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  1. #1
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    Nov 2011
    Charles Town, WV
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    CW campsite. Sabre Sword blade, Harmonica, merry widows piece. *Cleaned pics*

    I had an hour after work today and I went straight to the farm in Winchester, VA that has my trusty CW campsite on it. I start down this woodline at the edge of the plowed field and I'm not getting anything till I reach the end of the plowed field, which turns out to be a spencer bullet about 2 feet a way I find the bottom of casing.

    After that I decided to take a hike in the woods which I never do because I never find anything CW related. First 30 minutes I'm in there turns out to be the same as usual. Nothing CW related at all. Finally I come across a signal and I dig it, turns out to be a spencer casing. I get a little excited then...I feel I may be on to something. I stop and slow down and search the area good and about 3 steps away I found this Merry Widows piece. Not sure what that is off of...I've seen people find Merry Widows stuff, but can't remember what they were.

    Anyway I keep walking along this area not finding anything and as I'm dodging low limbs and fighting through thorns I work my way up to the fence line and I notice this old rock and a couple bricks underneath these low hanging branches. I started detecting around these pieces and I get a signal right away. I'm moving these leaves over with my shovel and I hear something metal and I reach down and pick it up and to my disbelief...I think I just found a sword blade!!!??! My heart starts racing and only thing I can think to do is to take my shovel and break these low hanging branches and clear a small area out around these rocks. Well, right next to those rocks was a harmonica almost fully intact. I couldn't believe it! I didn't find anything else in this little area...it's so hard, because of the dead trees and limbs all over the ground.

    Found the bottle right up next to the fence in the same area. Now I'm not claiming what I found IS indeed a sword blade, but it certainly looks like one and I'm almost certain a soldier was in this area with his harmonica and sword over 100 years ago and I just think that's really cool.

    Someone may come in here and burst my bubble and tell me what I found isn't a sword blade, but that's ok. It's still a neat find and certainly wouldn't shock me if it is considering where I was hunting. Anyway, pictures below and thanks for looking and feel free to try and I.D it and tell me what I do have. Thanks for looking!

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    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

  2. #2
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    Apr 2011
    Ohio
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Awesome finds, that's a sword blade in my eyes

  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2011
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    wow that is cool

  4. #4
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    That to me is a sword blade. But it doesn't seem to be pitted enough to be CW era. But who knows. Awesome find.

  5. #5
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Nice variety of finds. The Merry Widows is a condom wrapper from early to mid 1900's time period.

  6. #6
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Congrats man...absolutely a sword blade, you can see the fuller running down it. Great find, this in the fact that the cw bullets you found are carbine bullets, it looks like you may have walked into a cavalry camp....get back there asap!

    Should have been an archaeologist, love anything old:CW relics, arrowheads, Pre-Columbian. Best finds: AVC cuff button, CS staff button , 4 US plates, CW fleam, 55 cavity marked Enfield bullet, CS Script I button

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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    I vote sword blade for sure!

  8. #8
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    looks like a sword blade to me! wonder where the rest of it is?

  9. #9
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Quote Originally Posted by raycan
    Nice variety of finds. The Merry Widows is a condom wrapper from early to mid 1900's time period.
    Haha. Nice... lol

    Quote Originally Posted by sekypaleo
    Congrats man...absolutely a sword blade, you can see the fuller running down it. Great find, this in the fact that the cw bullets you found are carbine bullets, it looks like you may have walked into a cavalry camp....get back there asap!
    AWESOME! Yeah, the cavalry button in my avatar is one I found in the same area last year.
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  10. #10
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Arey
    I vote sword blade for sure!
    Yeah, I agree also. You just might have found a really good spot. Take something with you to chop the brush away and see what you find.
    Due to the high price of ammunition there will be no warning shot.

  11. #11

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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Man,the stories that could tell!I found a sword scabbard when I first started detecting,but never found the sword
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





  12. #12
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Nice score again Matt. Wish I could do so well in my own back yard lol!
    "Its a lot better for em to ask ya how ya doin than whatcha doin" -Tom Dickey

  13. #13
    lost hunter

    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.


  14. #14
    ca
    Feb 2012
    Central Alberta, Canada
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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Nice finds bud!!!

    Gawd! I was born in the wrong country...I live in the @##$% prairies up here, miles and miles and miles of open country and no historical wars here period ( not that wars are good ), but I just want the chance to use history books and word of mouth and go find it!

    Keep it up guys! I love reading about your finds and I share your excitement!

    Cheers!

    Dale

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    Re: CW campsite. Sword blade????!? Harmonica, bottle, merry widows piece, relics.

    Great finds! You also dug a sabre belt rig piece (the rivet looking thing). Did that by chance come up near where the sword was dug? Dig you check around for more of the sword?

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