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  1. #1
    Dec 2010
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    After a long break, two big finds...

    I've done very little digging in the last year and a half. On October 12, a digging buddy invited me to hunt a Union camp. For most of the time I concentrated on a large patch of iron, digging many large signals (see pic) that could be masking other signals or could themselves be worth finding. One of them did mask a Minie ball. Finally, not long before rain drove us off, I went outside the iron a bit and came upon a decent signal. Eleven inches down, I see green! I called my friend over and carefully dug out a nearly perfect US buckle. It's in the best condition of any plate I've dug by far.

    On October 21, I went to an old site of mine that was a CS/US camp site and a home site. I was finding a few relics and a lot of trash. After digging several cans in a row, I got yet another "Buckle" signal on my MXT and began chopping through roots to get to it. It wasn't as deep as I thought, as my shovel had already found it. It was lying face down, and was clearly a tongue portion of a tongue and wreath buckle. Expecting a civilian buckle, I flipped it and saw "CS". Then I flipped. The shovel scraped the piece next to the "button," but fortunately the face was not touched. I've been back since, trying to find the wreath before making this post, but so far it's been elusive.

    I included shots of all the targets dug on each trip to illustrate how much trash was dug to get to the find of the day. Both buckles were found near the end of each hunt. Thanks for looking!
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  2. #2
    Feb 2005
    Three Rivers
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    That's some great stuff. Beautiful patina on that buckle

  3. #3
    Oct 2014
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    What great finds! I like how your photo spread has the trash along with the tongue. Shows all the hard work you went through to find a keeper. Looks like a lot of good iron there to clean up, no telling whats under all the rust.

  4. #4

    May 2012
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    Holey moley! Fantastic finds, congrats!

  5. #5
    The Urban Pirate

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    If there's no dirt under your nails, you're not trying hard enough.
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    Maybe a Rebel and a Yankee occupied the same campsite and both lost their belts.
    Let history be your treasure map .

  6. #6
    Jun 2012
    Northeast PA
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    Wow, that's the stuff we all dream of finding, congrats on a great couple hunts!!

  7. #7
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Wow those are both beautiful! Great finds and that lil ding is just your personal mark lol
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  8. #8
    Jun 2012
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    Wow......... nuff said.

  9. #9
    "King of finding pull tabs"

    Sep 2013
    Central , North Carolina
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    Awesome buckles. Just imagine if those relics could talk the stories they could tell us.... Keep searching for that wreath. Hope you can find it to have a perfect matching set .

  10. #10
    Dec 2010
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    Awesome buckles Jason. Next hunt its my turn to dig a buckle.

  11. #11
    Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!

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    Very nice, won't ever have to worry about the shovel hitting one of those here !

  12. #12
    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
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    great digs!...congrats on your finds..

  13. #13
    Jul 2010
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    Very nice Jason! You were definitely rewarded for digging all that trash.

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    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

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    I was impressed when I clicked thread, and instantly saw an oval buckle and CS officer's buckle on the screen! Either one of those items would be incredible, but both them is just plain amazing! Incredible piece of history, Most of us would only dream of finding that!


    Also, Good luck on finding the wreath, It's possible. I was once on a hunt with family, and found one half of a two piece Victorian sash buckle, I was bummed I did not find the other half, so I showed my family the half. One Person said that it looks identical to the "What's It" they found. I grabbed the "What's It" and put the two pieces together, they made a heart.

    These two pieces were found 100 feet apart!

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