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    1850s STAR MILITIA BELT PANEL PLATE! CANNOT BELIEVE MY EYES!

    I was metal detecting today with my trusty Garrett Ace 250 at my mom's new house in Sudlersville, MD (Upper Eastern Shore), which apparently dates back to 1910. I had detected there once before and had found a bunch of clad and a '57 wheatie; the wheat had raised my hopes for this hunt today. Found a lot more clad and a '41 wheatie, but the highlight of the day was this "belt buckle" that I had found several inches down after pulling out pieces of iron (thank god for my AT Propointer!) I was glad I avoided scratching it more than twice, but I had NO IDEA how incredible my find was until I got home. Considering the age of the house I figured it would be a Victorian era (late 19th-early 20th century) belt buckle, perhaps a civilian repro of a military buckle after I noticed the thirteen stars. NOPE!

    It is a US STAR MILITIA PANEL (BELT) PLATE DATING CIRCA 1850-1865!!! (A spitting image of the one Steve in PA found!)

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    WHAT IS IT DOING IN A 1910 YARD?!?!

    Perhaps it's a bit older than 1910...

    An 1877 atlas of the county shows a house near exactly where my mom's house is, and with the exact same shape!!!

    It was apparently the residence of a "Wm. Nickerson"

    I'll have to do more research on this guy and see if he was part of a local/state militia!

    Cheers, Kyle

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    Great find man!!
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    Big congrats. That's a bucket lister for sure.
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    BEAUTIFUL Buckle my friend! Congrats on THAT bucket lister!
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    Awesome save & really nice condition, congrats on the save
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    What a find! That's what I find so enjoyable about this hobby. You just never know what's going to come out of the ground. Kyle- your buckle is fantastic! Congratulations!

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    Im always scared of finding something that good because I might have a heart attack Oh and just like his, yours should get banner.
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    Sweet find! Way to go!

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    Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
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    Congrats on that belt plate I found mine almost exactly one year ago, June 16, 2018. Mine made banner and so should your's. My vote going in now!

    P.S. I wouldn't get to aggressive cleaning it. Soft toothbrush and no water.
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Jun 11, 2019 at 02:47 PM.
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    Boom baby thats what its all about. Well done
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