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    Cool Railroad Baggage Tag - Atlantic & Great Western Railways

    Hit a mid to late 19th century house site over the weekend. I had been in there a couple times in the past, but it was always too overgrown to cover much ground. It’s a little more accessible right now. The best find is definitely the railroad baggage tag from the Atlantic & Great Western Railway. I was told this tag dates to around 1864. This railroad existed as the A&GWR from 1858 to 1880 and was once owned by General George McClellan of Civil War fame. For more on the history see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlant...stern_Railroad
    The oldest find is easily the “rat tail” pewter spoon bowl. Unfortunately, the only coin was a thoroughly toasted fatty IHP.
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    Also dug these misc small relics:
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    And some larger relics, most of which are destined for the scrap bucket.
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    Last edited by Steve in PA; Mar 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
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    That is one old RR tag! Those are sure nice to dig! Glad ou made it out while the ground cover is down! Those other relics are sure nice also! You sure find some great stuff!

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    Very cool piece of history with that luggage tag and I bet it sounded really sweet. Nice crotal bell and suspender buckle as well. What is the item center row left in the keeper photo? Looks like a horseshoe design in there? Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggingthe1 View Post
    That is one old RR tag! Those are sure nice to dig! Glad ou made it out while the ground cover is down! Those other relics are sure nice also! You sure find some great stuff!
    Thanks! Those old baggage tags are cool bits of history and very collectable. I have only dug one other one in 30+ years.

    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Very cool piece of history with that luggage tag and I bet it sounded really sweet. Nice crotal bell and suspender buckle as well. What is the item center row left in the keeper photo? Looks like a horseshoe design in there? Congrats!
    Thanks Thad. The piece you're referring to is a fancy, stamped brass brooch or something. When I first dug it I though it may be some patriotic piece since it was sort of shaped like a shield. It had a wire bar across the back when I first dug it, but that got lost somehow. I'm still working on getting the encrustations off.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

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    Nice find Baggage Tag Steve in PA. Here is a member that found a A&GW RR Padlock (Aug 23, 2013, 05:59 PM) to go along with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vpnavy View Post
    Nice find Baggage Tag Steve in PA. Here is a member that found a A&GW RR Padlock (Aug 23, 2013, 05:59 PM) to go along with it!
    Thanks for the link. I like the railroad related items.
    sprailroad and vpnavy like this.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

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    This hunt looks like it was a ton of fun! The RR tag and bell are something i am actively searching for. All though are very cool pieces , congrats!
    Steve in PA likes this.

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    I thought Steeler/Pirate/Penguin country was snow covered? If so, you sure defied Mother Nature on that hunt!!
    Love the RR tag. Being a former RRer, I'm always excited to find anything related to the days of the Iron Horse. Congratulations on a great hunt and finds!
    Steve in PA likes this.
    Back to the hunt.........

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    Really like the Railroad Tag, my grandfather was a Railroader for the Great Northern, would love to find some artifacts associated with trains! Congratulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by can_slaw View Post
    This hunt looks like it was a ton of fun! The RR tag and bell are something i am actively searching for. All though are very cool pieces , congrats!
    Thanks! The bell I would consider a sleigh bell rather than a crotal bell. The RR tag was a pleasant surprise, only the second one I have ever dug. I hope you find yours soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chizzy View Post
    I thought Steeler/Pirate/Penguin country was snow covered? If so, you sure defied Mother Nature on that hunt!!
    Love the RR tag. Being a former RRer, I'm always excited to find anything related to the days of the Iron Horse. Congratulations on a great hunt and finds!
    Thanks Chizzy. We were too far west to get the heavy snow. This past weekend was perfect weather for detecting.
    Chizzy likes this.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

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    That railroad tag would make my day! Great find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLK HOLE View Post
    Really like the Railroad Tag, my grandfather was a Railroader for the Great Northern, would love to find some artifacts associated with trains! Congratulations.
    Thanks! Keep looking, there are plenty of railroad buttons, tags, locks, and keys out there waiting to be found!

    Quote Originally Posted by thrillathahunt View Post
    That railroad tag would make my day! Great find.
    It definitely made my day once I cleaned it off and realized what I had. My railroad baggage tag collection just doubled Here is the first one I found

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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

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    Ahh Senior Stevano Delgato nice tag would love one for my collection..Love those personal old finds....

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    Steve in PA likes this.
    Coming to a Cellar near you...

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    Nice baggage tag. One of my favorite relic finds is a rr tag with the name of the town I live in on it
    Steve in PA likes this.
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    Sweet tag! Nice digs!
    Steve in PA likes this.

 

 
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