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    us
    May 2014
    Toano, Virginia
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    Silvers, relics, and my first time in the 1600's!!

    So I've had a pre-civil war permission near my home for a long time and have hit it here and there over the years with limited success. All that changed this week! There is an old home site (which is on a few CW maps that I have found) on the property that dates back, from what I've been told, to the 1700's. Unfortunately, the home site was taken over in the past 50 years by a large patch of bamboo.. I've attempted to traverse it several times, but swinging a detector in there is dang near impossible. The rest of the property is mostly crop fields and a little bit of woods. I have always tried to get into the fields, but the farmer that leases the land, keeps it growing almost year round. This last week, he said he was going to let it rest for a few weeks after he plows, so that was my chance. I went into the fields twice this week with my favorite digging partner, my son, and boy am I glad I did!

    Saturday, I started out by noticing that there is unbelievably little to no modern trash in the field, so if you hear something, it's probably good. My first couple good finds were the usual CW area relics, a round ball, mini-ball, and a few other personal relics (lead soldier, heart pendant, etc). Then it happens, out pops the most beautiful 1700's Asian "Tiger Bell".(At that point I thought it was a crotal bell.) I cleaned it up and it even rings! I am in love! At that point I am over the moon and didn't care if I found another thing that day, but I did! Not 15 minutes later, six inches down, I see the gleam of silver and out pops a 1799 half Reale! My first 1700's coin, and first Spanish Reale!!

    Flash forward to yesterday, I went to a new part of the field. This section was closer to the home site, and a lot trashier. I found lots of the usual homesite junk (wire, tin, etc.) but mixed in with that was treasure! I found one flat button, and a small decorative broach. Then I get a quiet squeak with a VDI of 79-80. I dig about 6 inches down and recheck the hole. Much louder tone now, an VDI showing high 80s. 6 inches more and now into a sandy layer, and out comes a gorgeous 1925 peace dollar! Amazing!

    It was getting late, and my son was getting tired so we decided to head back to the truck. On the way out I get a mid 70's signal, and find my first peice of the 1600's, an awesome trapezoidal buckle! After a small amount of research I discovered that an example of the same buckle was found at Jamestown settlement, in Williamsburg, Va. which I live about 20 minuets from!

    Overall an absolutely Amazing week!! Thanks for reading!
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    Last edited by RebelYeller; Jun 17, 2017 at 08:11 PM. Reason: correction

  2. #2
    us
    Oct 2009
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    Smokin' hunt and finds esp. that Tiger bell and the buckles , ahhh may I ... all of them !

    CMDdawg
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    us
    Jun 2015
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    Very nice hunting. Never Heard of or seen a tiger bell but it looks old. Your buckle is actually referred to as a trapezoidal but most definately 1600s
    Last edited by toasted; Jun 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM.
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    Colonial silver pomander-1600s trefoil spectacle buckle-Late 1600s two piece assymetrical buckle(avatar)-Charles II half real cob-Philip V 1 real cob-Philip V cut Pistareen-colonial silver cufflink-1781 half real-Seated Half Dollar-2 Seated Quarters-21 Seated Dimes-6 Seated Half Dimes-3 Trimes-1865 love token-10k class ring

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    us
    Dec 2006
    Colonial Virginia
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    Beautiful bell and trapezoidal buckle. Have I run into you and your son in a field in K&Q county a couple of years ago?
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    us
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    Really amazing stuff! That tiger bell is something I've never seen or heard of. And a trapezoidal spectacle buckle is a 17th century relic I'm yet to find. I've found a few single chape 17th century shoe buckles but never that type
    RebelYeller likes this.
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
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    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
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    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
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  6. #6
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    Bob

    Jun 2014
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    Definitely a fantastic week. Beautiful finds...
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    amazing finds, love that bell, very unique and simple in design. congrats on the such wonderful finds
    RebelYeller likes this.
    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!"

  8. #8
    Congrats on your great hunt! I have no clue what a tiger bell is but it looks pretty cool as do the other finds!
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    Kevin

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    Wowser! That's a very fine bunch of bucket list finds you got there mate. I imagine your adrenal glands are shot after this amazing haul of goodies. Well done and please do get back in there for more.
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    Hey RebelYeller!! Really Neat Finds and Congrats!! My son is an Oral and Cosmetic Surgeon in Williamsburg!! Neat Place. Anyway, GOOD LUCK and GOOD HUNTING!! VERDE!!
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    Awesome finds! Quite a few bucket listers in that field. Congratulations!
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    Detect smarter, not harder.

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    Very nice trapezoidal, and a whole one is always a nice thing. Congrats!
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    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"


    Running totals:

    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 13
    Colonial State Coppers - 7
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 122
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 102
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - 900-1000

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    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
    1852 Trimmy trimmy trime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 King George II Farthing (mint fresh)





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  13. #13
    us
    May 2014
    Toano, Virginia
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    Quote Originally Posted by toasted View Post
    Very nice hunting. Never Heard of or seen a tiger bell but it looks old. Your buckle is actually referred to as a trapezoidal but most definately 1600s
    Apparently tiger bells were used in Asia to ward off evil spirits and bad karma, or so i read
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  14. #14
    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyfresh View Post
    Beautiful bell and trapezoidal buckle. Have I run into you and your son in a field in K&Q county a couple of years ago?
    Not that I know of Joey

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by RebelYeller View Post
    Apparently tiger bells were used in Asia to ward off evil spirits and bad karma, or so i read
    It's onto you to check it out!
    RebelYeller likes this.

 

 
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