A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!
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    May 2010
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    A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!

    I was fifteen years old in 1976 when I found this beautiful 1973 Lakewood High School class ring. I was detecting a small Cleveland park located on the boarder of Cleveland and the suburb of Lakewood. I was hunting with my old Garrett BFO in an area which had yielded more than a few pocket spills in the past; the result of many years’ worth of football games between the neighborhood kids. From the depth at which it was buried, I knew that the former owner could not have had it for very long. When I took it home and cleaned it up I discovered a name engraved on the inside of the band. I showed it to my parents and my mom said: “well, we have to find the guy who owns that ring,” so we got out the local white pages and started making calls to everyone with the same last name as the one on the ring. No one seemed to know who this person was. I guess it hadn’t dawned on either of us that we could have possibly located the owner through Lakewood High School but eventually we gave up and the ring was tossed in a cigar box with the rest of my finds and forgotten. A few years later I put my Garrett away for the winter and it was forgotten also. I rediscovered metal detecting earlier this year and that brought to mind the fact that I still had the ring. I decided to start searching for the owner again. It didn’t take long to find him. The first place I looked was on Facebook and there he was! The name was the same and his profile stated that he graduated from Lakewood High School in 1973. I sent him a message and told him the story of the ring and he was pretty stunned. He told me that he had gotten the ring in the fall of 1972 when he began his senior year at Lakewood. He lost it at the park during soccer practice exactly two weeks later. He said that he was devastated at the time. I can understand that; class rings were a big deal back then, maybe they still are. We made a date to meet and return the ring. On Saturday, August 28th we got together at a small Italian restaurant along with our wives and spent three hours talking about the past and having a good time. I got a free lunch, he got his ring back.
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    Re: A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!

    Well done!
    2020 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Republic of Texas Navy Cuff Button
    US Civil War Belt Plate
    Eagle Breastplate
    Three Louisiana Pelican Cuff Buttons
    Louisiana Pelican Coat Button
    Shield from an 1820-30 Artillery Shako Cap Badge
    Corps of Artillerists and Engineers Button 1798-1802
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    One CW eagle cuff button
    French Navy Equipages de Ligne button (1 piece, 1830-40s)
    New York Staff Officer Cuff Button
    Colonial silver sleeve link/button made from a half real
    Monogrammed Silver Love Token
    M1858 Remington Revolver Trigger Guard
    Silver spoon made by Alexander McGrew 1805-1836
    Coin Silver mid-1800s "Fede Ring"
    1820s-30s silver eyeglasses frame fragment
    End of a gold crucifix or mechanical pencil
    Tip of a silver mechanical pencil
    William IV farthing (1830-1837)
    dateless half real
    half-cut half real (“quarter real”)
    1781 and 1807 half reales
    1840 quarter franc French silver
    1850 20 centimes French silver
    1851-O, 1852 three cent silver and a dateless 1/4 of a three cent silver
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    1874, 1891-O, one dateless Seated Liberty Dime, and one dateless half-cut Seated Liberty Dime
    1877-CC and 1875 Seated Quarters
    1892-O, 1899 and 1906-O Barber Quarters
    1940 Washington Quarter
    1942-P, two 1943-S and two 1943-P War Nickels
    shotgun breechblock
    iron prisoner shackles
    picket pin
    Spurs
    Plantation tokens
    Minieballs, Beefaloes, V and Shield Nickels, and some GawGag


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  3. #3
    Felinepeachy

    Re: A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!

    Very Cool!!

  4. #4
    us
    Apr 2008
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    Re: A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!

    Outstanding job and good story!!!

    Welcome back to detecting!
    God bless our veterans! Thank you for your sacrifices!

  5. #5
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    Bobby Bridge

    Jun 2010
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    Re: A Ring Returned - 38 Years Later!

    I am almost shure that is a lunch that he will always rember
    Be safe out there folks

 

 

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