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Thread: Rare 1600s Latten Spoons, Georgian Shoe Buckle, 1797 LC, My Best Relics Ever

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    Rare 1600s Latten Spoons, Georgian Shoe Buckle, 1797 LC, My Best Relics Ever

    Today was a crazy day. I've been making plans to get to an incredibly early site for months now. But it's a very tough place to get to and several factors have to be considered including tides, wind, boat size, and peoples schedules. Today everything lined up with the exception of the wind. It was blowing pretty darned hard but I had my mind made up. The big problem is that you need a fairly small boat to get to this location but you've got to go across mikes of open ocean....very nasty and unpredictable ocean. Small boat and open ocean is a recipe for disaster and that's almost what happened. We left the wharf around 5 am and quickly realized that it was very rough out there. But me being me and having a strong desire to get there we pressed on. The waves suddenly got big and started to break over the bow. The boat was going straight up and slamming down. I thought we were done for....all for some treasure lol. We managed to navigate to an island that was close by and seek shelter. We stayed tucked behind the island for about an hour and a half. Suddenly the sky turned blue and the wind began dying down. I had already given up all hope of getting to my dream site and then suddenly we were able to get back on course. A few miles later and we arrived safely.
    This particular spot has been hit with some terrible storms and the trees were payed down everywhere. A crisscrossed and tangled up mess. I almost just left because I saw no way of detecting in that mess. But after the effort to get there I figured we'd give it a shot. It was tough just walking and maybe 8% of the ground was huntable. I quickly found a couple of buttons and a copper coin. Eventually I got to what I thought was a very early homes site. I got a very very deep high tone and eventually got my fingers on an object. I could feel that it was a spoon bowl and was shocked when I pulled it out. An incredible complete 17th century Latten spoon. Likely mid 1600s. I think I've maybe seen one of these dug and it was my good pal Bill D. I was elated and super happy. A few minutes later I got a similar signal and dug another super deep hole. Out came another complete spoon even nicer than the first. Complete and with whati believe is a strawberry or pineapple knop. Amazing!
    I unfortunately didn't have much time to hunt by the time I got out there and had to leave soon. On the way out I dug a really cool Georgian shoe buckle. I also found a destroyed matron head and an 1876 Canadian cent in very rough shape. Last night I dug a KG and a nice 1797 LC.
    On the drive home I called George(Vino) and told him I was so psyched about the spoons. He didn't sound too impressed lol. So when I got home I texted him some pics and my phone rang instantly. He was blown away at the pics. I also contacted Bill D and he was really happy for me. I love having buddy's to share this stuff with. My gf wasn't too thrilled about 2 dirty old spoons lol.
    I know some people won't think much of these spoons but I cant begin to explain how incredibly happy I am to have found these amazing 17th century relics. Behind the tree coin these are my favorite finds ever. Thanks for looking and listening to my rambling guys.
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    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

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    Not big on spoons..... except for those! I never thought I'd say banner for a couple spoons, but those are definitely worthy!
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    Becky

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    So glad you found something nice after that boat trip. Made me feel queasy just reading it. No boats for me. Got to be more good stuff there.

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    Man! Those are some awesome spoons! Not the newer flat handle spoons I'm used to. That is one of the most interesting shoe buckles I have seen too. You are on fire lately Abe, it seems you have been blowing everyone else on here away!
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    2014-2017 Finds
    1700s Sundial
    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
    1723 irish ˝ penny
    1730 KG coin toy
    2x AU 1803 LC
    1722 1/2 Penny
    1779, 1781˝ Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
    1805,1838 LC
    26 Coppers 17 colonial
    175 1720-1850 buttons
    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
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    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Not big on spoons..... except for those! I never thought I'd say banner for a couple spoons, but those are definitely worthy!
    I agree, those are banner worthy relics.
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    2014-2017 Finds
    1700s Sundial
    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
    1723 irish ˝ penny
    1730 KG coin toy
    2x AU 1803 LC
    1722 1/2 Penny
    1779, 1781˝ Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
    1805,1838 LC
    26 Coppers 17 colonial
    175 1720-1850 buttons
    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
    Cleaning Finds:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ge...ns-relics.html

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    TOM

    Dec 2012
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    Great pieces of history !!!
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  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2008
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    Excellent finds ! What is the composition (alloy ?) of the spoons ? Great 1797 DB. You do come up with the spots ,
    Spot on with the research I'd guess .

    (That gold brick under your avatar pic looks good too !)
    Last edited by Argentium; May 22, 2015 at 06:57 PM.

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    ARC

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    Check the back neck of the spoon very carefully for any marks...

    Would be great to have dug up a "Revere"... heh

    P>S> BANNER.
    Last edited by AARC; May 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM.
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    So many old sites to hunt....so little time.

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    Awesome Abe. If that's what 8% of the exposed ground gives up I cant wait to see what turns up there when you can cover more ground. Keep up the good work.
    McClod and Davers like this.
    Best Finds:

    1786 Vermont Landscape Copper (Ryder 7 variety)
    1787 Vermont Copper
    1787 New Jersey Copper (Maris 63 variety)
    1797 and 1804 DBLCs
    George Washington Inaugural Button (GW 1 type)
    1872 Indian Head Cent (VF/EF condition)
    1866 Indian Head Cent (EF condition)
    1864 "L" Indian Head Cent
    Hard Times Tokens---2
    1840 Gen. Harrison Campaign Token
    1832 Nova Scotia Halfpenny Token
    Two cent pieces---7
    1721 King George I
    1732 King George II
    Barber Half dollars---3
    War Of 1812 Shoulder Belt Plate

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    ca
    May 2008
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    I like the sound of the "adventure" the best, I've had some of those where we were very nervous to even turn around, and head back. Afraid of being capsized by a side-on wave. The wind was strong enough that my buddies hat blew off, and probably went a 100 yards before it touched down. So I love the story /post

    The spoons are cool, but like any kind of iron, don't do much for me. No offence, to each his own, right.
    I do like very much the buckle, and would have risked life, and limb on such a trip for that.

    One question, the other fellow with you, was he (must be) a MDer too ?

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    us
    Jun 2012
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    Banner!

    Ahab you must have a guardian Angel! No wonder you have no competition, dolphins don't count!
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    Wow Abe - I'm still totally astonished with these incredible finds! I've never seen any complete and very early spoons like that dug in the US other than at Jamestown. Very rare and historic finds indeed. Many folks here may not have an appreciation for such unique and early recoveries, but this is an obvious banner day for you. And I urge folks to cast their banner vote for these spoons as it'll be a long time before you see anything comparable posted here. Many congrats again my good friend, and I hope to see the spoons up top soon.
    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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    Oct 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Not big on spoons..... except for those! I never thought I'd say banner for a couple spoons, but those are definitely worthy!
    Thanks a lot brother. I knew you and a few others would really appreciate these. I am really thrilled to have them. I appreciate the Banner nod bro
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

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    Detect smarter, not harder.

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    Those are great spoons dude. Even my wife thought so and she just said "all coins look alike" when I showed her my newest seated half. My point is holy moly, I love those spoons and they're amazing. They cast a shadow on the 1797 LC which is an incredible feat in itself. Therefore Id say these spoons are banner material baby!!!!!!!!


    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"


    Running totals:

    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - We’ll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
    1665 1-reale Spanish Cob
    Revolutionary War stirrup
    1812 2nd Regiment Artillarists pewter button
    1695 Willam 3rd Halfpenny in excellent condition
    G.W. Inagural Buttons - 6 Point Estoile cuff variety
    Love token etched on 1859 seated Dime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii





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