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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2009
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    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. =)

    Greg
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  2. #2
    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
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    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
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  3. #3
    us
    May 2012
    Bedford PA
    Garrett AT Pro
    238
    75 times
    Very nice bell, what did you use to clean it? It looks really sharp!

  4. #4
    us
    Feb 2009
    schuylkill county pa.
    whites xlt,vx3
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    138 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    nice bell

  5. #5
    us
    Aug 2009
    84
    1 times
    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!

  6. #6
    us
    Mar 2005
    Central Indiana
    Fisher CZ3 , F75 LTD, CZ70 pro, Teknetics G2, Deus
    287
    44 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Congrats. One of my favorite things to find. Numbered bells are nice.

    Don
    HH

  7. #7
    us
    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
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    Honorable Mentions (3)
    usually they are brass - some may be bronze
    some are silver plated or older have a silver wash-which may be what yours has
    "Casper" - coincidence -check it out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casper_(name) -
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

  8. #8

    Feb 2012
    North Pole
    Sovereign GT and Excalibur II, Whites, Garrett, Fisher, Alert, MD,Cscope,Tesoro, Compas, XP, Long Rs
    5,947
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice!
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    Coins usables=800
    Silver= 8 pieces
    Gold= 2 Rings


  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2009
    Maryland
    Minelab CTX3030
    1,240
    45 times
    Relic Hunting
    Nice bell. Only ever found a broken bell in Maryland.

 

 

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