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    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
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    UPDATE! Beautifully engraved Rev War crossbelt that is STUNNING! 2 more plates added

    Revisited the Revolutionary War site where I found many French Regimental buttons last year and my super rare silver 76th Officers Bristish regimental button which won me best relic of 2012 on the CS Sentinel website. I had previously found 2 pits at this site and have now located a third. I have only just begun to dig this one out. It too appears to be roughly 5 ft by 5 ft. The best thing to come our of it Thurs morning was this brass plate featuring a fox with his paw raised as if saluting. This is etched by hand making this truly a work of art. It has the most beautiful emerald green patina that all relic hunters love to see! Everything I have found at this site has dated to 1781. Its dimensions are 2 inches by 2 inches with 5 prongs on the back suggesting it was attached to leather. I found another somewhat similar piece back about 10 yrs ago featuring a fox also but it was nowhere near the fine detail as this one. I feel, and have been told by one other well known relic hunter, that this may be a British Cross belt plate although I have not had direct confirimation from Don Troini or George Juno. There was a British naval officer in the Revolutionary War who served at Yorktown known as The Fox. I am researching this connection and looking for anyone else who may have dug a similar peice or may have suggestions as to what this is. Hopefully this pit will render some more French Regimental buttons or another coveted British officers button. Devonrex
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    Very cool. I'd say it's more like a family crest (maybe trunk plate?), like a livery button has, rather than a military plate. I know I have seen something similar, at least similar in my mind and would like to see it again. Actually make that 2 similar pieces.
    Don in SJ likes this.

  3. #3
    Amazing find John!! I can't wait to see what the final verdict is on the ID. Based on the 2 pits you dug last year I'm sure this one will be just as loaded. Good luck with that, and I'm looking forward to see what other awesome recoveries you make there.

  4. #4
    Apr 2013
    Garrett ACE 250
    28 times
    Metal Detecting
    That is an awesome find!

  5. #5
    Tennessee Digger

    Sep 2011
    Tesoro and Troy Shadow Fisher Gold Bug Pro Minelab Equinox 600.
    696 times
    That is just beautiful John. Please let us know what you find out. Love the patina on it. I voted it a banner find!!!
    Last edited by tennessee digger; Apr 13, 2013 at 09:10 AM.

  6. #6
    Old disabled infantryman

    Jan 2013
    N. Alabama
    Minelab Exterra 705
    203 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I sure hope it proves to be what you are hoping for! Really a great find!
    I did not invent FUN, however I have spent my life trying to perfect it!

  7. #7
    I can't believe I remembered enough to find this (didn't recall the design at all) as it was just a guess who had found it. I suspect yours to be ID'ed as the same.

    "Don Troiani has id'd it as a personal coat of arms plate.c.1790-1810"

    Rev War era Plate
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    Last edited by Iron Patch; Apr 12, 2013 at 05:38 PM.
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  8. #8
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
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    That is waaaaaay awesome, what a fantastic piece!
    God and country.

  9. #9
    Dec 2006
    upstate N.Y.
    Fisher cz-20/ XP Deus
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    Awesome find.This is going to look good on the banner !
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    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac, Infiniuim
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    awesome find!

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    Charter Member
    Nov 2012
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    Excellent find. Probably Rev War British, I have seen the image before, let me see if I can find it.

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    Charter Member

    Nov 2012
    Western CT
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    I like it!...and it's in really great shape too!

    Cleaning Up The Planet...One Pull Tab At A Time.

  13. #13
    Apr 2012
    North Central Nebraska
    Whites Spectrum XLT Ace350 Pioneer Bounty Hunter 202
    44 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That is amazing! Nice find.

  14. #14
    So many old sites to little time.

    Aug 2007
    Upstate NY
    Whites DFX (with 4x6 shooter DD coil and 12" spider coil), Minelab Rocco 2700. (E-Trac)
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    What an awesome find. Looking forward to the ID...

  15. #15
    Sep 2010
    Western Massachusetts
    White's MXT
    298 times
    Relic Hunting
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    Oh wow, that is beautiful!


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