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    New site yields incredible find (SC Militia Plate)

    About a week ago I found one of the many home sites I had been looking for. Circa 1805 and gone since about the early teens/twenties.
    Went to Va with Greg Toney (SC digger)for a large hunt and after finding nothing but bullets was itching to get back out on familiar ground.
    We finally got a chance to get out yesterday and while only scratching the surface, it produced some very early relics and appears to have never been hit.

    About one hour into the hunt I got what is to date, my best find. S C Militia plate. Only about 1 inch down, it is a little bent but still in incredible shape. I fist thought it was the early Us Sword belt plated due to the shape but after an initial rubbing could easily see one of the state seals under the Palmetto tree. Everything is intact including the hook, bar and the small, sliding tines that accompany this particular style.
    To say I was excited would be a huge understatement!!

    Holding off on cleaning until I decide if I want to get it restored or not. We are anxious to get back out as this site could/should produce some early militia buttons as well.

    Thanks for looking
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    Last edited by Palmetto; Nov 23, 2017 at 09:46 AM.

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    Wow! What a great piece of history!

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    Congratulations Russ. Outstanding find!!! In this day and age any Confederate plate coming out of the ground is an amazing feat. In the serious relic hunters world this find is BANNER all day long and I have nominated as such!!! HH Devonrex
    Last edited by Devonrex; Nov 22, 2017 at 01:24 PM.

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    That is an exceptional find sir! Congrats on an great piece of Southern history.

    A few good pics, and I bet we see that plate up top.

    Wow...

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    Amazing find! Congrats!
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    Incredible find!! Very well done!!
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    Congrats on a great find
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    Goes to show....it is still out there. What a moment that must have been as you wiped the dirt away.
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    Awesome find!
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    Hot damn! What a great find
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    That is a top shelf bucket lister Russ. Congratulations! Add a nice pic after you have her the way you're gonna leave her so she will look nice on the banner. My vote going in now.
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    Very nice. Putting my BANNER vote in also. Congrats.
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    If this is not banner worthy, nothing is! Was an honor to be there when it happened and to capture it on video!!!! Coming soon!

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