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Thread: Pair of SPANISH/1600s Buckles - 1812 Rifleman & Colonial Hoard

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  1. #1
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    Pair of SPANISH/1600s Buckles - 1812 Rifleman & Colonial Hoard

    Hey guys,

    Got out on two group hunts last week- the first on the colonial tear out in the lowcountry with Stef and Matt, then a second back upstate on the Nova site with DownNDirty. Back to the colonial tear out, a bit more dirt spreading has led to another nice new pile of colonial targets, although between the 3 of us the targets are getting a bit more scarce. That being said, these kinds of relic concentration don't come along often.

    Last month my favorite dig from the site was a early 1500-1650 strap buckle. Very ornate and unlike any I'd dug in the past...what are the chances they were lost as a set back in the 1600s? Got a nice deep target on the DEUS and out pops this buckle

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    A bit of cleaning revealed a similar motif- a matching set of 1600 era buckles.

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    Here's a look at the pair reunited after 300 years

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    Not far from the buckle, a dozer was scraping and leveling the pad. After Matt had finished sweeping the area, I worked in behind just before a few feet of fill got dumped on top. Got a nice 12-92 on the XP and quickly recovered the plug before getting flattened by the truck 1797 1 Real

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    This site had given up a pair of nice 82nd Regiment of Foot buttons along with some confederate varieties, so it was nice to dig the remaining War of 1812 era button. This rifleman variety dates from 1811-1813.

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    As usual a nice pile of civilian flats

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    Also scored a nice batwing buckle...given the post positioning I believe this one is 18th century. Found the horse tac nearby as well

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    One lonely general service coat

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    Still trying to pin this partial plate- given the style and construction(stamped brass) suspect its part of an early 19th century British naval buckle.

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    Perhaps something similar to this one

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    Various bosses and tacs

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    Furniture hardware

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    1888 IHP

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    A few Victorian era finds include a nice turn of the century picture button

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    Copper wedding band

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    Looking for help with this one- cast copper alloy...

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    Here's the group shot from the first dig

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    Onward to site 2- this one was a more of a scouting trip in the upstate. The first plot was a massive 700 acre section of fields. While the area seems promising, very few indication of any old homesites. Working our way back to another 18th century field I did manage a few nice keepers.

    My first target was another screamer...not sure how Glenn's trusty CTX missed it 1816 large cent

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    This one was definitely the shocker- fresh out of the upstate red dirt

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    Second spanish silver in a week and 3rd on the year! 1781 1 Real

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    Few other flat buttons and a partial buckle rounded out the hunt

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    All in all, not bad for a scouting hunt- here's the group shot. As always thanks for looking

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  2. #2
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    man you killed it! Would love to be able to get on some 1600s land.
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    Epic hunt. That 1 Reale is sweet. And the group shot is unreal. Congrats!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    man you killed it! Would love to be able to get on some 1600s land.
    Thanks those buckles are certainly the earliest relics recovered from that dirt.
    Simon1 likes this.
    2018 Best Coins

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    -1727-1760 KGII
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    -1783 Nova Constellatio
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    -1805, 1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
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    2018 Best Relics

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    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820 Patriotic cockade button
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckle pair
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button
    -General service eagles

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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Epic hunt. That 1 Reale is sweet. And the group shot is unreal. Congrats!!
    Thanks PA dirt, that second 1781 reale came out great from the clay
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    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1805, 1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820 Patriotic cockade button
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckle pair
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button
    -General service eagles

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    Realey!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
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    Mind blowing sight and finds. The kind of place and finds that would cause me hunt into exhaustion and not sleep even though my body and brain is wrecked! Amazing. Have fun clearing more cool old stuff from this place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurios1 View Post
    Mind blowing sight and finds. The kind of place and finds that would cause me hunt into exhaustion and not sleep even though my body and brain is wrecked! Amazing. Have fun clearing more cool old stuff from this place.
    Thanks Kurios, hopefully a few more military surprises left in that dirt
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    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1805, 1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820 Patriotic cockade button
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckle pair
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button
    -General service eagles

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    Some great finds my friend! The Spanish are nice but those matching buckles are such a special duo. 17th Century tutu buckles are hard enough to find. I have maybe 3. To get a matching set of ornate buckles. Crazy hard to do. So congrats on a really amazing accomplishment. Very impressive. And always nice to get a Spanish with great detail
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    Fantastic hunt!
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    Great hunts and recoveries you had these past couple of hunts. Congrats on the buckles, silvers, and coppers, the cast Acorn shaped item is interesting and certainly has the look of something out of the colonial age.
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    Amazing group of finds! Congratulations!
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    The acorn piece looks like the top of a fireplace andiron.
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