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  1. #1
    us
    Jul 2009
    new jersey
    minelab, white's xlt, deus xp, fisher aquanaut, white's twin box
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    Rare Find Today

    I went back to the spot where I'd found the King William a few weeks ago, hopeing to find the last scraps I'd missed over the years. I kept with the small 5" coil due to all the iron, but boosted sensitivity up to an almost unbearable 26 this time around. All signals were poor and read iron by the numbers. This badly broken signal read a 1f c27 jumping back and forth to a 27f c50. Turns out there was a shotgun shell and iron in the hole.

    This is a U.S. Navy buckle (tongue only with loop gone). It is very unlikely I would ever find the wreath, as besides pounding this site hard for so long, much dirt has been carted away and sold for fill, and what little ground that remains is becoming an unofficial dump.

    The closest identity to this buckle is listed in Kerksis (page 73) where he describes this buckle having 13 stars (as does mine). Curiously he shows a picture of a similar buckle bearing 17 stars with a slight variance in the angle of the anchor flukes. He never describes that buckle, and any input on this point would be appreciated.

    As it stands, the buckle he lists with 13 stars is rated as rarity 9, tied with the rarest of all Naval buckles, and tied with the rarest of all military buckles, Union or Confederate, that are not one of a kind.

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    johnnyi

  2. #2

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Back at ya!

    "Wow, first JimBeHunin's find today and now yours! The *stars* definately fell on you guys today. You have my vote also."

  3. #3
    us
    Mar 2003
    Summerfield Fla.
    XSII,Excalibur,Ace 250,Shadow X-5
    1,450

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Thats a great find there,congrats

  4. #4
    us
    Aug 2008
    Southeast Iowa
    DFX! E-Trac
    878
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Love that buckle!!! I'd get that restored!
    Banner find!
    Dale

  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2007
    Maryland
    Minelab Quattro, Minelab X-Terra 70
    61
    1 times

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Excellent find................WTG......

  6. #6

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac
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    Banner Finds (1)
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    Re: Rare Find Today

    Excellent buckle!! congrats
    Debby

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2006
    Bellevue, WA
    Minelab Explorer SE, Tesoro TigerShark
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    Re: Rare Find Today

    Very nice buckle! Congrats
    Anyone can make life interesting you just have to go out there and do things instead of sitting on your butt doing nothing. Second quote: Life is about trying new things not just standing around.

  8. #8

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Stunning! In great condition as well!
    If the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor!

  9. #9
    ca
    Oct 2009
    East Dirtyville
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Rare Find Today

    you got it all age and condition!

    great looking centre piece, awesome find!!
    ...if you think I'm a pain in the neck, it's lower, lower,little bit lower, too low, higher, there ya go.....

  10. #10

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Great find John, wish I knew more on buckles, but don't, so I must ask, era? War of 1812 plus or minus is what I would think with that type of eagle on the anchor(buttons).

    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."

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2009
    new jersey
    minelab, white's xlt, deus xp, fisher aquanaut, white's twin box
    1,785
    58 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Rare Find Today

    "you got it all age and condition!
    great looking centre piece, awesome find!!"

    Thanks all! It's funny, whenever I go on a long drive to a site I start envisioning some rarity that might be there (today it was a silver center cent which morphed into a Birch cent! Ha ha! ) On the way home I started envisioning the potential rarity of the buckle I was not familiar with. It blew me away when it actually turned out to be what I'd hoped.
    johnnyi

  12. #12
    us
    Jul 2009
    new jersey
    minelab, white's xlt, deus xp, fisher aquanaut, white's twin box
    1,785
    58 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Rare Find Today

    "War of 1812 plus or minus is what I would think with that type of eagle on the anchor"

    Thanks Don. The Buckle Kerksis lists of this design dates from around 1825. As there are only a few known, I don't know exactly how he arrives at that date, particularly, as you ponted out, the buttons of the same design (Albert's NA85) seem to date a little earlier.
    johnnyi

  13. #13
    us
    May 2009
    White's XL Pro 6000
    957
    3 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Killer buckle, Johnny!

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    Charter Member

    May 2005
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  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2009
    NC
    Whites XLT
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    21 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Rare Find Today

    Banner Buckle

 

 
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