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    Eastern Ontario Hunt – Military Button & 1850 Halfpenny


    I met up with my buddy pepperj on Thursday for a hunt in Eastern Ontario. He has a great relationship with the local farmers, probably because he farms as well. He got us permission for a site that had an old school, a blacksmith shop and as we later discovered a much earlier building not identified on the late 19thc map. The old school was located on a high outcrop of rocks, unfortunately a bunch of modern trash had been dumped there after the school was demolished in the 1950s.

    We decided to concentrate our efforts on land to the west of the school, this is where we found evidence of a much earlier structure. It was here that my buddy pepperj found the ‘Flower’ button and to both of our surprise a ‘Royal Montreal Cavalry’ button! I did some online research but found no information on the history of this button. Based on its two-piece construction, I’m thinking it dates to the 1850s, the civilian ‘Star’ button would be of similar vintage. I found the remains of a ladies wristwatch, a horse harness bell and an 1854 Upper Canada Halfpenny Token. I also found a modern novelty token from Toronto; it never ceases to amaze me what turns up at these old sites.

    While detecting I noticed a very old wind powered water pump half buried in the ground, so I decided to take a pic of the old water trough and the concrete base of the well where the windmill had originally stood. Note the old horseshoe cast into the concrete used as a handle and the iron rings on the edge of the tough to tie up the horses for watering. A herd of ‘young girls’ came over to investigate what we were finding, but they weren’t impressed so they wandered away to talk to a bull in the next field.
    Thanks again to my very generous friend pepperj for sharing his site permission with me.

    Thanks very much for looking,
    Dave
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    Last edited by ANTIQUARIAN; Oct 05, 2019 at 06:23 AM.
    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
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    Wow! Congrats Dave. Great job on the restoration. Beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome finds and excellent restorations!
    I don’t think the ‘girls’ would have been too useful to you if they did stick around...
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    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawks88 View Post
    Wow! Congrats Dave. Great job on the restoration. Beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.
    Dave, Hawks88 says it all. If you return to that site, consider taking a thin medal rod to poke the ground to determine the extent of the old structure. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawks88 View Post

    Wow! Congrats Dave. Great job on the restoration. Beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you Hawks.
    I find a lot of these Upper Canada half pennies and I would gladly have traded it for the 'Royal Montreal' button my buddy found.
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat1750 View Post

    Awesome finds and excellent restorations!
    I don’t think the ‘girls’ would have been too useful to you if they did stick around...
    Thanks for your post Nick.
    Probably not but they were so curious and kept trying to lick us.
    Best of luck to you in CT,
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by Digger RJ View Post

    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
    Thanks Randy.


    Quote Originally Posted by invent4hir View Post

    Dave, Hawks88 says it all. If you return to that site, consider taking a thin medal rod to poke the ground to determine the extent of the old structure. Good luck!
    Great advice my friend.
    You could vaguely make out the outline of the structure in the field.
    It was probably 20' wide x 30' long, we're fairly certain it was an outbuilding as opposed to a house based on the finds.
    Dave
    Last edited by ANTIQUARIAN; Oct 06, 2019 at 06:38 AM. Reason: Grammer
    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Those are some awesome finds Dave.
    Nice going
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    Great job! The Cavalry button is super sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relicific View Post

    Those are some awesome finds Dave.
    Nice going
    Thanks very much for your post Relicific.
    Best of luck to you,
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by J.Cache View Post

    Great job! The Cavalry button is super sweet.
    Yes, my buddy was very excited when he found it.
    He actually borrowed my toothbrush twice to clean it in the field.
    Dave
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    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Those are some nice looking buttons and coin. Great job Dave!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aureus View Post

    Those are some nice looking buttons and coin. Great job Dave!
    Thanks very much Anton, although I can't take credit for the button find

    Hope you're saving lots of history in the east,
    Dave

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    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Great job on the Buttons Dave glad to see you doing so well,its always more fun to hunt with a friend Well done. I gotta get out soon just so busy this year, Tommy

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    Looks like another great hunt ..Congrats & Thanks for sharing!!
    You guys did an awesome job on the coin and button restoration.
    Last edited by thursdaythunder; Oct 07, 2019 at 06:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post

    Great job on the Buttons Dave glad to see you doing so well,its always more fun to hunt with a friend Well done. I gotta get out soon just so busy this year, Tommy
    Thanks very much Tommy, pepperj and I only manage to get together a couple of times a year either in the spring or in the fall. He's always been very generous with sharing his site permissions. Of course, I repay him by letting use one of my 'demo unit' 2-ton excavators for a couple of weeks.
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by thursdaythunder View Post

    Looks like another great hunt ..Congrats & Thanks for sharing!!
    You guys did an awesome job on the coin and button restoration.
    Thanks for your post thursdaythunder, you live in a historic beautiful state. I worked for 5 years for a company based in Bangor. Although I live in Ontario, I was in Bangor at least 3 times each year, I even drove down from Toronto a couple of times.

    Best of luck to you in Bridgton,
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    love those buttons!!!
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