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    Colonial relic hound

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    Decorative Colonial Sword Guard, Early Seated Liberty Half Dime and Two Cent Piece!

    I have been continuing to explore my new field permissions in search of more Colonial home sites, and my luck has continued. The short drive south of my home has paid off well lately. Dirtstalker (Allen) joined me in scouting a field that I had high hopes for and we weren't disappointed. Ten minutes after we got started I found a flat button and some pottery and brick fragments, which told us we were onto a home site; this one turned out to be early to mid 1800s. Other than a few flat buttons the finds were few but I did dig a small trash pit that turned up some interesting pottery.

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    Late in the day Allen being the bird dog that he is located a nearby home site that was loaded with late 1800s/early 1900s targets. The first target I dug turned out to be a two cent piece that has seen its better days

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    My last find of the day was a soldier's dog tag that dates to the late 1930s (thanks DCMatt for the id)

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    Allen scored an interesting cut one cent token from Camp Manufacturing Company, a predecessor to Union Camp

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    All in all it was a fun day; here is my take

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    A few days later I explored a high spot in other permission field where I had seen a few pottery sherds. Again it didn't take long before I was finding flat buttons without back marks and other signs of an 18th century home. Score again! The buttons kept coming, as did a nice etched brass cuff link and other goodies

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    Then last Saturday I invited VMIDigger (Jon) to come up and "share the wealth" as they say. First thing in the morning we did some scouting in a huge field but other than a musket ball we came up empty handed. But there is a LOT of acreage to cover there. Not wanting Jon to go home empty handed I took him to the 18th century home site that I found on the last hunt. He was not disappointed as he dug two very old coins.

    My luck continued when I dug a very old brass ring. Hard to tell if is was made in the 1700s or 1800s, but I was happy to recover such an old ring.

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    Then a few minutes later something really cool happened. I picked up a very strong brass signal and dug one of my new favorite relics-part of an 18th century sword guard! As soon as I knew what I had I looked in Jon's direction to get his attention and he yelled "I dug a one real!" So we compared our simultaneously dug stellar finds.

    Here is the sword guard

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    Thanks (again) to DCMatt I learned that this likely came from a French "short sword" also known as a "court sword" or "dress sword." There is bust on either side-one of a woman with a crown over her head (she is not wearing it) and the other is a man without a crown. Hard to determine the identity of the busts-any guesses? One possibility is King Louis XV and his wife Marie Leszczynska, which would date it to the period of 1725-1768.

    To finish off the day we revisited the home site where I found a Connecticut copper. In the adjoining woods I dug this cut 1838 Seated Liberty half dime

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    This was just the second year that the seated half dime was minted. It's in great condition (other than the fact that it was cut in half). I've found cut reales and cut half pennies before but never a cut US coin. Here are my finds for the day

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    ...and the saga continues...
    Last edited by DownNDirty; Feb 06, 2018 at 10:56 PM.
    2018 best finds:

    - King George II half pennies (2)
    - Cut 1774 KG III half penny
    - 1787 Connecticut copper
    - 1868 two cent piece
    - Three cent piece (no date)
    - 1867 shield nickel
    - 1838 & 1857 Seated Liberty half dimes
    - Victorian mourning ring
    - Engraved silver cuff link and mourning cufflink
    - Partial 18th century short sword guard
    - War of 1812 riflemen button
    - Confederate block "A" and block "R" coat buttons
    - Early NY militia coat button

  2. #2
    Glenn great digs. Some may think you're Lucky but if they knew the numerous hours you spend on your research and then getting the permissions they would know why. For those that don't know Glenn he is one of the best I know at research and is a great guy. That is evident by the fact that he let's me and Jon freeload on the many hundreds of acres he has secured. For that I am very thankful. If you ever get the opportunity to meet and or hunt with Glenn you'll be in for a treat. Thanks Again

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    I like the sword guard cage piece - nice ID. But my favorite is that ring. It absolutely screams 18th century! Nice jobs bud - super jealous of that ring
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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 - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - We’ll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
    1665 1-reale Spanish Cob
    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
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii





    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

  4. #4
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    Title? old fart

    Jun 2014
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    very awesome finds, love it all
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    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!"

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    Man those are some amazing finds all around. Very nice job. I love the old coins and relics.
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    NICE RELICS
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  7. #7
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    Colonial relic hound

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    I like the sword guard cage piece - nice ID. But my favorite is that ring. It absolutely screams 18th century! Nice jobs bud - super jealous of that ring
    Thanks Steve-if it is 18th century that's a first for me.
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    2018 best finds:

    - King George II half pennies (2)
    - Cut 1774 KG III half penny
    - 1787 Connecticut copper
    - 1868 two cent piece
    - Three cent piece (no date)
    - 1867 shield nickel
    - 1838 & 1857 Seated Liberty half dimes
    - Victorian mourning ring
    - Engraved silver cuff link and mourning cufflink
    - Partial 18th century short sword guard
    - War of 1812 riflemen button
    - Confederate block "A" and block "R" coat buttons
    - Early NY militia coat button

  8. #8
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    Never outgrew playin' in the dirt!

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    SC Lowcountry
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    Wow! Great finds. Love the irony of the half of a half dime! LOL
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    Feb 2017
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    Old rings are the best.
    Awesome hunt.
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    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Good play by play. Good pix. Thanx !
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    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    Massachusetts
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    What a great group of finds from pottery to cut coins, congratulations!
    Last edited by Professor of Engineering; Feb 07, 2018 at 08:15 AM.
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    I don't do this because I like it. I do this because I love it!

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    Those are some amazing finds!
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  13. #13
    Congrats on some great finds. It looks like your Half Dime really is a Half Dime !
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  14. #14
    us
    Mar 2009
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    Way to go Glenn-awesome recoveries and research.
    I am in agreement with Scrappy on age of ring. Patina and design just scream 18th century on that. Sword guard is a nice find as well.
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    Apr 2016
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    Congrats on a great hunt and recovering a lot of history! What were they thinking cutting a half dime in half? A half dime is already an incredibly tiny coin, cut it in half and it's only a matter of time before you lose it, but I guess you found it...
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