Post By FoundInNC
May 17, 2012, 01:38 AM
Momma Said I Was Born To Dig.
Colonial Hillsborough, NC home yields 18th century relics!!
Let me begin by saying please excuse the TYPO in the title; should be "Hillsborough" not "Hillsboro".
I had a KILLER day today. My friend Evan and I stumbled upon a GREAT site while attempting to locate a colonial era schoolhouse. We believe we located the site today! We drove out to the field of question, which is well over 20 acres, and started digging. Evan began finding buckle fragments, then complete buckles, and then he dug a flat button. At that point, I had found nothing and was starting to get discouraged. A few minutes passed by and I found a spot with lots of iron. I was digging these OLD hand made nails, that had very little rust. That was when I dug my first flat button(actually half a flat button ). After the first, they just seemed to flow steadily for a few hours until dark. At the end of the hunt, I had dug ten flat buttons, including 3 made of "TOMBAC" and one silverplated one, which was a first for me. I had dug 4 EARLY buckles, and one of which I have definitely seen online before(the roundish one with the two spurs). Ten flat buttons is a record number for me in one hunt. I am going to make a display of all the things I found today and hopefully we can go back soon. These finds mean much more to me because of the history of the town where the items were found. Hillsborough, NC was the capital of North Carolina during the colonial times, so there is LOTS of early history tied to the area.
For you colonial experts, I would appreciate you guys letting me know if you see anything that is for certain colonial, because at this point all I know of is the one buckle, and the three tombacs.
Thanks guys! Enjoy the pictures, and check out Evan's finds at the bottom(two pictures)!
The buckle I believe to be colonial^
Half of an early 1800s possible colonial buckle^
Back of same^
Buckle fragment and early tack buckle or other
Ten flat buttons^
Front view of flat buttons, notice reeding on big boy, and the THICK silver plate on the bottom right^
^back view of flat buttons, same orientation as above picture, and three right most are TOMBAC
^three early 1800s .50 Caliber musket balls, Fired
These next two pictures are Evan's finds. He found 7 flat buttons(two of which are TOMBAC, two buckles and some sort of brass tack. The nail in the middle is interesting because it has no oxidation at all, and is hand forged. We are not sure why it is showing no rust, but it must be the nicest colonial nail ever dug lol!
Last edited by FoundInNC; May 17, 2012 at 04:25 AM.
Reason: Typo in Title!
May 17, 2012 01:38 AM
May 17, 2012, 05:45 AM
May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM
I always enjoyed detecting in Hillsborough. I had the pleasure of being able to hunt the Old Hillsborough Military Academy grounds, back in 1999. I pulled two buttons out of there, though I had always wanted to hunt some of the local Colonial period homes in the area. Stop by the church there in town, there are three signers of the Declaration of Independence buried there. I think it is three, it has been a while for me.
May 17, 2012, 04:00 PM
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May 17, 2012, 07:22 PM
Momma Said I Was Born To Dig.
I love detecting Hillsborough. There are countless old sites. That is some interesting information about the D.O.I., I did not know that! I really had a good time yesterday. These relics really put things in perspective looking at the progress(and regress) from how things are now as to then. It is also interesting to think that 250 years ago there was a settlement only 10 miles from my house. Thanks for the reply!
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May 17, 2012, 11:07 PM
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The "buckle with the two spurs" is a chape, from the center of a colonial buckle. It is not the whole buckle itself. The square one is definitely colonial era (part of the outside, or "frame"). All the finds are old. Let's hope for military buttons or a nice coin from that spot.
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18th c. Engraved Silver Friendship Pendant
1722 Colonies Francoises French 9 Deniers Copper
"Le Bon Temps" Pocketwatch Winder
1774 Two Reales
1797 One Real
1831 Mexican Republic One Real
Four dateless Half Reales
1740, 1799, 1807, and 1811 Half Reales
1840-O Seated Half Dollar with MS details
1847-O Seated Quarter with AU-50 details
1838 Seated Dime
1840-O and 1853-O Seated Half Dimes
1824 Matron Head LC
Dateless Matron Head LC
Regiment of Artillery button (1811-1813)
1812 era Artillery button
One piece Eagle General Militia button(GI56)
1700s Navy Cuff Button
pre-CW Navy Cuff Button
GS Eagle Button
.31 cal. Brass Bullet Mold
1873, 186?, and 18?? Shield Nickels
1884 and 1905 V Nickels
1908-D Barber Dime
Trade Beads, Musketballs, Minieballs, etc.
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May 18, 2012, 05:18 AM
Super nice old relics
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