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  1. #1
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    Jun 2006
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    1700s French Silver Spoon, Silver Coins, and Powder Flask Spouts!

    Hello All,

    My goal was to take the wife and for us to get one more chance to dig a few more things before the end of 2014. We really did well today. I got out in a site that we have hunted before. Below is the story...

    First off, here is the video:

    In the turn row I immediately found this strange thing. Has a boat on it. Has to be a name plate from a tractor or something...any ideas?

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    When we got out in the field, I got a decent reading and dug what looked like a small flat button. Strange thing is, the thing read 65 on the F75! Bending over I realized that it was a very tarnished 1839 Seated Half Dime! Her and I dug a couple musketballs each, then I dug the handle of a silver spoon. I didn't think much about it, but was happy to see some silver. , then my wife dug a powder flask spout. I was a little jealous, since I've actually never dug one of these...but it's hard to be jealous with an early Seated in your pocket. So I kept digging. A couple more musketballs later, I got a nice signal that I knew would be a dime. Wish I'd filmed it. One inch deep, a BEAUTIFUL 1875-S Seated Dime came up. One of the best Seated coins I have ever dug in terms of condition.

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    Then I dug more of the handle of the spoon I'd just found. It had several hallmarks on it, and I could see an "S" and an "F" separated by stars. I was starting to get excited about it. Put that in my pocket, then my wife dug a SECOND powder flask spout. We picked up some killer pottery, then I got another great dime signal and popped out another farmer dropped coin--a 1911-D Barber Dime. Got a BIG red clay pipe bowl and a V Nickel and by that time the sun had started to go down.

    When I got home, I posted the spoon handle on the .925 Forum, and it was identified as pre-Revolution FRENCH! The handle I dug fit the piece of the spoon with the hallmarks perfectly. When I put the pieces together I could see that the letters on the spoon were "SFC." According to the experts on the forum, these are the initials of the owner of the spoon! (From the .925 forum, reply by forum member Blakstone: "The mark at the broken end of the stem is the medium charge mark for the city of Paris under the tenure of tax farmer Henri Clavel (1781-1789): an interlaced script "LL". The crowned "T" is the Paris guild warden's annual mark in use July 1782-July 1783. The "ewer" mark is actually a somewhat rare mark also used by Clavel in place of the usual "décharge" mark indicating that the piece was destined for export out of France (in this case presumably Louisiana which, despite its resolutely French culture, was at the time under Spanish rule). There should also be a maker's mark, probably on the missing bits. Nice find!"

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    Now, I hope I can dig the rest of it!

    Here are the coins. The half dime didn't clean up completely well, but it came a long way considering how bad it was! (Before/After photos)

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    Diggergirl's two powder flask tops, and an egg holder than she eyeballed!

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    And both of our finds.

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    I'll be collecting the photos for the Annual Finds post soon, but until then I want to wish everyone on the forum a safe and happy 2015!

    Best Wishes,

    Last edited by BuckleBoy; Jan 02, 2015 at 06:39 PM.
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  2. #2
    Feb 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    Great finds Buckle boy ! I really like the spoon , the Seated Dime is Amazing !!! You've got a site there .
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  3. #3
    Feb 2013
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    BB, you and DG ended the year on an extremely high note! I hope you and your lovely wife have much happiness and fun in those fields next year. Oh, and stay outta Shane's rows, lol!
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  4. #4
    I would rather be happy then right

    Jul 2013
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    Great hunt BB..Love them seated.
    What do you use to take the pics of the coins?? They are awsome.
    Coin microscope?
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  5. #5
    Jan 2014
    Newton, NC
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    You two ended the year with a bang! Great finds. Love the silver spoon. And the seated is awesome.
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  6. #6
    Oct 2009
    East Dirtyville
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    Awesome closers!
    Nice hunt
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  7. #7

    Jan 2007
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    Good video. Doug wants that egg holder-LOL. The"Holy Terror" with her new machine was hell on those powder flasks. Tell her I have only dug one PF top & it came from a U.S. camp that Tenn. digger found. You two had a good hunt. I hope Molly doesn't get burned out on digging-LOL. That seated was a beauty as you described yesterday. Good luck tomorrow. HNY, Q.
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  8. #8
    Oct 2011
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    Nice year end hunt. Mine didn't pan out the way I hoped but I did manage a few three ringers, a few .44 pistol rounds, a couple flat buttons and misc. Yours went very well. If I were you I'd start the new year at the same spot.
    Best of luck!
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  9. #9
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    Mar 2014
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    Wow . Just wow !

    Thanks for sharing and making me jealous.

    Cool finds and congrats
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    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

  10. #10
    Jun 2012
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    Th at an incredible end of 2014!, neat how that seated cleaned up, to the untrained eye it might have gotten written off as a counterfeit, nice save!!

    Happy new year!
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  11. #11
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Hell of a hunt Buck. That spoon piece is incredible with the initials. I love stuff like that. And some very nice coins as well bud. Looking forward to your year end post. Mine got moved instantly. Maybe with your clout they'll keep yours around lol
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  12. #12
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
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    Hello Buckleboy,

    Congratulations on your hunt! You and your wife found some very interesting items.

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  13. #13
    Relic hunter

    Mar 2008
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    You all did great, Congrats and Looking forward to the year finds.
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  14. #14

    Jan 2015
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    The ship emblem in the first photo is from an old Plymouth automobile, probably 1930's. The dpcd on the back is the logo for Desoto Plymouth, Chrysler, Dodge, the early form of mopar.
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  15. #15
    Aug 2008
    Southeast Iowa
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    Super find's, BB! Nice Seated!! DG's powder flask tops are cool!
    Your "badge" looks to be a car emblem..........the CDDP on the back stands for Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto, Plymouth........being a boat I would say Plymouth.

    Another great hunt!!

    Iowa Dale

    Oop's! Digginutah beat me by a few minutes!
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