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Thread: French Colonial-1752 silver, cut silver, knee&shoe buckles & silver Auspice Maria

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    French Colonial-1752 silver, cut silver, knee&shoe buckles & silver Auspice Maria

    Itís been a while. Winter had me busy doing other activities but I finally got out and went on a road trip. I happened to have some great research and dropped in on a site that I donít believe was ever touched before. There was nothing. No cleared ground, foundation, or anything...just woods. With no stone nor brick, I believe the house was of Earthfast construction, common to that area back in the 1600ís and 1700ís. I gridded and found the site iron within a 1/2 hr. I started with a few flat buttons...all nice and old. Then a solid silver cufflink half.
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    Then I got a great signal and spoiler alert, thought it was a copper. Here the video...

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    And the rest...
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    Also found a pit filled with clam shells.
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    And the smallest Georgian buckle Iíve ever dug.

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    Turns out the coin was a 1752 French 1/2 ecu. A welcome change to the usual Spanish variety commonly found. Unfortunately this home burned sometime in the early 1800ís so the link and Ecu were are fire damaged. Here are the cleaned up pics...

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    Auspice Maria cufflink, essentially a monagram of the Virgin Mary. Itís considered catholic religious art and often found on many colonial French artifacts. (Thanks for the insight and info A!)
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    And a knee buckle with iron chape attached.Click image for larger version. 

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    And some great dandies, cone, and a nipple button...Click image for larger version. 

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    Also found a draped large cent (not pictured). What a great time. Iíll get back there one day but this was a very productive 3.5 hour hunt. Enjoy!

    Steve
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Mar 23, 2019 at 01:20 PM.


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    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 - Weíll over a 1000

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    1812 2nd Regiment Artillarists pewter button
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    That is just a incredible hunt!!! Iíd say mind blowing. Congratulations

    Iím from Louisiana so I love the French 1/2. Incredible
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    Exceptional research and finds sir.

    The cuff link is really special. Good luck buddy.

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    Wow awesome finds! Love the little buckle! Congrats on the French silver!
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    Scrappy, FYI, the problem with your title is it is too long, that is why Maria is Mar, you exceeded the max letter limit for title..
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    Amazing job researching and exceptional finds! I would feel proud to discover such a site. Huge congrats man!
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Working on the title...hang on!
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    East coast, please remember we have rules on language, using characters to bypass censor still violates our rules..
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    Nice research and finds. Early French silver in the US is banner worthy imo and colonial silver cufflinks not too shabby either
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    Well well well....welcome back old friend. Pretty crappy hunt to get back on the board with donít ya think lol? Great job buddy. Warms my heart to see my bud back on the old dirt. I just plugged in the Deus to make sure sheís ready to go. You inspire me bud....like the wind beneath my wings
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    That’s great research you done there and it paid off big time.
    As you mentioned,French colonial silver is a very rare find in N.A.
    So congrats.
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    nice site with some awesome finds
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    Outstanding post and finds...love finding French silver!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Tom View Post
    Exceptional research and finds sir.

    The cuff link is really special. Good luck buddy.
    Thanks Tom. The cufflink was certainly the last thing I expected early in the hunt. First solid silver one for me
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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 - Weíll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
    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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