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    1700's Luckenbooth TRADE Silver!

    Hey guys,

    Headed back out to an old colonial permission, turned honey hole recently with Stef45. Weather hasn't been great, but we did manage a get in a few hours before the rain ran us off. Every time I walk away from hunting here, I start researching new sites as we assuming it must be pounded out. Countless hours gridding with both the CTX and Deus have almost certainly cleared the good stuff...not quite. Instead of walking in grids, I decided to change the angle of the coil by walking in a concentric circle on the main iron patch. Today's weapon of choice was the mighty XP Deus and my first target was the mythical whisper signal. 99% of the time these top of the right horseshoe targets are deep iron (OutdoorAdv can probably speak better to this), but every now and then its a deep non-ferrous target. Dug the plug, but still no target...with all the iron there is no chance of a clean pin point so I widened the plug and dug a bit deeper. At the point were the sandy top soil met the hard clay (12-13 inches) my pin pointer finally rang out. Never thought I'd see one of these in person...1700s Luckenbooth trade silver brooch!

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    A bit of history on these- A Luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. Luckenbooth is traditionally given to a bride by her groom on her wedding day as a symbol of love (heart) and loyalty (crown). They were also attached to either the bedclothes or the clothing of a newborn child as it was believed to ease child birth and insure good breast milk. These brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts with Scottish motifs like the St. Andrew's Cross or the thistle. The crown is designed after that of Mary Queen of Scots. She gave a Luckenbooth brooch to her betroth decorated with her monogram and a thistle. The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland along with the Latin motto, Nemo me impune Laecessit ("No one provokes me with impunity"). Silver was the usual material, although gold heart brooches were made for wealthy people. Some brooches were engraved with initials, dates or mottoes. Inexpensive glass paste "gems" or stones (described in ancient advertisements as Cairngorm stones) were sometimes used on silver brooches. Its name is believed to have come from the "Locked Booths" where these brooches were sold on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Locked booths were shops in Edinburgh from St Giles to Canon gate which became the city's first Jewellery shops in the 16th century (luckenbooth was a Scots word for a lockable stall or workshop). They were demolished in 1817.

    By the mid 18th century luckenbooth tokens also featured heavily as trade silver items to the indigenous peoples of North America, particularly the Six Nations and Iroquois Indians. As a result, Iroquois created their own "Iroquois brooch" and luckenbooth became a common decorative symbol in 18th and early 19th century native clothing.


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    This silver brooch is without a doubt my favorite civilian relic recovered to date.

    Not far from the brooch, I got another whisper target- at about the same depth at the clay layer. 1781 1/2 Real Spanish (this time with the CTX)

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    As if these 2 silver weren't enough I also checked the 1857 flying eagle cent off the bucket list

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    Also pulled a crusty 1873 IHP

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    As far as other relics go, recovered a few nice flat buttons- 1 with silver wash and another with a flower design

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    Few other unmarked flats

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    Also dug a pewter spoon

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    Pair of 18th century leather bosses

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    Along the perimeter of the property I started digging a ton of camp lead- also these tent rivets (one still has the leather intact)

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    This one is a bit of a mystery- maybe early stained glass fragment (green class with lead in back)

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    Also a nice iron buckle destined for the electrolysis tank

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    Suspect this button is turn of the century- cloth covered with iron back

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    All in all another hunt for the record books for me- trade silver brooch, Spanish, and a Flying Eagle cent has set the bar high for the rest of 2017. As always thanks for looking and good luck out there

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    Last edited by VMI Digger; Jan 22, 2017 at 11:10 AM.
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    Congrats on the absolutely amazing finds!!

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    Excellent hunt. Thats the third silver trade brooch posted in as many months. Hadnt seen any for years before that. What is a leather boss as I have found many and wondered what they were for
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    Wow. Mind=blown
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffInMass View Post
    Congrats on the absolutely amazing finds!!

    -- Jeff --
    Thanks Jeff, back at it once this rain clears
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    Quote Originally Posted by toasted View Post
    Excellent hunt. Thats the third silver trade brooch posted in as many months. Hadnt seen any for years before that. What is a leather boss as I have found many and wondered what they were for
    Hey toasted, leather bosses or bit bosses were decorative copper and brass pieces attached to saddles and harnesses. Style and design helps to date a site in a similar manner as buttons.
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    -Rattlesnake button
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    Ken

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    That is one heck of a find there!! Or bunch of finds i should say Congrats!! And thanks for taking the time to make such a good post with detail.
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    Holy Moly! Jon you outdid yourself. I must say I heard about your find through the grapevine, but I'm floored by the post.

    Absolutely positively a Banner find. My vote is going in man.
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    Couldn't believe it when you dug it! This site just never stops! Should be a banner seeing as others have been banners and this one is even more decorative. Congrats man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac View Post
    Wow. Mind=blown
    Thanks Isaac
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    -British neck stock
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    -1600s strap buckle pair
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  13. #13
    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    Holy Moly! Jon you outdid yourself. I must say I heard about your find through the grapevine, but I'm floored by the post.

    Absolutely positively a Banner find. My vote is going in man.
    Hey Steve, I've had the opportunity to dig some serious low country history in the last 3 years, but this one is right up with the slave tag and Rev War pewters. Thanks for kind words and banner nod
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    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

  14. #14
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    Congrats on the great finds! I'm so glad you posted the info about that Luckenbooth brooch. I recently found one here in MA and thought nothing of it...had no idea what it was or if it was old. It was in a field where I had found other Colonial relics...a spectacle buckle, Draped Bust LC's, etc. This is what I love about this hobby....and of course TNET!!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackalopeZL1 View Post
    That is one heck of a find there!! Or bunch of finds i should say Congrats!! And thanks for taking the time to make such a good post with detail.
    Thanks buddy, glad you enjoyed the narrative and pictures
    2018 Best Coins

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    -1739/1786 1/2 Real
    -1781/1797 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1805, 1816 LC

    2018 Best Relics

    -18th century gold ring
    -Rattlesnake button
    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -British neck stock
    -18th century toy cannon
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820s Patriotic cockade button
    -1600s strap buckle pair
    -SC militia button x3
    -Confederate artillery button

 

 
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