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  1. #1
    Oct 2008
    Northern California
    Fisher F75 LTD, Tek Omega, Garrett AT-Pro & Minelab E-trac
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Indian Trade Silver Found - how to date?

    I went on a roadtrip with a detecting buddy to check out some sites we had researched, and found a piece of Indian Trade Silver (not common to find in California). The site was on a fur trading route, and early emigrant route.

    This was about 8" deep, tarnished and dirty, I initially thought it was a piece of junk until I got it home and looked at it closer. Then under magnification I noticed it was engraved, and cleaned it up with some baking soda and water. If you click on the image it will enlarge to see better details.

    Does anyone have any idea as to its age? I'm assuming it's fur trading era, late 1700's to early 1800's?

    Thanks for looking, and happy hunting!

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  2. #2
    Feb 2011
    white's mxt pro
    23 times
    Relic Hunting

    Re: Indian Trade Silver Found - how to date?

    very nice, that is what i am looking for!

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
    3125 times
    Banner Finds (3)

    Re: Indian Trade Silver Found - how to date?

    Nah, it's modern aluminum with factory made teensy hash marks. Throw it back. Sorry 'bout that
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  4. #4

    Oct 2007
    Tesoro Silver UMax
    28 times
    It sure looks like silver and the engravings could easily be from the 1700s-1800s. I've never seen trade silver so heavily decorated, but then again I'm most familiar with what's found here in the East. Cool find!

  5. #5
    Sep 2007
    wakeman, ohio
    J.W.FISHERS pulse 8x
    42 times
    try finding some books through your local library,
    trade silver by robert c alberts
    indian trade implements by charles e brown
    canadian silversmiths by john e langdon
    indian trade goods by arthur woodward
    montreal trade silver by ramsay traquair
    hope this helps
    them that dive will be the lucky ones !!

  6. #6
    Jan 2011
    459 times
    Try this.Click image for larger version. 

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  7. #7
    Nov 2009
    Hawthorne Nv.
    Whites Spectrum xlt Minelab Xt 18000
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Cal Cobra, I know nothing of trade silver but found this piece about 10 years ago, Your design is what made me think of it ,But mine is made of lead I think, very bendable. Found not far from it was a piece of brass opium container lid with chinese writing on it. For some reason I cant get the pic to post
    Last edited by Sklybones; Apr 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM. Reason: wont let me post picture

  8. #8
    Nov 2009
    Hawthorne Nv.
    Whites Spectrum xlt Minelab Xt 18000
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

  9. #9

    May 2012
    5435 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Try a magnet

  10. #10
    Feb 2012
    CTX 3030; The only metal detector I'll ever need
    595 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Really nice piece of silver.



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