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  1. #1
    Feb 2015
    Middle Tennessee
    Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Max
    590 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Low Country Colonial Finds-GOLD!

    Took a trip over Thanksgiving to South Carolina and had the opportunity to hunt a plantation that I have hunted at least one day a year for the past 5 years. This place has not been hunted and I was constantly digging signals no matter where I went. I believe this was a settlement from the early 1700s that eventually was lost to history and then became a plantation and house site. Well, the site did not disappoint on this hunt.

    The top find of the hunt is a solid gold thimble. The thimble does not have any makers marks or initials but is definitely solid gold. It came out of the ground just as shiny as the day it went in the ground. It is unknown hold old the thimble is but it could date to the 1700s and most likely 1800s. I wish I knew more information on the thimble but from what I understand is that gold thimbles were usually given as gifts and were no used for everyday sewing. They also suggest that the family had some money if I had to guess.

    Also found what appears to be a revolutionary war solid shot cannonball. This would have to be confirmed by an expert but it is 2 lbs .6 oz and measures 2.44 inches in diameter. The best I can tell by the ordinance manual is this may be a 2 pound solid shot but there is not much info available for cannonballs under 3 lbs which were very common in the Rev war.

    There are several brass items that need identification so if anyone knows what the brass items are please help me out. I have identified the inside of the clock frame, colonial rosette, toy cannon that actually can be shot, KG 3 half penny, 1892 indian head penny, and civil war bullets. Some of the other brass items may be revolutionary war relics but I don't know much about colonial relics as I am mostly a civil war relic hunter. There are several flat buttons ranging from a nice dandy button, tombac buttons, pewter buttons with the P N markings on the back, and various other sized buttons. I am curious about the small screw like object with the ball and hole on the end, as wells as, the other brass items which I have no idea what they are.

    Thanks for looking and happy hunting!
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  2. #2
    Sep 2019
    Albuquerque, NM
    AT Pro, AT Max
    131 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Very Nice
    Tuberale and Joe-Dirt like this.

  3. #3
    They are out there! Big congrats, that will be one of the top pieces in your colonial collection!
    To me the toy cannon alone had make my day....

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Jun 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    5392 times
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    That’s one heck of hunt with finding the gold thimble, toy cannon, and a cannonball. I’d of been very happy with just one of those items. Good job!

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Jun 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    5392 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
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    Came back and voted banner on the gold thimble. Good luck.

  6. #6

    Apr 2008
    Central Illinois
    Fisher CZ-3D
    1002 times
    Congrats on a nice variety of finds,especially the gold thimble.

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    Sep 2006
    Fremont, Ohio
    Equinox 800, Fisher F-75 LTD2, CZ-70, CZ-21, 1280x, Vibraprobe 560, Minelab Pro-Find 35
    1090 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That thimble is gorgeous, congratulations! Nice mix of relics too.

    Research and ye shall find!

  8. #8
    Charter Member

    Nov 2012
    Western CT
    AT PRO/Ace 250w8.5x11" DD Coil/ Garrett Pro-Pointer/Garrett Pro-Pointer AT/ Vibra-Tector 730/ Radio Shack Discovery 1000 (Tracker IV)
    3212 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Gorgeous thimble and awesome other finds!

    Cleaning Up The Planet...One Pull Tab At A Time.

  9. #9
    Feb 2010
    East Coast
    Fisher F75ltd,TDI Minelab Excailber
    1039 times
    Maybe you can use that gold thimble to sew on that Confederate Navy Button that you found!!! Great Find

  10. #10

    Nov 2005
    Garrett Infinium LS,White's MXT's and Surf II Lot's-O-Coil's
    1678 times
    Relic Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Nice mix of finds there! Of course the gold thimble can't be beat,Congrats The "screw like" piece reminds me of a sling adapter for a rifle/musket that would screw into the stock.Killer canon too

  11. #11
    Mar 2019
    Lowcountry SC
    Garrett 400
    1218 times
    Metal Detecting
    That is an awesome hunt!

  12. #12
    Jan 2019
    McClellanville, SC
    Garrett ACE 400; Equinox 800
    1086 times
    Metal Detecting
    Incredible hunt. Congratulations!

  13. #13
    Mar 2019
    Lowcountry SC
    Garrett 400
    1218 times
    Metal Detecting
    I think the round piece in the lower right of the first picture is a strap guide. Just to the right of that (seen in the next pic), looks like a gun part. Maybe the part of a trigger guard that fastens to the stock.

  14. #14
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Simplex; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i
    35087 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Great hunt with a golden surprise, congrats!

  15. #15
    Apr 2013
    Minelab pro find 35 Minelab Equinox 600 Minelab Excalibur II Minelab E-Trac
    2913 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Killer find!!!! There has been a gold thimble on the banner this year, so because of that, I'm voting banner for yours. Well done!!


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