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    Exclamation Mission Accomplished! - Vintage 1953 Class Ring Returned!

    I have discovered the identity of the original owner of the ring. Please see my update in the thread below.

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    Hunting Buddy Whiskey Delta and I spent the day hunting a couple of old school sites near home.

    He struck silver first, digging a small, thin, flattened sterling ring out on the old baseball field.

    A few minutes later I got a jumpy signal in the silver dime / quarter range on my E-Trac. I cut my plug and out popped this baby!


    It is a 1953 sterling class ring from the no-longer-existent Lacey Junior High School. The owner of this ring would now be around 72-73 years old!

    The crest was actually off of the ring. I had to search deeper in the hole to find it, then I repaired and reattached it when I got home.

    Here is a side view, with a beautiful masted ship or schooner.


    Here is a shot of the maker's stamp. I've researched the company and can find no records of it.


    Now my research begins. There are initials inside the ring. I know a teacher who works at the school located on this site. I am hoping that they have some old yearbooks in the library. I just might be able to figure out an owner.

    How cool would that be? Returning a junior high ring 60 years later ...

    Whiskey Delta had the find of the day, though. Just as we were getting ready to go he got a "squeaker" of a signal, nice and deep. He pulled a gorgeous, very worn and thin 1907 Barber Dime! He wid the Whiskey Delta ugly version of the happy dance.
    Last edited by KYshooter; Nov 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM.
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    us
    Jul 2012
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    Great Find! I hope you can find the owner, that would be very nice to see you return it. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    Keith

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    Great find! Can't wait to find my first class ring. HH

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    that's a cool find. from the wear on the ring, it must have been worn for a few years before it was lost. would be cool to return it if possible. the person would be probably around 77 years old now if they are still living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelerguy View Post
    that's a cool find. from the wear on the ring, it must have been worn for a few years before it was lost. would be cool to return it if possible. the person would be probably around 77 years old now if they are still living.
    It's actually a junior high school ring, so I'm guessing that the owner was born in 1939 ... that would make them 14 in 1953, just finishing the 8th grade. Though, in those days 9th grade was sometimes considered "junior high." My best guess is that the owner is about 73, if still living.

    I've made a contact who gave me a couple more names to follow up with ... people who were students at the school during the 50's. I'm hoping there's still a yearbook around somewhere!
    http://www.kyshooter.net/

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    Bet the person or their family would love to have it back. Good luck...

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    Very cool, if you can return it to any of the surviving family, good luck...
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    us
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    That would be great to find the owner!!!

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Very cool, if you can return it to any of the surviving family, good luck...
    I made some major progress today! I got a contact who graduated from the school and knows a network of graduates. I should have an ID within a day or two.
    http://www.kyshooter.net/

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    us
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    Congrats on the great find and major kudos for working to return the ring! This hobby needs more folks like you. Keep us posted on this great story!

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    OWNER FOUND! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!

    This is getting exciting! My research team has located the owner of this ring. Unfortunately, he died at a relatively young age. However, I spoke to his older sister this evening. She is 75 years old and lives just a half-hour away. I'm meeting her in the morning and returning the ring that her brother lost over 55 years ago.

    I already have a snapshot of his picture in the 1952 yearbook. I'll include that with the story.

    I'll follow up with a full story and pictures tomorrow.
    http://www.kyshooter.net/

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    us
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    Congrats and very much looking forward to the story and photos!

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    us
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    Awesome! This story is great and I admire your desire this ring to his sister. It will create a memory for both you and her. Great job!

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    us
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    Love the ring!
    Don't see too many of those here.

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    Nick

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    Great find and story, KYshooter! You were smart to search the hole for the missing part when you found it and soooo lucky to find the owner.
    Nick

 

 
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