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    A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Went back to a few of my heavily hunted sites and went into super slow motion detecting mode and the results were great for spots that have been hit rather hard by me previously. I was hoping to get a Half Real at the sites, but to no avail this time. No coins to be had at all. (must mention these sites produced quite a bit of copper and silver over the years).

    So, I was pleasantly surprised with the high number of buttons and few relics that had eluded me previously, nothing special but a high number of Tombacs and only two buttons have any backmarks, one is a late 1790s button marked PLATED, but it is in a cartouche so I am certain it is 1790s most likely. The other backmarked button only had the quality words of BEST GILT, and that was found yesterday at the Tallyo site that has produced numerous early 1800 artifacts.

    Of interest is the suspender clip I found on Friday, it is still in working order, and not quite sure of the age, but it is in excellent condition. The other novelty from that old site is the very large 36mm design button that was purposely folded into a funnel like shape, purpose?? who knows, but not done by accident.

    The 3 pronged item, not sure if from old suspenders or shoe or other clothing fastener, it most likely was suspender clip part but just not sure. Overall some good digging, and more buttons from worked sites than I expected. My son was with me yesterday and he got 6 buttons and some pewter spoon parts.

    Don
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    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    those are some really nice relics !!!!
    ALLEN

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    You definitely dug enough targets to have a shot at a good keeper. I hope to see finds in that range my first new found site.

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Nice finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Finally in the 1700s

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Wow !! Those spots are worth hitting again and again........


    VPR

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Could the three-tined piece be part of a neck stock buckle? Actual size of the one shown below is 1" x 1-1/2", but of course they vary.

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK
    Could the three-tined piece be part of a neck stock buckle? Actual size of the one shown below is 1" x 1-1/2", but of course they vary.



    Well, I just happen to have one of those stock buckles, it is inside a shadow box on display but should be able to compare.

    OK, I compared and it is at least a half inch bigger than my stock buckle and I also measured it agains all my suspender type clips that have prongs and it is bigger (wider) than all of those also. (2 1/4" wide)

    Don
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Beautiful relics as always Don, especially the suspender buckle. Any one of those old buttons would have made my day. As for the funnel shaped button, maybe it was used as a decoration on a garment?, or possibly as a hair piece ornament?.

    James.
    HomesteadHunter.

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Nice finds, Don, for a heavily hunted site!

    Question for you......Do you and your son dig up a lot of the iron at your sites in hopes of finding some nice relics/coins hiding near/under it, or do you dig the iron only when you get fooled by iffy sounding pieces?

    HH,
    CAPTN SE
    Dan

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Captn_SE
    Nice finds, Don, for a heavily hunted site!

    Question for you......Do you and your son dig up a lot of the iron at your sites in hopes of finding some nice relics/coins hiding near/under it, or do you dig the iron only when you get fooled by iffy sounding pieces?

    HH,
    CAPTN SE
    Dan
    For the most part we do not encounter the great number of diggable iron pieces like Buckleboy and his group dig, guess the difference is not hunting old farm sites, but anyway, we usually only dig iffy iron signals that might be a coin or relic next to the iron. If an iron object is a good close solid reading, I will dig, that is how you get things like irons, iron trivets, cooking pots, horeseshoes, axe heads, etc. Most of our "iron hits" that we talk about are the constant one direction only non diggable hits, which after all these years not sure what causes such readings, they are not nails, since nails in all metal mode are diggable readings, and these iron hits for the most part are evidently just tiny, minute pieces of iron and they always indicate past human activity at the site.

    Most of these buttons were "iffy" good readings amongst those constant one way iron hits.

    Don
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Well said, Don. We of course dig lots of big iron because the iron masking here is so horrific, and the sites so iron-infested. It is usually worse in the woods than the plowed fields--since the plow seems to break up a halo somewhat, coupled with the fact that farmers frequently picked up big iron and tossed it out of their fields long ago.

    Those are some great finds, Don. That many targets coming from well-worked sites is wonderful. Any one of those could've been a small silver half dime or half real.


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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    nice finds

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Those are some great finds, Don, and it is always great to dig a lot of old buttons! That suspender buckle looks to be 1860-1880's by the design, but I was unable to find a picture of one similar to compare it to. You failed to report on the local tick population from your latest hunts, but we will let that slide this time!

    Happy Hunting!
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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Very, very nice indeed! All in great shape too! Congrats!
    Retired

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    Re: A few Buttons and Relics from last couple hunts (mostly late 1700s)

    Real nice oldies and they cleaned up great as well ... good luck on your next outing ~ Jimmy
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