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    Very Rare (1 in 5000) M1819 Shoulder Belt Plate

    My friend Lucas and I hunted a site a week or so ago that we hunted last April and he found a great conditioned SC button and a lockplate there previously and I walked away with a handful of mostly Confederate bullets as well as an 1863 Indian head cent some colonial relics and homesite relics scattered in the mix. The history of this site shows that it was close to a small battle atop a hill, there was also a small colonial house site there which was the main reason we wanted to try it. We think it was used as a camp or hospital site before and after the battle. It had signs of both Union and Confederate occupation. We stopped back there and were greeted by the incredible and hospitible homeowners.

    The first thing Lucas finds, less than 15 minutes in, is a musket lockplate from a m1842 .69 caliber rifle and shortly after that he finds a beautiful carbine sling buckle! The carbine sling buckle was on both of our bucket lists!

    I had nothing at this point but eventually started finding a few bullets and then quickly got into a small patch with some very nice dandy buttons in the mix. The finds started thinning out and we decided to hit another part of the site which looked promising. My first target in this area was a New York button and we kept finding bullets and various early brass targets. We stayed in this area for a little while and then I decided to venture into another part of the yard and there was not much in it, but there was one lone keeper... and it was a really good one. I had no idea what it was at the time, which was a good thing. It turned out to be a Model 1819 shoudler belt plate. Apparently this is one of only 5,000 ever produced!!! This was produced in 1819 and used from 1819-1828 by George Armitage for the U.S. militia. There's a high chance that plate could've been used by a Confederate soldier.

    After that discover, we continued to find a plentiful amount of colonial, victorian, and Civil War finds until it got dark. Other finds included a total of 13 bullets, several of which were altered or carved by soldiers, the back of a US General Service, a New York state button, part of a “J-hook” from a soldiers knapsack, an epaulette scale, the handle of a small knife or possibly a fleam, a WWI collar disk, a hem weight, a clip on earring with a glass face, a harmonica reed, three late 1700s flat buttons, portion of a mid 1700s tombac spoon, and some other miscellaneous colonial objects.

    Thanks for looking and happy hunting!

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    Nice finds!
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    nice!!! BANNER
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    Awesome!
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    That's a outstanding hunt! All great finds but that shoulder plate is killer. Banner find in my book. Congratulations!
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    Wow very nice! Congrats!
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    What a find!!!! U.S BANNER
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    Man! That is INCREDIBLE! Banner all the way! Congrats!
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    Beautiful historic buckle! A banner find any day! Must have been a rush seeing that come out of the ground.
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    Herndon, VA...my hometown. Go Hornets. Great finds.
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    What a great piece of history, congrats
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    Wow! Never even HEARD of one. Congrats man!
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    I think that this plate deserves a trip across the top. Banner vote headed your way. Good luck!
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    Awesome Hunt!!! Congrats!!!!
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