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  1. #1
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    North Carolina Confederate Cadet Belt Plate, Best Colonial Barrel Tap, Mebane NC

    What an interesting day of relic hunting. Today I went to my newest colonial site, and the crops had FINALLY been cut off. I immediately started seeing dig holes, and large chunks of iron, on the surface of the ground. Someone had nighthawked my site. I am the only person that has permission on this site. I was FURIOUS, and still am pretty bummed about it, but it worked out in my favor today.

    I was detecting pretty hard, and digging every decent tone. I walked in some thick brush, beside where the combine cut, and got a SWEET signal on my AT Gold. I looked down and low and behold there on the surface of the ground was a Bingham School Buckle. It must have been dug by whoever nighthawked the site, and discarded because they didn't recognize it as being a nice relic. It turns out, this particular buckle is a brass dome buckle, used at the Bingham School Military Academy in the 1850s-1860s. I can date it to the earlier days of the school due to the absence of the three drilled holes found on the ones that were issued later in the school's life. I am very glad that I found it, even though I technically didn't dig it! Finding that buckle made me not as mad about having an intruder . As I finished making my video, I noticed several other brass relics sitting on top of the ground near the buckle, so the individual apparently unloaded his/her pockets and lost the big money item. Shame on them. My favorite part of finding this buckle is that it is my first off-site Bingham School relic, that pertains directly to the school!

    Other finds in the day's hunt included my BEST ever COLONIAL BARREL TAP! This spigot was only 2 inches deep and laying lateral to the ground under the peat. When I saw it, I nearly died! It is beautiful. This type apparently takes the key, but it is missing. What a cool colonial relic! The site dates to the 1740s so I am definitely not surprised to see it; the condition surprises me. I found two harmonica reeds, some random brass rings, a very old pair of fingernail clippers, and an interesting hand forged Iron tool??

    I went overboard with pictures, but I wanted yall to see it all!

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    Colonial hammer head,,I threw a handle in it for display purposes only

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    As found, Bingham School Cadet Belt Plate, circa 1850-1860s
    Notice the harmonica reed fragment, at the top left. I did not notice it until I looked at this picture. The "Hawk" scattered his finds all over the sides of the field. This was one of his pocket dump sites.
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    Big ol' Bean field, nice and flat for digging!
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    uncleaned spigot
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    Spigot, as dug
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    Uncleaned spigot top
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    delicately cleaned spigot with patina
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    Cleaned colonial spigot top with key valve
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    Cleaned spigot bottom
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    Uncleaned Bingham School Military Academy Cadet Plate 1844-1865
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    Reverse of Same
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    Delicately cleaned Confederate Cadet Plate
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    Unfortunately no puppy paws still attached on this one
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    N.C.R.R. 15 bag seal
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    Tell me this doesn't say C S A
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    harmonica reeds
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    Brass items
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    very old nail clippers
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    Thick brass, possibly wheel hub? Often find them at old sites
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    Please help with this interesting hand made Iron tool. I found one almost exactly like it a month ago.
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    Here are 8 of the same Bingham School belt plates that I have dug over at the site of the school, proof of what I found
    Last edited by FoundInNC; Dec 09, 2012 at 11:26 PM.
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    Such a same about your spot. Fantastic find.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2010
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    Great set of relics there! Sorry to hear about the tresspasser--I hope he gets caught and prosecuted by the law! What a low thing to do and he's obviously not a terribly intelligent individual.
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    Your "iron tool" is actually part of a horse bit.
    Good finds .. Those buckles are wonderful!
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    It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.

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    Very nice historical finds.

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    Great relic finds!










  7. #7
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    Jan 2011
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    Well congrats on the freebie Belt plate and you other finds as well.....My thoughts on the Nighthawker.........God will get you when you do wrong, and will reward you when you do right! Sooooo...........He lost his!!!!!!!! And you got yours!!!!!!!!!!.................................HH
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    That lead seal does say CSA. Great hunt I hate that about your site,,, grrrr. Happened to me once after waiting forever. You still did very well though.
    HH
    TnMtns

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    I bet that plate put the wind back in your sails!! It's idiot's like them that give our hobby a bad name.. What comes around goes around bud. It still looks like sumone was lookin out for you.. Kudos on stayin with it. CONGRATS.. HH
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    Nice finds!

 

 

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