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    Poor Richard's shoe

    Back to my colonial spot in the woods. I had just gotten out of work
    and had a couple of hrs to hunt at my favorite place to go lately. Anxiety was running high because darkness was on its way. One of my first targets that sounded pretty good turned out to
    be a horseshoe that was locked in a combination of roots rock and dirt. I spent quite a while trying to recover it. In the end it came out of the ground in two pieces as I impatiently pulled it out. Oh well let that be a lesson to slow it down and be a little more careful. As Poor Richard said: "haste makes waste." 5 minutes later...The next target was a jumpy signal that could have been anything so I gambled and jammed my shovel into the earth. Roots.... again. The frustration was back... better slow it down buddy... out popped a perfect large dandy! It was an exact match to the one I had found about a month earlier. Shank intact and it had evaded my wild digging . It's not me it's the shovel! My day was absolutely made! I kept swinging and after another 5 minutes on the side of the hill I got a decent higher tone signal. Let's dig! Carefully of course. Out popped a perfect buckle with a small root going through the middle. I reached in and broke the root. This wasn't just any buckle it was a colonial tongue and chape shoe buckle! It was completely intact! The theory is that it was worn by a member of the upper class and was probably thrown out when the style changed. A person of more meager means probably would have worn it until it broke. Like Poor Richard also said "waste not want not." These things were important and sometimes when people died they left shoe buckled to people. To me it was a small miracle to find this artifact complete as it escaped the ravages of daily use, time, plows, roots, and my shovel. 5 minutes later a ways down the hill I found a toasted us large cent. I believe it's a draped bust but who knows the soil at this spot is super harsh on coppers. What could be better? Sharing my finds with my hunt buddies who were off in another area of the woods. A member of my club who I consider to be an authority on this stuff dated the buckle to around 1770! This is the only shoe accessory I have ever been excited about! Nothing is free though: while chipping the dirt (it flaked off like paint) off the buckle with a toothpick I got a nice piece of corrosion flicked right into my eye. That night I felt the telltale itch of poison ivy. A couple days later while eating breakfast I had it on the table to admire it. Not realizing it was there my fiancť dropped a full bag of granola cereal right on it. I almost died. Thankfully it was still all together! I said some bad words but I forgave her! Who knows maybe the owner of this shoe spent some time kicking it with Ben Franklin himself! Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Thatís a really nice complete shoe buckle. One of my favorite relics to find
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    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2014
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    What a fine specimen! Wow, it certainly is preserved...I cannot imagine the workmanship that went into producing that by hand. Congrats on an extraordinary find! Ddf.
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    Jul 2010
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    Those are two real fine 18th Century relics!
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
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    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
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  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2009
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    Very nice...they both are a couple beauties. I would be just as happy as you are after finding them. I too find myself looking at relics several days later . Congrats to you Mister.
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    Tommy

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    Thats really nice I dont see those much
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  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2018
    Massachusetts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    That’s a really nice complete shoe buckle. One of my favorite relics to find
    Thank you! The funny thing is that a year or two ago I wouldn't have even known what this was. How many completes have you found in your days?

  8. #8
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcopperstax View Post
    Thank you! The funny thing is that a year or two ago I wouldn't have even known what this was. How many completes have you found in your days?
    I have found around 10 complete and another 15 or so complete frames without the tongue and chape
    coinman123 and xcopperstax like this.
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  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdigginfool View Post
    What a fine specimen! Wow, it certainly is preserved...I cannot imagine the workmanship that went into producing that by hand. Congrats on an extraordinary find! Ddf.
    Thank you for the words! If you look closely at the back side of it you can see grind marks. I can imagine that they had some kind of stone grind wheel that was powered by water or maybe even by foot. My guess is that these were made in England but who knows. I am sure there are other examples of this exact buckle out there but I haven't seen any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShovelinDave View Post
    Very nice...they both are a couple beauties. I would be just as happy as you are after finding them. I too find myself looking at relics several days later . Congrats to you Mister.
    Thank you very much! I spend a good time looking at my stuff and thinking about it after I've found it and done a little research. Call me crazy but I can almost relive finding it when I think about it!
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  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcopperstax View Post
    Thank you! The funny thing is that a year or two ago I wouldn't have even known what this was. How many completes have you found in your days?
    Yeah itís a lot of fun to learn about these colonial relics and coins. I too had no idea what I had found when my first shoe buckle came out. This forum is very helpful with lots of very knowledgeable folks.
    xcopperstax likes this.
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  12. #12
    That is one heck of a buckle. What a great relic. Our chances are very slim at best of finding one of those here in Illinois. I think I'm going to move Northeast !
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  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurehunter View Post
    That is one heck of a buckle. What a great relic. Our chances are very slim at best of finding one of those here in Illinois. I think I'm going to move Northeast !
    Thank you! There's always room for one more!

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    Yeah it’s a lot of fun to learn about these colonial relics and coins. I too had no idea what I had found when my first shoe buckle came out. This forum is very helpful with lots of very knowledgeable folks.
    That's amazing that you have found that many! Any matching pairs? Of all your buckles what is your favorite? Did you find your buckles in trash piles, or fields? Sorry for all the questions!

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    That buckle is in beautiful condition. Congrats on the amazing find.
    xcopperstax likes this.

 

 
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