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    Got My First CS in 20 Years!

    Hello from the Deep Fried South!


    So I have to start this story a week ago, because it is about three hunts, ending with yesterday's hunt and a fantastic find to cap off an incredible season.

    Shanegalang and I went on what we thought would be one last hunt to our straggler field, which the farmers said was going to get planted by Monday (last week). We dug for a while, locating another house site in that vast field, which unfortunately was early 20th century. We dug a while there, getting a few older things including some buttons and a nice GR keyhole cover (Georgius Rex), and Shane dug a nice 1896 Barber Dime (unfortunately not an "O"). We thought it was cool that the season began for Shane with a 1796 Spanish and ended with an 1896 Barber. Well, we finally got sick of the muddy mucky mess and heat and had to leave. This photo of Shane's Barber below will show you the type of mud we were fighting:

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    Anyhow, I had brought a little flask of New Orleans Tafia (that's un-aged Rum, for all you non-Colonial, non-Louisianans). We drove to our tavern site and toasted to a great season. It was a great feeling, to realize that this was the first time Rum had been consumed on the site in close to 200 years.

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    The finds were thin that day. This was all I brought home. A heel plate, the keyhole cover, a flat button, an odd little metal bird (lower right), and some eyeball finds:

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    Well, as it turned out, Shane went to see if the field was planted on Saturday, and to his surprise it wasn't. Well, Diggergirl and I had to hit it once more before the plow, so we went out early Monday morning to fight the Mosquito Army. The field was very dry, which was a bonus for us this time of year. We hadn't seen it that dry for well over a month. We stayed and hunted quite a while. Luckily, the sun stayed behind clouds most of the morning, so the heat index wasn't bad until noon. We found quite a bit. One great find that didn't make it into the post-cleaning photos is the brass spur rowel in the center right of the first shot:

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    Diggergirl got her first Buffalo nickel, a china doll torso, a spring balance piece, and some great pottery.

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    I was all business, and ignoring many of the pottery pieces in favor of metal finds. I got another heel plate, clay pipe stem, two grubby wheat pennies, and a bone button that looks like it was turned on a lathe and then drilled. That was a first for me.

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    The greatest find of the hunt was towards the end, when we finished a grid on a section of the field. I got a normal beep, figured it was a brass target, and saw a little disc. I asked "What are you?" as I picked it up. It was black, and I actually rubbed it with my glove because I couldn't see a darned thing on it. I thought it might be a pack rivet washer or similar. It shone silver on the edge. "I've got a half dime!!" I yelled. Left my camera at home, so no great field shots this time. The coin was not damaged by my glove. Normally I Never rub a silver coin--Ever. In this case, I didn't even know what I had. At any rate, the coin is a beaten, bedraggled, tarnished, burned 1853-O. Seated Silver is always Sweet though, no matter the condition.

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    Well, I called Shane to tell him about my good news, and when I'd gotten home and cleaned the finds I thought I might as well get up before dawn and try one last time. DG was too busy to go, so it was a solo hunt. As I was driving through the swamps in the pre-dawn darkness I was thinking about how unforgiving a place Southern Louisiana must have been in the distant past. I passed a bear crossing sign. A Nutria scampered across the road as I approached the straggler field. As soon as I opened the car door, I heard the mosquitos buzzing, attacking. I sprayed down with repellent, put the camelbak on, and headed out into the darkness. Within minutes, it started getting light.

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    That is the magical time to be in a field in Southern Louisiana--between darkness and the time when the sun comes peeking up across the sugar cane. As soon as that sun comes, it gets hot, hot, Hot. Anyhow, I started down a row to continue the grid, with the intention of searching the bottoms of the rows that had been flooded in water before. I started getting mid-19th c. items right away. A metal comb, drawer decoration, oil lantern parts... Then in the bottom of a drainage ditch I dug a nice barrel tap key.

    I rounded around to the next row and dug a pistol powder flask--both panels, but missing the top. Things were getting better! I picked up two clay pipe bowls, and dug a finial (cartridge box?). Then right after that I got a decent hit in the bottom of the row and out popped a button. I could tell it was two-piece, and a little bit of a puffy back...large size. I could only see the back, and wondered if it might be a WWI great seal (these have been dug in All of the fields we have hunted down here). When I turned it over, I saw a sleepy pelican staring me right in the face! I think I woke the neighbors up 3 miles away with how loud I yelled. A Confederate button has been on my list for 20 years. Living in Virginia, I had seen them dug by buddies, but never by me. In Kentucky, I'd stood by and watched Coinmaster and Hill Billy both dig one (CS Staff and a Block "I"). Now, after so many near-misses, it was my turn! This is one of the most beautiful things a digger can see:

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    After calling a few friends to share the excitement, I rounded the next row and dug an Eagle "I" cuff. I don't seem to find many cuff buttons ever, so I was happy to have it:
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    By this time, the sun was completely up and Shane had decided that it was too much for him not to get in on the dig, so he was on his way. The heat index was quickly approaching 100.

    I dug the bootstrap piece to one of my spurs, then Shane called to say he was close by. At that moment, the tractor came into the field with a plow attachment. I went to talk to the farmer who was overseeing the work. He said it was fine for us to follow and detect the plowed rows, and that they'd be planting the next day. So that is what we did--until close to 4 in the afternoon! By that time, the heat index was 105, and I'd been in the field since 5:30 in the morning, so it was time to call it a day. We both made a few more good finds. On the way out of the field, I eyeballed a glazed stoneware inkwell. The inkwell cleaned up quite well, and although the top is broken, it gives me hope for finding one whole in a plowed field here:

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    Here are my finds. Before:

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    And after:

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    The Louisiana button is an LA223A1. Backmark is *HORSTMANN & ALLIEN*/NY. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to make this find. Took a long time of living in Kentucky to find a KY button--and those were post-Civil War! Here is a close-up...

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    And an extreme close-up of my LA prize:

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    It was great to squeeze one more hunt in with Shane before the end of the season. And now that it's officially the end, I hope you've enjoyed reading about this year as much as I've enjoyed digging it.

    This will be the last CaneField Bandit post until harvest, which around here takes place in mid to late December. So I'll get to read about all of your great finds during the fall, and I'll be ready to hit the cane rows again come early spring.


    Best Wishes and Happy Hunting,


    Buckleboy
    and the CaneField Bandits

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    Last edited by BuckleBoy; Aug 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM.
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Wow! That is a heck of a place to hunt. Nice finds. Good luck

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    First and foremost congrats on digging your 1st CS button, she is a beauty!(I can feel your excitement when you realized what you had.)

    Great play by play of your last weeks outings!! You have had an amazing year Buckles!!! I'm glad to see you ended it with that very awesome button!!!!

    You have worked very hard and endured through many challenges along the way through the year. This alone, gives testament of your passion to this great hobby of ours!!!!! I'm glad to be one of those who appreciate all your hard work and share in your endeavors!!!!!!

    Again, Congrats!
    IM
    HRD (Happy Relic Diggin)

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    Nice dig!!
    One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
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    Coins usables=50436
    Silver= 890 pieces
    Gold= 63g


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    Another great post Will, and sure glad you good a coveted relic you have been hoping for. I am sure the next season of hunting the area will turn up more surprising goodies.

    Don
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Well all that stuff put together sure tells a story. Some real neat stuff there.

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    Congratulations!! I am happy for you! Did you find that stuff with your 1266X? I'm trying to get the garden, mowing, etc. out of the way so I can start detecting.

    What a great find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyRebCSA View Post
    Congratulations!! I am happy for you! Did you find that stuff with your 1266X? I'm trying to get the garden, mowing, etc. out of the way so I can start detecting.

    What a great find!
    I dug during half of the last hunt with the 1266, because Shane was using the Tesoro u-Max. Also used the trusty Fisher during the whole hunt with Diggergirl. I sometimes switch off between the two, because the depth on the Fisher is better than the Tesoro, but the target separation, ability to find tiny items, and stability in high-iron ground is better with the little Silver uMax.

    Cheers


    Buckles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don in SJ View Post
    Another great post Will, and sure glad you good a coveted relic you have been hoping for. I am sure the next season of hunting the area will turn up more surprising goodies.

    Don
    I am certain you're right about that. Each time the plow comes through there is more to find. Great to see a reply from you, Don. I hope all is going well for you.

    Best Wishes,


    Buckles

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    nice hunt and great story.......keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironman! View Post
    First and foremost congrats on digging your 1st CS button, she is a beauty!(I can feel your excitement when you realized what you had.)

    Great play by play of your last weeks outings!! You have had an amazing year Buckles!!! I'm glad to see you ended it with that very awesome button!!!!

    You have worked very hard and endured through many challenges along the way through the year. This alone, gives testament of your passion to this great hobby of ours!!!!! I'm glad to be one of those who appreciate all your hard work and share in your endeavors!!!!!!

    Again, Congrats!
    IM
    IronMan,

    Great to hear from you. I am still on Cloud Nine after digging that. Couldn't be any better end to an already magical season. It is like a dream to have recovered so many nice relics and coins this year. It's the power of research and persistence. A little bit of art, and some sort of a science that I'm still honing each and every time I get a permission, or go on a hunt.

    I would say that we have a mutual respect in this at times tough endeavor that is successful metal detecting. I am proud to call you a friend, and I always enjoy reading about what you dig.

    Cheers,


    Buckles

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    Many a relic hunter desire a that button! Congrats!!
    God and country.

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    I was so thrilled to get that phone call from you Will!! I wish i had been there when you dug it........would have enjoyed seeing your excitement. Definitely the way to end a great digging season for us but there is lots more time to come and so, so much area left to cover. I decided to include a few pictures of my better finds from this new field. The best were my first CW button, the 1839 O half dime, the 1896 Barber and i really like the 2 1/2 token. Again, congratulations on your Pelican button........I will certainly be working hard to find mine Merci pour toutes ces choses que vous m'avez enseignÚes Ó propos de cette passe-temps, ša a ÚtÚ une grande partie de l'apprentissage amusant au sujet de la recherche et des techniques. Je suis impatient de chasses futures. Shanegalang~ Cane field Bandits
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    River Rat likes this.
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC Seated Dime 1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Real nice haul all in all. Great season and the Pelican is the cherry on the top!
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to write us such an interesting, detailed story. You were sure rewarded for bearing such awful working conditions! Good luck in December!
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    Great finds and pics, congrats on a nice squid eater!

    Dan
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    yes sir not only did you get a CS but you got one of the BEST CS buttons!
    WTG on that rare bird buddy
    Ill vote Banner cause it belongs there
    but lol its likely to snow there first
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    When I received an early morning call from you in the field yesterday, i knew you had not found a Memorial penny-LOL. I have two brief comments:
    1. Congrats and....
    2. NOBODY deserves that LA button more than you do.
    It's a beauty.

    HH, Quindy.
    Everyone will make a good find on occasion. The challenge is to find CW relics consistently.

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    Well done and WOW with a circus peanut thrown in!

    KFB

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    Quote Originally Posted by kindafoundabuckle View Post
    Well done and WOW with a circus peanut thrown in!

    KFB
    I'd rather ya leave it on my car antenna than throw it in lol!
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Three Seated Half Dimes: 1842-O, 1848-O and 1857
    1876-CC and 1887 Seated Dimes
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    185? Large Cent
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    Dateless Shield Nickel
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

 

 
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