Jul 13, 2012, 05:37 PM
Found my first "Crotal" bell 7/13/2012
My detecting buddy Gordon secured a nice hilly farm spot to hunt near Union Bridge, MD, and we hit the field today for a few hours to see what we could come up with. Previously, he and another friend had found a 1840s large cent an a number of flat buttons. About 25 minutes into the hunt today, I got a solid mid 50s VDI on my V3, and this is what I got... Appears to be a late 1700s to mid-1800s crotal bell from the resources I've seen online. Marked "No" and "7" on the bottom (supposedly sized 1 7/8") and what might be a "IM" and a dot, or perhaps a dot and "WI" on the top near the flange, but that part is harder to make out and may be due to surface erosion. It's made out of a copper-bearing white metal alloy, and the iron ball striker is still intact inside! Sounds really nice. =)
Jul 13, 2012 05:37 PM
Jul 13, 2012, 06:00 PM
TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!
'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
Jul 13, 2012, 06:53 PM
Very nice bell, what did you use to clean it? It looks really sharp!
Jul 13, 2012, 07:02 PM
Jul 13, 2012, 08:51 PM
Cleaned it with hot water and a scotch brite pad. Not much patina on it to begin with, so no loss there. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out too!
Jul 13, 2012, 08:59 PM
Congrats. One of my favorite things to find. Numbered bells are nice.
Jul 14, 2012, 02:01 AM
usually they are brass - some may be bronze
some are silver plated or older have a silver wash-which may be what yours has
Jul 14, 2012, 09:27 AM
One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
Jul 14, 2012, 09:49 AM
Nice bell. Only ever found a broken bell in Maryland.