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    Royal Artillery Cross Belt Plate!!!!! BETTER PICTURE!!!

    What a day! Never in my life did I think I would ever dig one of these. I always wanted to find a belt plate but never thought I would find a marked belt plate! It is an officer's Royal Artillery cross belt plate from 1790-1810 era. It is bent but the detail is amazing. The picture does not do it justice. There are the three cannons of the Royal Artillery within a shield in the centre. At the top it is marked "Second Batt" with a flaming cannon ball between the wording. On the bottom it is marked "Royal Artillery". There is even some gilt left on the edge design!

    This was found on a site that we just got permission for today. We knew right away that we were on a site from the iron, glass and pottery. I managed a couple toe taps and a Speed the Plough token and Iron Patch found a few interesting things when I got a great signal...nice and shallow. I flipped the soil and there it was. I called Iron Patch and told him that I just found a belt plate! I actually did not know that it was at that time but knew that the shape was correct. I handed it to Iron Patch and he immediately saw the cannons in the center and proclaimed it a Royal Artillery belt plate!

    I was thrilled to say the least! I am told by an expert in the field that it is quite a rare find. This is by far my favorite find to date...one I will never part with. I am going to try to research the site and try to determine who may have lost it...should be fun.

    It is very difficult to photograph this thing due to the patina and the bend.
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    Instagram - @romeoonethree

  2. #2
    ca
    Nov 2008
    Amherstburg, Ontario
    Fisher F75.
    145
    3 times

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Romeo, I just had to post my sincere congrats to you on both forums. That is without doubt one of the best finds anybody could ever make. What are your plans for restoration and care?. And by the way........banner.......all the way.

    James.
    HomesteadHunter

  3. #3

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadHunter
    Romeo, I just had to post my sincere congrats to you on both forums. That is without doubt one of the best finds anybody could ever make. What are your plans for restoration and care?. And by the way........banner.......all the way.

    James.
    HomesteadHunter
    I was thinking about having it straightened but I am terrified that it would be returned to me in two pieces...
    Instagram - @romeoonethree

  4. #4

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!



    Still can't believe that thing popped up. Killer find!!!

    BANNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. #5
    us
    Please leave a ring after the beep!

    Sep 2004
    Aiken, SC
    Ace 250
    3,257
    123 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    I don't know much about War relics, but I can tell that you are beyond excited. Congrats to you......our hobby has ultimately paid off for you! Good job!!!

    HH,
    Moon
    Even the mightiest Oak in the forest is just a little nut that held it's ground!!

    Remember to take a walk in the shoes of a loser! Quote by Moonshadow 2/17

  6. #6

    Nov 2007
    Largo, Florida
    Whites Silver Eagle, DFX, Shadow X-2
    4,180
    675 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Have it professionally unbent! Find of the Year baby, submit to W&E.

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2009
    Long Beach CA.
    $49.99 Radio Shack
    223

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    NICE!
    This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life I've admired its color, its brilliance, its divine heaviness. I welcome any enterprise that will increase my stock... which is considerable.
    Auric Goldfinger

  8. #8

    Sep 2006
    Maine
    White's M6 & Prizm III
    1,442
    24 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (4)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    AWESOME find BB...CONGRATS!!! No question either...definite BANNER!!!
    So many promising sites to detect...so little time....

  9. #9
    us
    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
    Ace 250
    10,318
    30 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Definitely a nice find............... Vote for Banner too

  10. #10
    us
    Apr 2008
    Midwesterner
    DFX, Pro 6000XL, SunRay Probe, Centech Pinpointer
    3,545
    1291 times
    Banner Finds (4)
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Wow, I am not familiar with this type of relic but it sure sounds like you found a once in a lifetimer! Congrats... jgas
    JGAS

  11. #11
    ca
    Nov 2008
    Amherstburg, Ontario
    Fisher F75.
    145
    3 times

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    So when do you plan on changing your avatar pic from that boring old 8 reale to your fantastic beltplate?.

    James.
    HomesteadHunter

  12. #12

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadHunter
    So when do you plan on changing your avatar pic from that boring old 8 reale to your fantastic beltplate?.

    James.
    HomesteadHunter
    I'm going to do some dry cleaning and try for a couple better pics!
    Instagram - @romeoonethree

  13. #13

    Feb 2008
    spokane,wa.
    Whites Classic I.D.
    620
    5 times

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Congratulations.One very nice and rare find. BANNER. Jimbob

  14. #14

    Mar 2008
    snow hill, MD
    Fisher F70
    1,330
    818 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    That is a unbelievable find congrats on a wonderful find that would be my best find too!

  15. #15
    us
    Mar 2006
    South Florida east coast.
    In the water Aquasound ,back up Aquasound,Fisher cz20,Minelab Excalibur 15 inch wot coil .
    1,322
    173 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)

    Re: Unbelievable Relic Find...I'll never be able to top this!!!!!

    Awesome find Romeo.Well done.

 

 
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