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    Yesterday's productive hunt yields rare rattlesnake and stars button plus much more

    It's been a very slow January for me as I've only managed to get in about 4-5 hunts which is a sad excuse for someone who's retired and can hunt every day. But my buddy Dan and I finally made it back out yesterday, and we had to brave the frigid low 20s, a biting wind and frozen ground to get in a little swinging. We returned to the spot where we found a 17th century house site in a logged area not long ago. But the finds there were sparse to say the least, so we decided to give the adjacent field another shot. In an earlier hunt, we had found what initially appeared to be a 19th century site on the far side of the field, and that's where I recovered that cool mid-1800s merchant token posted previously. But before we had left that day we started finding a few random, and earlier, targets adjacent to the house site that extended into an unassuming low spot in the middle of the field. Plus we had seen a little brick and heard some iron chirps, so we decided it was worth the effort to give that spot a more thorough look. And it was a good thing we did as we were able to spend the whole day steadily digging targets. Although the colonial coins eluded us yet again, I was quite happy with a 20 button day. And one of them turned out to be a seldom seen patriotic rattlesnake and stars button. That was a first for me, and I've been told these are quite rare. I also dug a solid silver button (oval-shaped) along with a number of other colonial buttons, an early knee buckle, a partially tinned 17th century trifed spoon handle, several lead and pewter musketballs, a cool turn-of-the century gilted locket, and other interesting items. Dan also dug a ton of relics which I'm sure he'll be posting later. Toward the end of the day we expanded our search area and were still hitting on a few random keepers, so we definitely need to make another trip at some point. But we need to refocus on getting into some productive, new sites, and its just a matter of knocking on some doors and catching folks at home. Hopefully we can make that happen soon. Had a fun day Dan - looking forward to next time.
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    Last edited by Bill D. (VA); Feb 01, 2015 at 09:49 AM.
    MY BOOK HAS SOLD OUT OF ALL 1200+ COPIES IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS. NO 2ND PRINTING IS ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS.


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    us
    Feb 2012
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    wow, super day digging. that is more stuff than I dug all last year. the rattlesnake button is awesome, rare and valuable. I collect pre-1865 buttons and that button is not often seen. huge congrats on some fantastic recoveries!

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    us
    May 2011
    North Carolina
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    I'd call that a fantastic day of digging. Great assortment of colonial goodies. Always look forward to seeing what you will dig next.
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    ca
    Feb 2009
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    Wow what a great looking button Bill and one that I've not seen before. Congrats!

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    us
    Jun 2012
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    Wow, now that is a productive hunt. The button is awesome. Congrats

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    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    You sly dog lol. A few good finds huh? I would call your email a bit misleading my friend. Are you a lawyer? That is the one button above all others that I want to find. Those snake buttons are the coolest in my opinion. Really cool after seeing Sons of Liberty and the Rattlesnake flag. Awesome find buddy. Hmmm I would suspect this would be a Banner find. It would be to me. I'm voting
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    us
    Title? old fart

    Jun 2014
    mid western ARK
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    what a hunt, I know you were hoping for earlier coins and such but that is still some impressive finds and then there's that really cool button
    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

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    us
    Mar 2009
    Central Kentucky
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    Those are remarkable finds. I found a stars and snake button in Kentucky a bit a few years ago. Unfortunately being new to metal detecting, I didn't pin point properly and hit it dead center with the shovel. Yours is a rare find and I am going to vote banner for it!

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    us
    Dec 2007
    Western, N.C.
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    Well deserved congrats on those finds!!

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    us
    Mar 2009
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    Woohoo, congrats Bill! My hunting partner was fortunate to dig one on one of our adventures to S.C.!! Beautiful and rare button indeed!!! Congrats on the rest of your Colonial booty as well!!!!

    IM
    HRD (Happy Relic Diggin)

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    us
    Jun 2012
    Northeast PA
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    Wow bill that button is absolutely beautiful, now that's the kind of stuff you don't see too often, fantastic digs yet again!

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    us
    Jul 2011
    Englewood, Ohio
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    Nice digs, Bill. I'd be happy if I could just get out. Love the Rattle Snake and Stars button, first one I've seen. What a great variety of finds there and great stuff as well. I hope you keep us posted when you get onto "A Productive New Site" ...........are you saying that you're getting bored with the productive "Old" sites"? lol........jk "But we need to refocus on getting into some productive, new sites well". Great finds/saves buddy, Big Congrats!

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    Great button and just goes to show you can't leave early signs unchecked. I've had a few surprises like that and made me better and more thorough for it. I believe the snake is one of the more common patterns as snake buttons go, but you got very nice dug condition.

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    us
    I would rather be happy then right

    Jul 2013
    Pa.
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    Holy Crap Bill!!!! Now that is a awsome piece of history...Soo much better then a cut silver or a Cob...Banner all day long..
    My vote is in.
    George

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    us
    Nov 2010
    California
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    What you dig despite lousy weather is totally awesome! Love rattlesnake button and the pendant.

    I grew up near Richmond & later lived 20 years in Charlottesville - recalling now how some VA winters are fierce while others very mild.
    Your posts always inspire the rest of us! Andi

 

 
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