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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2009
    Northern Virginia
    Whites MXT, Shadow X5, Tesoro Cibola, Minelab XTerra
    178
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    Thanks to my digging partner Monkeyboy this may be my best find ever. The pitdigger and monkeyboy clans hit the woods at a spot that was settled in the 1700's. Monkeyboy has popped out some super early coins that go back to the 1600-1700's over the years. After a few hours of popping out some tombacs, cast pewter and flat buttons I got a huge signal in an area where a natural spring was in the woods.

    A few inches in the rocky wet ground I pulled out a large brass disc. The water gave this thing a different looking patina and it was covered in dirt so I carefully put it in my pack and kept digging. I had no idea what I had just found. Once we all took a break I pulled out the disc and handed it to monkeyboy. With a little water he slowly started to see some markings. Without hesitation he yelled SUNDIAL!!! Unreal. All of the roman numerals and markings are hand-engraved with excellent detail. The compassrose is hand engraved or stamped N,S,E,W. I was ecstatic!

    After getting home I used a little water to continue to remove the mud and have done nothing else to it. After some research I found out that the early american settlers would use sundials instead of more expensive time pieces. Could be my best find to date!
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    Always dig deeper....

  2. #2
    ca
    Feb 2009
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    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    That's a really cool find, never seen one posted before.

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2007
    wakeman, ohio
    J.W.FISHERS pulse 8x
    1,662
    42 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    by looking at the small hole between the n and s I think it had a compass as well so it would be lined up to give a correct reading. that is very cool indeed, thank you for sharing.
    them that dive will be the lucky ones !!

  4. #4

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.



    I found a small lead one in the Fall, was my neat find for the year.

  5. #5

    Apr 2007
    explorer se /whites xlt
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    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    amazing find...i say banner

  6. #6
    us
    Dec 2009
    East of the Rockies
    46

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    OK, y'all knew this was coming . Dirty job, but somebody's got to say it...

    WHAT A TIMELY DISCOVERY!!!

  7. #7
    umrgolf

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    Amazing find, I've never seen one before either

  8. #8
    DMN
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    us
    Apr 2009
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    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    I vote banner. Wonderful historical piece. I would suspect it is more early colonial and maybe a 1600's piece than 1700's. Keep looking down the stream. You may find more of the parts.

  9. #9
    us
    Mar 2009
    North Carolina
    Garrett AT Pro, Garrett ProPointer
    1,854
    35 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    nifty
    SkyPirate

  10. #10
    us
    Let's go dig some history!

    Jan 2007
    TEXAS
    Bounty Hunter Tracker IV / Garrett Ace 250/Minelab X-Terra 70
    1,525
    24 times

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    WOW! That is one cool find!
    I say BANNER!
    Baggins

  11. #11
    us
    Nov 2008
    2,222
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    nice old watch!! to big to be a pocket watch though willy

  12. #12
    us
    Feb 2006
    Tennessee
    Minelab EXPLORER SE
    4,004
    201 times
    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    That's a neat find. Congrats.
    Dman

  13. #13

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    Awesome find! First I've ever seen. Congrats.....Hogge
    1783 CFT. KG III 1/2 Penny (25-83A)-1 of 3 known *Sold $3,750, Vermont Landscape Coppers Ryder 6 *Sold $760, Ryder7 (Avatar)** Sold $1,275*,1st Batt Royal Artillery Cartridge Box Sling Belt Tip* SOLD $1,583*,(3)- GW Inaugural Buttons-2-Cobb# 17-J.* Sold both--$405 and $400. *GW Button Cobb 17-I-*Sold $316- New Jersey Copper M14-J Sold $125- Continental Army Button *Sold $800.....To be continued

  14. #14
    us
    Feb 2006
    Virginia
    V3i
    1,598
    10 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    I can honestly say I just never get jealous when other people find great relics.. I just love seeing them come out of the ground... BUT this one... I'm jealous!!! ;-) Great find...

    Banner... all the way.

    This is the same spot I dug the 1809 Half Cent.. http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,294714.0.html ...stuff comes out in really good shape here.... so that puts it in some sort of date context.. that and all the buttons have been 1700 - early 1800s ..

    Great Find...

    MB

  15. #15
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
    20,002
    78 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Going back in TIME... 1700's Sundial.

    that is one sweet piece of history !!!
    I agree, banner all the way !
    ALLEN

 

 
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