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    1767 FRENCH GRENADIER SWORD!!! Pepperbox Pistol and our 100th Seated Silver!

    Hello All,

    I'm absolutely shocked. Evidently I've just dug a 250 year old, 1700's military sword of the type carried by the U.S. Continental infantry troops during the Rev War. There aren't too many things I could dig and be completely shocked. Well this is it. Here's the video:



    Went out with Shangalang and my wife, Diggergirl. We hit the cane fields after speaking to the owner of the property and seeing how they were doing and how their Thanksgiving was going. Pretty soon Shang hit a shield nickel, then I got a V. Then Diggergirl came smiling with a broken brass hammer used for working around natural gas and oil (won't spark). But it was a psych out, as she then opened her hand to reveal our 100th Seated coin dug since we started digging in 2012: a taco bent 1851-O Half Dime:

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    After that I eyeballed a nice Shield nickel on top of the ground:

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    Then surprisingly I eyeballed another--also right on top!

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    The craziest part is that BOTH of these coins had dates--1869 and 1871! (Although I knew that the second one would be a nice one when I wiped it off in the field)

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    We eyeballed a ton of porcelain buttons. Common to find a few. Uncommon to find a handful:

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    Then Shang left after lunch to prepare to roast a whole pig and DG and I kept digging! Soon DG came running up with a find I've never seen made before in person--what I strongly suspected to be a PEPPERBOX PISTOL! Doing some quick googling confirmed it! I'm almost positive that this is an Allen & Thurber six shot pepperbox pistol from c.1837!

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    After light cleaning, I was pleased to be able to open up almost all of the percussion cap nipples with a safety pin, and all but one barrel cleaned out well (the last barrel may actually still be loaded).

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    Then Digger Girl got a lead toy cannon (early 20th c) and this strange tiny brass arrow that looks like it was braised onto something:

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    I walked up on a nice find, a Civil War Enfield tompion, where it had washed out of the ground:

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    Then I got a nice, 12 inch deep 86 reading. Too low for a silver half. Too high for a silver quarter on my F75. I was thinking that it had to be a piece of brass pipe (we've found some plumbing stuff in this site, as it's a mixed site with old and new, including a lot of aluminum can!). Over a foot down in the top of a row rolled out what I thought was exactly that--a brass piece of pipe. But I picked it up and it was HEAVY. Then I saw the shape and started screaming "SWORD!!! SWORD!!!!"

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    I just couldn't believe it. It was an entirely intact pommel except for the knucklebow and cross. But then I started searching online and wrote to the international sword forum for an ID and what came back shocked me even more! It's a model 1767 French Marine Grenadier Sabre! I'm just STUNNED to see this 250 year old military relic. SHOCKED! So it's either Colonial French or Rev War in provenance. Take your pick; in South Louisiana it's a toss up!

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    EDIT: Closer investigation reveals that it may be more like this style of the M1767, with the scalloped top. Note the ever-so-slightly different shape where the knuckle bow meets the grip:

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    I'm just shocked. Humbled by history.


    Wishing all of you the best,


    Buckles
    Last edited by BuckleBoy; Nov 29, 2018 at 08:45 AM.
    2020 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Republic of Texas Navy Cuff Button
    US Civil War Belt Plate
    Eagle Breastplate
    Louisiana Pelican Cuff Button
    Louisiana Pelican Coat Button
    Corps of Artillerists and Engineers Button 1798-1802
    Two CW eagle coat buttons
    One CW eagle cuff button
    New York Staff Officer Cuff Button
    Monogrammed Silver Love Token
    M1858 Remington Revolver Trigger Guard
    Coin Silver mid-1800s "Fede Ring"
    1820s-30s silver eyeglasses frame fragment
    dateless half real
    1850 20 centimes French silver
    1852 three cent silver
    1839-O, 1840, 1848-O, 1851, 1851-O, 1852-O, two 1853's, 1856-O, 1857, and 1858-O Half Dimes
    1891-O and one dateless Seated Liberty Dime
    1892-O, 1899 and 1906-O Barber Quarters
    1942-P and two 1943-P War Nickels
    shotgun breechblock
    iron prisoner shackles
    picket pin
    Spurs
    Plantation tokens
    Minieballs, Beefaloes, V and Shield Nickels, and some GawGag


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    A hunt like that one would just in a dream for me now.Awesome.
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    Helluva pile of finds there! Amazing what comes out of that place. It has to be like walking back in time being out there. Thanks for sharing those with us.

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    Awesome hunt!
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    Interesting and productive hunt. Enjoyed your post. Congrats!
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    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

    The Bald Eagle photo...he/she posed for me, gave me it's best American look. I felt privileged to get the shot.

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    Congrats on a hunt of a lifetime! wow, the history that you guys dug. the pepperbox pistol is a dream come true (or would be for me at least), the seated would be super nice, the nice V nickles and then that sword handle, what a hunt!
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    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

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    Congrats on a bunch of tremendous finds. 100 seated coins is quite a milestone. Kudos to you and your fellow hunters!!!
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    Thanks for sharing, enjoyed your post and congrats on the finds!
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    That is one fantastic relic and coin shooting hunt!
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    Um wow. What a variety of amazing old finds. Nice going!!
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    Wow, what a day.
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    WTG, BB, Shang & DG!!! Your "usual" exceptional coin & relic finds!

    Iowa Dale
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    An absolutely astounding hunt! Big congratulations, what an amazing variety of finds!
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    Wow!!!! Boy are my eyes green with envy. You guys really had a fantastic hunt.
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    Will, holy moly bro! That sword grip is incredible. Then the usual standard of Cane Bandit killer finds. Great to see you’re on the good stuff. Way to go
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    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"


    Running totals:

    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - We’ll over a 1000

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    1665 1-reale Spanish Cob
    Revolutionary War stirrup
    1812 2nd Regiment Artillarists pewter button
    1695 Willam 3rd Halfpenny in excellent condition
    G.W. Inagural Buttons - 6 Point Estoile cuff variety
    Love token etched on 1859 seated Dime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii





    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

 

 
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