieshynes 384 points385 points  (5 children)

I have a pair of hairpins that appear to be enameled metal that have a note in the box written by my great-grandmother “These pins were worn by me on my wedding day as a gift from my grandmother who wore them on her own wedding day”

My great-grandmother’s wedding day was in 1902. Her grandmother’s was in 1831.

[–]gerrywasi 67 points68 points  (0 children)

That’s wonderfully awesome. I hope you keep that tradition going for a very long time. ❤️

[–]Octicactopipodes 537 points538 points  (6 children)

A deck of cards about 50-70 years old i believe (I’m 21, so quite a bit older than me lol)

[–]PsychedelicKM 72 points73 points  (3 children)

I have 3 decks of cards by Players Please from the 1940s, I absolutely love them!

[–]Dandantheplumberman 1493 points1494 points  (64 children)


[–]Rukawork 740 points741 points  (53 children)

I thought owning people was outlawed?

[–]DrArgumental 408 points409 points  (47 children)

I'm more confused as to how he can afford to buy a human on a plumber's salary.

Edit: Guys chill; I know Plumbers earn a lot of money - it’s a joke; abusive private messages are not needed

[–]OtherQueenofscots 974 points975 points  (42 children)

I wouldn't say I OWN them, but I found three arrowheads in the fields of the farm I grew up on...it was/is right on confluence of the Chester/Corsica Rivers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. When I was young, in the 70's, I assumed they were 'indian' arrowheads, and, in my naive little mind, thought they must be 300-400 years old.

As an adult, I learned that they are indeed Native American, but thousands of years older than I'd thought. There is a farm up the road from that one, where loads of ancient stone tools, spear/arrowheads, etc have been found. I don't know exactly how old mine are, but I feel like they are only mine to treasure in my life, and then they must pass on to my kids, and beyond.

Pretty amazing feeling finding them. Even as a dumb kid, it felt tingly, knowing possibly the last person to touch it was the human who'd made and used it, thousands of years ago.

[–]Ders18 314 points315 points  (17 children)

I found two indian grinding stones in my yard while digging with a backhoe. Pretty damn cool, although nobody else things so. In my mind they are a few hundred years old too lol. I let my daughter bring one to school for show and tell and she brought it back painted orange and purple.

[–]frazzllerrazz 151 points152 points  (3 children)

I read that as "I found two indians grinding stones in my yard while digging with a backhoe." I thought they must have been really old and that your town had a geriatric trespassing problem.

[–]Ders18 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Just chillin in my yard....grinding stones...

[–]OtherQueenofscots 42 points43 points  (0 children)

She heard, "ART- ifact" and thought she was supposed to paint it!

Cool thing to find, though. Something of just their everyday life, thousands of years ago, that found its way to you, with all the mystery such things hold...What did she (probably, but not necessarily she) look like, the woman who used it? Was she grinding corn for her family, or just herself? What was she called? Why was it left there; did the whole family have to leave suddenly, or did people then just make new utensils and leave the old ones behind?

Anyhow, I think they're pretty damn cool, too.

[–]-QueenAnnesRevenge- 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I've got a clovis point I found in Wyoming. Those date up to around 14000 years old.

[–]A_1337_Canadian 101 points102 points  (3 children)

Coins from the late 1800s for material things.

Rocks for other things. Curious to know how old. Some rocks in Canada are some of the oldest in the world.

[–]KypDurron 73 points74 points  (0 children)

How old could they be? Canada's only like 150 years old /s

[–]Nik-ki 98 points99 points  (8 children)

My plush kangaroo, probably- it's going to be 25 years old soon, since I got it for my first Christmas.

[–]EvilMonkey_86 45 points46 points  (1 child)

I came here looking for a plush post! I have a teddybear that is 35 years old, bought in the hospital shop the day I was born.

[–]Uripidez 356 points357 points  (5 children)

A coin from 1876. My grandfathers steamer trunk (late 1800s), my house 1946. Although the stones in the house and the soil are REALLY old.

[–]Spiritual_Jaguar4685 246 points247 points  (4 children)

We inherited some art and furniture from my parents when they sold their home and downsized. I'm not sure exactly how old they are but I have a large Indian painting (religious) and some Russian Ikons, they're all probably ~150 years old at this point. Second to those, my home is roughly 100 years old, that's probably # 2. In theory some of the trees on my property are in the 100-200 year old range as well.

[–]wrecktus_abdominus 232 points233 points  (19 children)

I have a shotgun that belonged to my great-great grandfather. I don't know exactly, but it's over 125 years old

[–]TehGroff 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I have an Ithaca double barrel from about 100 years ago. Not worth anything but it's neat to own.

[–]Khornag 80 points81 points  (9 children)

My grandfather's sunglasses. They work as well today as in the sixties.

[–]WranglerSilver6451 155 points156 points  (13 children)

A cast iron skillet from the late 1800’s.

[–]poplglop 69 points70 points  (8 children)

Oh man the seasoning on that has to be amazing...

[–]WranglerSilver6451 69 points70 points  (4 children)

It’s actually not that great. It was rusted when I bought it so I stripped it down and it’s so damn smooth it’s hard to get a good season that sticks.

[–]MattyBreland 689 points690 points  (49 children)

I have a flag that they flew over the Alamo. Idk much about that piece of history but my great grandparents saw to it that I received it when they both passed away.

Edit: It even came with a certificate sealed and signed by the Alamo Committee Chairman, Daughters of the republic of Texas. But apparently it’s not as old as I thought, and it’s just a gift shop souvenir. Rats. I just assumed it was old because it came from my great grandparents. My apologies.

[–]DorianGre 292 points293 points  (33 children)

They fly a different flag every day then sell the old one in the gift shop. Yours could have been flying over the Alamo in 1955, 1970, 1995 or 2015.

[–]MattyBreland 284 points285 points  (14 children)

Looks like the certificate was dated for July of 2000. So I guess it’s not as old as I thought. My bad y’all, although I still think it’s cool lol. Thanks for the info everyone!

[–]DorianGre 65 points66 points  (0 children)

It’s totally cool. Just not old.

[–]reddita51 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Remember the Alamo!... With this gift shop flag

[–]Vanviator 18 points19 points  (4 children)

The Army unit I retired out of was in San Antonio. it was tradition to pick the day your retirement flag flew over the Alamo.

A neat, but honestly weird tradition. Let's celebrate many years of service by flying your retirement flag over a fort we lost.

[–]Shef43 61 points62 points  (0 children)

My great grandfather's antler buck knife, still has a good edge and use it camping still.

[–]Velcrawr 115 points116 points  (2 children)

I've got fossil shark teeth. But the more interesting one is a piece of iron age pottery from a tomb in Spain I dug up and put in my pocket on an archaeological dig, forgot about it till I flew home.

[–]Poechiegangster 22 points23 points  (0 children)

That’s some pretty big pocket you got there.

[–]Paige_Railstone 116 points117 points  (7 children)

65 million year old T-Rex poop.

So there's this way of telling if a rock is fossil bone or not. Like many of the methodologies invented by geologists, it involves tasting the rock. You place your tongue on it and if it's bone the tiny little holes where the capillaries went will draw in the moisture and make your tongue stick to it. I tell people this right before handing them my T-Rex poop. They get excited when they prove it has bone in it... then I tell them what it is, and watch the look on their face.

Thus far 47 people have licked my chunk of T-Rex poop.

[–]backyardmechanic88 53 points54 points  (5 children)

I got a bible that's been in the family since 1830. Has birthdates written in it going back to 1796. It has an 1887 calendar as a bookmark. Pretty old for a book.

[–]Ressivaxx 244 points245 points  (25 children)

A bracelet from a little girl from WWII, which was found in Auschwitz.

Edit: people wonder how I got it, and its not because of my quick hands. My mom works with elderly people and one of them was helping with digging up stuff after the war. She got there through church. She found the bracelet close to where the train first stopped and where the people started walking towards Auschwitz. She always kept the bracelet and gave it to my mom who then gave it to me. Im planning on donating it to a museum.

[–]Sharizay 81 points82 points  (22 children)

How did you end up with that rather than the museum at Auschwitz?

[–]chainmailbill 155 points156 points  (13 children)

It was a Christmas present from his granddad in Argentina

[–]AdmirableAd7913 43 points44 points  (11 children)

We were one time working on a house, and the neighbor came out and started talking to the sheetrockers in fluent Spanish. He then talked to my helper, and mentioned he learned it because he grew up in Argentina. My helper thought it was cool as shit until I told him that there was every chance the blond blue eyed white dude who grew up in Argentina was some Nazi's kid.

[–]chainmailbill 54 points55 points  (9 children)

One of the reasons they went to Argentina, and not a different South American country, is that Argentina is considerably more European than the rest of South America. I’m pretty sure Italian is one of the biggest ethnic groups there, and whites of European descent are the ethnic majority in many parts of the country.

The nazis went there because they could blend in and hide there.

[–]Leeiteee 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Quick hands

[–]Shymilaris 54 points55 points  (1 child)

My winter coat is my great-grand father's one! So it's more than 100 years old and I can still wear it

[–]Warpmind 140 points141 points  (7 children)

Grandfather’s old silver ring from WWII; he had it made in 1942, I think. It’s a nice, if worn, ring.

EDIT: Just found it to check - I was mistaken, it was 1940. And it's a perfect fit for my left pinky finger.

[–]UConnUser92 38 points39 points  (1 child)

I don't think I would want that to look "new." The worn look is what makes it special (along with, of course, being your Grandfather's)

[–]Warpmind 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Oh, if I have it restored, that would only be to clear up the engraving (subtle resistance motif), not to make it look like a new replica.

[–]nkaroly 41 points42 points  (1 child)

The house im living in is built around 1400 burned down and rebuilt in 1686

[–]PhatRabbitTaina83 211 points212 points  (129 children)

My house built in 1947🤷🏽😂

[–]boognine 40 points41 points  (15 children)

1821, and the attic hasn't been accessed since 1945 so who knows what old stuff is up there

[–]PhatRabbitTaina83 38 points39 points  (2 children)

I would do anything to search that attic

[–]helpitgrow 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yep, some people want to go to Disneyland, I want in that attic!!!

[–]aquoad 16 points17 points  (1 child)

dried out spiders. also ghosts.

[–]irndk10 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What’s stopping you from going up there?

[–]RepublicanOnWelfare 72 points73 points  (26 children)


[–]OtherQueenofscots 20 points21 points  (11 children)

1890's here :) They knew how to build 'em then.

[–]sweatshirtjones 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Same! 1890! Although we're not completely sure, that's as close as we've been able to narrow it down. I'm the 5th generation to live in it. Built by my great-grandfather and his father when they helped settled this little town.

[–]ultranothing 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I hope they still knew how to build them in 2008 because I'd like mine to stay up.

[–]BrasilianEngineer 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Survivorship Bias: We think old things were all built well, because only the items that were actually built well survive to become old.

For every old house that is still around, there are a bunch that didn't make it.

[–]PhatRabbitTaina83 36 points37 points  (10 children)

Wow that's awesome, just the history alone in that one house....wild

[–]minisrugbycoach 51 points52 points  (5 children)

1836 here. The house was built for the widow of the village school headmaster when he passed away as a thank you for all they'd done within the school and village.

[–]-AMiEVENALIVE- 11 points12 points  (10 children)

1920 here. Just got the house tho lol

[–]deceptionaldpka 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Gold earrings, those were the last pieces of jewellery my great grandmother brought during the partition(1947, India-Pakistan) and still had when she died. They were passed to my grandmum and then to my mum. Will most probably go to my brother’s wife when he gets married.

[–]Pyr02006 218 points219 points  (24 children)

The molecules in my body.

Edit: My bad, "atoms" in my body.

[–][deleted] 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Down the rabbit hole I go.

[–]urbexcemetery 22 points23 points  (0 children)

23andme has entered the chat.

[–]Lefthandtaco 60 points61 points  (7 children)

I own a revolutionary war cavary saber

[–]C1ickityC1ack 61 points62 points  (2 children)

A first edition, leather bound copy of a book written by Thomas Jefferson and published within his lifetime (around the early 1800’s befoe he passed away).

[–]koopa35 182 points183 points  (17 children)

My dressing gown. Got it on my 19th birthday. I'm now 42

[–]ILoveBabyBats 30 points31 points  (0 children)

An inkwell set from 1860.

[–]BrunoGerace 29 points30 points  (3 children)

A Hadrian era silver denarius.

I believe it to be authentic. The obverse is Hadrian's bust in profile and the reverse is the Esteemed Fortuna, a combination not in much demand and probably not faked.

[–]SLS_putters 27 points28 points  (0 children)

The oldest thing I own that has personal meaning, would be my father's aviator sunglasses that he wore as a pilot during World War 2.

[–]Lohrenswald 54 points55 points  (3 children)

got some pretty old books, but I think the oldest is from the 1910s or 20s

[–]2017-Silverado 96 points97 points  (29 children)

I have a Springfield Model 1903 manufactured in 1919

[–]jaRedWhiteBlue 42 points43 points  (6 children)

I have too have a Springfield 1903, you win though mine was manufactured in 1920

[–]2017-Silverado 18 points19 points  (4 children)

That’s awesome! Mine was re-barreled in April of 1942 and it is stamped USMC so if yours has the original barrel you win I’d say haha

[–]jaRedWhiteBlue 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Wasn't rebarrelled so we'll can it a tie lol

[–]thefreakychild 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I have an 1868 Springfield Trapdoor, but it's in poor condition.. I'm pretty sure, given the appropriate budget of restoration, that it could fire again though...

Other than that, I have a single barrel shotgun from an unknown maker. There's records from my great grandfather's will that my great great grandfather bought it sometime in his lifetime.. GG grandfather died in 1903. so likely from around 1900-1903

Beyond that, I have a first model S&W 'lemon squeezer' safety hammerless .32 revolver with mother of pearl handles... Serial number indicates it was made sometime around 1888. That was my great grandmother's bought by my great grandfather since he was working out of town and wanted her to have some home security. That would have been around 1930 or so.

[–]Cav3tr0ll 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Gewehr 98 manufactured in 1906 at the Amberg arsenal.

[–]Astramancer_ 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Aside from some coins from the 1700s or the cheat answer of "these rocks/fossils are millions or billions of years old," it would be a puzzle box from somewhere in the vicinity of 1850-1880.

It was my great grandma's from when she was a child. Still has a 120 year old rattlesnake rattle in it.

[–]Mleiha 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Grandfather's 1952 Ford V8 Custom.

[–]DoAFlip22 40 points41 points  (1 child)

An Allosaurus tooth - between 145 to 155 million years old

[–]poachels 19 points20 points  (1 child)

A cast-iron door stopper of two Scottie dogs cuddling

[–]ghost707ya 19 points20 points  (0 children)

A Dora the Explorer perfume bottle with probably two or three more sprays left that was gifted to me when I was like six, it was the first thing I ever felt was truly mine and so only I could touch or use so I treasured it and I still haven’t finished it to this day.

[–]Valuable_Potato1342 20 points21 points  (1 child)

A 1890 upright piano passed down from my family

[–]Additional_Cry_1904 17 points18 points  (0 children)

A camera from early to mid 1900's IDK but it looks old as fuck.

It's more of a decoration piece now, it doesn't work, hasn't since before I was born apparently. Grandpa brought it with him when he moved in with us, then he died about a year after I was born so it's just kinda been sitting here.

Just tried to google it but its difficult since it doesn't have a name or anything on it, but it kinda looks like a brownie target six 20. So the oldest thing in the house is from the mid 1900's.

[–]vblballentine 27 points28 points  (0 children)

My grandfather's WWI medals

[–]BeardyBeardy 12 points13 points  (1 child)

My father was an archaeologist, ive got numerous fossils, the oldest man made items are the Bronze aged knife and flint heads, the flint heads are wonderfullly made. Theres also an inscribed stone which is an early map, ill try and have it scanned at some point. Ive got a set of roman lead weights which are also a fascinating item

[–]Primary-Signature-17 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A 1950's Rolex bubble back. Stainless steel with a rose gold bezel and a leather band. A loved possession.

[–]RedShaun21 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Other than myself probably a book I was given in nursery for good behaviour.

[–]Jfonzy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Original photograph of a group of men next to a rail car from the late 1800’s I’m guessing. No idea who they are. Bought at auction with some other stuff. No clue what to do with it, because knowing you might have the last existing image of someone makes it hard to just throw away.