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    Found 2 Feet Deep in Civil War Camp... But It's Not Civil War...

    Greetings all, I finally had the chance to take my new NEL Storm coil to our secret Civil War camp to try and coax out some deep relics. Well, I found something DEEP, but it wasn't Civil War! I got a very faint but repeatable signal and started digging. I get down to about 18" and still no target, but the pinpointer is getting a stronger signal. A few more shovels full of dirt and I decide to probe around with my digging tool. Poking it into the dirt at the bottom of the hole, I feel it hit something, so I start moving the dirt to expose the target. I saw glass and some ashes in the bottom of the hole and immediately thought I had found a soldiers hut! Nope... The more I dig around, the more I start to see a more modern looking glass item looking back at me. After widening the hole a bit more, I manage to pull out the deepest signal I've ever dug. At first I thought it was a cheap ashtray from the 70s, but after I got it home and cleaned off, I realized that it was a Uranium Glass condiment caddy from the 20s or 30s! How it ended up 2 feet deep in the ground, I'll never know. The signal came from the tin ring around the dish. I guess it put off a pretty large halo that the NEL picked up. Anyway, I did manage to find a few Civil War relics as well. I got a couple of Minie Balls, a HUGE .70 caliber "plug cavity" Minie Ball, a toasted Infantry cuff button, some camp lead, an interesting PEWTER musket ball that was fired, a strange silver piece that was folded (any ideas??), a 1943-S War Nickel, and a 1953 Wheat. Nothing too exciting, but I'm definitely happy with the condiment caddy. It glows an AWESOME neon green color under a black light and will make a great display for the Civil War relics that come from the site. Thanks for looking and HH!

    PS: My hunting buddy ended up finding a Large Cent, .58 cal three-ringer, AND a modern Zincoln FROM THE SAME HOLE!!
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    If you search long enough, you will find what you are looking for.

    2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 1
    V Nickels: 2
    Jeff Nickels: 6
    Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 1
    Wheat Cents: 22
    Indian Head Cents: 3
    Civil War Bullets: 30
    Civil War Buttons: 13
    Rings: 3

    Awesome Relics:
    Uranium Glass Caddy, Silver Match Vesta, Railroad Pocket Watch, Patriotic Suspender Buckle(x2!), Civil War eagle piece, Civil War era gold mourning pin


    JUNK!: 50+ Lbs

    Total Hunts: 32

    Updated: 8/12/2018

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    Nice assortment of finds PinFire. Bet that glass bowl got the ole heart pumping! Thanks for sharing...
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    Very cool, love that dish
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    Minie balls and uranium glass... what? I’ve never seen that combo before, and bet I won’t ever see that again. That boggles the mind.

    Congrats on the cool finds.

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    That dish has been waiting patiently for 85 years or so for somebody to rescue it... That's a neat find!

    I like the variety of the other goodies you found, too!
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    Great finds PinFire ! I really like that bowl. Would like to hear how it came to rest there. HH
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    What a neat find. I see you also made a great display piece out of it.
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    Congrats on a great hunt.seriously
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    That's a cool display! Love the dish!

    Your silver bit looks like the match striker surface from a vesta.

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    Hillary sold that Uranium glass to the Russians. How did it get in a CW pit? That dish is OUTSTANDING and valuable, congrats. Sub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subterranean View Post
    Hillary sold that Uranium glass to the Russians. How did it get in a CW pit? That dish is OUTSTANDING and valuable, congrats. Sub
    She obviously did not have the intel on this piece because it was in an unknown silo. Other wise it would be speaking Russian
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    Very nice find! The rest of the hunt was also good, love the old coppers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    That's a cool display! Love the dish!

    Your silver bit looks like the match striker surface from a vesta.

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    That's it! Thanks Matt!
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    If you search long enough, you will find what you are looking for.

    2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 1
    V Nickels: 2
    Jeff Nickels: 6
    Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 1
    Wheat Cents: 22
    Indian Head Cents: 3
    Civil War Bullets: 30
    Civil War Buttons: 13
    Rings: 3

    Awesome Relics:
    Uranium Glass Caddy, Silver Match Vesta, Railroad Pocket Watch, Patriotic Suspender Buckle(x2!), Civil War eagle piece, Civil War era gold mourning pin


    JUNK!: 50+ Lbs

    Total Hunts: 32

    Updated: 8/12/2018

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    Very very nice, th glass dish is exquisite!

    Congratulations

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