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Chris G
Checking this for another poster on a detecting forum. Your help is, as always, much appreciated.

Found in a stream in Essex. Diameter is 10.5mm to 9.5mm end to end. Hole diameter is 2.6mm and goes right through. Described as a little harder than chalk.
Had various guesses from fossil, belemnite, clay pipe and insulator.
What do the fossil brains think.

Thanks,

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nomadiclifeguide
From what I can see of the cross section I really don't think it's a belemnite. Could we see a close up of the cross section? 
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Dirty Pete
I'd go for man made. Machined cylinder of marble/alabaster maybe for.......(insert guess here)..........

Pete
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Chris G
From what I can see of the cross section I really don't think it's a belemnite. Could we see a close up of the cross section? 


I'll ask for another picture. I'm with you on this. I've picked up loads over the years and never had one with a hole down the middle.
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Chris G
Dirty Pete wrote:
I'd go for man made. Machined cylinder of marble/alabaster maybe for.......(insert guess here)..........

Pete


I agree - my thought was a porcelain or china wire insulator.
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Chris G
Thanks for the help. I'll see if they want to take it further but I think your collective expertise is saying it isn't a fossil.
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Weald on Bed
Stream-eroded clay pipe stem. Relatively large hole, so probably 18th century - later ones had increasingly finer holes, as manufacturing techniques improved.
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Chris G
Thanks Weald on Bed. I'll let him know.
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prep01
Clay pipe stem or at least part of one
Colin Huller
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Anonymous
Could be a bead from an ancient necklace.
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