This is the kind of item that gets a professional surveyor excited.
The DNR's Matt Dontz found this original cedar survey post in a stream near Atlanta, in Montmorency County recently. The General Land Office of the U.S. government did the survey of Michigan's townships in 1850. The post was set to mark a section, or quarter corner and were driven into the ground each half-mile. It was preserved by the water, Forestry and Surveying experts agree the find is extremely rare, even with today's GPS technology.
Because there's still time to sneak in a late Christmas gift...Uniquedaily.com suggests this piece of history as a gift idea. This retro brewery lamp features brewery bottles from 19th century Pre-Prohibition era. The lamp is constructed from American-made black iron piping while the vintage bottle is firmly secured by custom rubber gaskets that grasp the bottle without causing damage. A low wattage bulb is used to illuminate the bottle producing a warm ambient light. A rotating faucet handle serves as a switch to turn the light on and off. Power is supplied by a retro style cloth covered lamp cord and plug.