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    Snakes, snakes, eveywhere! and buttons too. 5 Buckles!

    This week was my spring long weekend "vacation" During the course of said vacation I put 1,100 miles on my truck to go to various sites. The Ocean beach was great, I only got 1 coin but it was an 8 Reale Spanish cob. I also got some shells. I was a little disappointed in the shells. There were not many to be found.

    Day #2 was a hunt for Civil War items. I was (kind of) worn out from Thursday, so didn't dig very long. I got these buttons.

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ID:	1569224 In the photo are two Civil War general service buttons, a NY cuff with most of the gold on it, the face to a Union Staff officer's button which has seen it's better day, it's hard to make out. And lastly the back off an eagle button. NO bullets this weekend.

    Day #3 was another hunt at a Civil War and later site. There was an enormous amount of trash there. Some buckles of various sorts have been produced there in the past, but the past is the past.

    We arrived at 10 am and dug with a coupe other tnetters till 4 pm. Then drove the 10 billion miles home! At least it felt that way.

    We found all kinds of things, most dating to the Civil War and thereafter, although one of our group dug a NY State Button and I believe one of my buckles is 1830 ish. We found a lot of scrap. And trash.

    Towards the end of the day, we moved to a different area and things began to happen. Everybody resorted to digging holes, I just kept having on and checking some new areas. I got into one small area and got these buckles all in fairly close proximity to one another. Click image for larger version. 

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    Two - yes- that's two - Civil War snake buckles, a big, heavy generic brass buckle, a thin stamped brass buckle with a sailboat on it. If anyone has any idea what this is for, please let me know. It may be non military and lastly an iron buckle, fairly lightweight. If you notice carefully the two snake buckles are different types. One is a single headed snake the other a double headed one. Guess it couldn't make up it's mind.

    It was a fun day with some fun folks. At that point everyone was looking for the snakes. Two more snake buckles were found. I also gave another digger a trade for one. He had dug a some previously.

    As we were leaving, I spotted a garter snake, the live kind, on the ground in front of me, which was interesting as there are still a lot of patches of snow left. So I called out snake! and everyone was looking at the ground for a buckle! The little girl's friend was a couple feet away, (she was bigger), they were at the entrance to their underground lair. No, we didn't hurt them. No, I had left my camera in the car.

    Can I say the Deus sucks snakes out of the ground? Or at least eagles! I might want to clean them so more, but there really isn't any real value in doing that. The snake buckles are made of brass. Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by smokeythecat; Mar 27, 2018 at 06:26 PM.

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    Very Nice!!!
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    Killer relic hunt!
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    Wow,those snakes were jumping out at ya! Very nice job Smokey and congrats on the 8 reale too!
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    Cool...love the snake buckle!
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    Killer finds Smokey. Huge Congrats!! Live Snakes, brass Snakes, Eagles oh my! and HUGE 8 reale. Sounds like fun
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    Smokey,, you picked away at some incredible finds.
    Maybe, it's me but I don't see a picture of the 8 Reale Spanish cob??
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    The 8 reale was found way back on Thursday. It's on another thread.
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    WOW! what a hunt!! congrats!!!
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    Thank you all. Everything I own hurts, but I'll be back out tomorrow at another site. Not sure which one. Two of my current sites haven't been exploited yet. The snakes have some "white" on them currently. It's renaissance wax. I will clean them a bit more. And I used a little too much of the wax. FYI

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    Nice going on the snake buckles and the buttons. Driving all those miles to detect shows that you're just hooked real good on digging in the dirt.
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    smokey,your pictures are always nice to look at as always. And your finds this time were awesome.
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    Amazing snake buckles
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    Me, addicted to digging in the dirt?
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