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    Max

    Aug 2016
    Upstate, NY
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    First GW Inaugural Button and It's a Beauty!

    I had two goals for this detecting year and this is one of them! I hiked to a new site on Sunday and literally the third hole I dug was this:

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    It was only four inches down in some nice clay soil which I think is why it's so well preserved. I hadn't even decided if the site had been hunted before, so to say I wasn't expecting this to turn up would be an understatement. And to top it off the shovel didn't come close to hitting it so no rueful scratches or dings to make me feel bad every time I look at it! After some extremely carefull cleaning here's how it came out:

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    My technique was slow and gentle brushing with q-tips and I purposefully left dirt in the etchings so that I could keep the contrast and have the design really pop. It still has fantastic definition and I love the black patina. After safely stowing this I continued to grid the site and I am now certain in has never been detected before because the find density was incredible! Here are just the buttons:

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    Most are medium or large tombac buttons (including the odd bowl-shaped one in the last photos), but there were a couple brass flat buttons too. Most of those had "London" backmarks so the distribution seems to be from the latter half of the 18th century to just the beginning of the 19th. I was actually surprised since I was expecting this to be a mid 19th century site.

    There were a few coins including a 1787 Connecticut copper that would be the find of the day on any other hunt:

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    There's enough definition that I'm reasonably confident that it's a Miller 12-Q which is listed as scarce. I also found a toasted KG III and an 1829 large cent that's in okay shape.

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    My other favorite find of the hunt was this beautiful, intact No 2 crotal bell.

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    I find fragments all the time, but rarely intact specimens and this is only my third with the maker's mark. I didn't find any mention of "RW" in American bellmakers, but I did find one in the UK. Robert Wells from Aldbourne operated a foundry as did his son and grandson. The foundry was established in 1755 and operated for the three generations until bankruptcy in 1825. Since the "RW" mark likely didn't change during that time, it could be from anywhere in that range, but based on the site it's probably from the time of the son Robert Wells II so late 18th century.

    There were quite a few bits and pieces, some of which I can identify, and a few mystery pieces:

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    The pewter cone shaped piece is odd, but very decorative. There was surprisingly little large iron, but I've only just started to cover the ground at this site so I'm sure it'll turn up. I have my work cut out for me though as it's nestled in thick brambles. They're mostly flat now, but it's spring so the site is beginning to close up and in a few weeks I doubt I'll be able to swing anywhere near it. I can only imagine what's still in the ground there, but it'll be tough to top this hunt!

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  2. #2
    mx
    I'm from Mexico

    Dec 2015
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    That’s is a very nice piece. Banner
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    Feb 2017
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    Congrats on that GW! Awesome other coins and relics too.
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    Apr 2011
    Wisconsin
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    Very nice button. Congratulations on that find and the other relics too.
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    Colonial relic hound

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    Home run! That's a beauty; we are all jealous but happy for you. Congrats
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    Jul 2010
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    You have been getting on some great sites lately. That GW is beautiful and you cleaned it perfectly.
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    Dan

    Feb 2016
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    Awesome finds. You are on a killer spot! Congrats.
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  8. #8
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    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

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    Beautiful GW button congrats on a great find !
    Gary
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    I`v been detecting for 49 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
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    Ryan

    Nov 2017
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    What a wonderful post! you really sound like you worked hard for these amazing finds, and the research and work has definitely paid off. Congratulations on all of the beautiful show pieces, with the center piece being the GW. Banner vote from me as well!
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    Congrats on those finds, especially the button. My Banner vote is going in.
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    VL Detecting

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    Thatís a lot of neat finds! Congrats!
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    Absolutely a killer hunt! Double killer on the GW button...Banner find!
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  13. #13
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    Silver Coin Fiend

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    Killer post, and big congrats on the GW button. That's one sweet looking specimen.
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  14. #14
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    Aug 2007
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    Congrats!!

    You can't ask for a better looking button. You have some other amazing finds there as well. Sounds like you've found a great old site

  15. #15
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    Title? old fart

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    beautiful GW button, I agree, Banner material. love the other finds too and that bell is sweet!
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