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  1. #1

    Oct 2018
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    Finds from California

    Yesterday I found a couple of buttons (Hamilton Carhartt and Levi Strauss) and a small comb (E Atkins Saws, Finest On Earth) at a site I've been to 4 times now. The cabin site dates from the 1850's - 1930's. They ground sluiced for gold in the area.
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    Some other things that I found at the site...
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    suspender buckle in perfect shape with patent date March 17, 1885
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    old ad for the buckle
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    Shirley President buckle
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    old pocket knife
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    tool I've never seen before.
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    piece of salt glazed ceramic that held seltzer water from Germany
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    flag grommet patent Aug 26, 1884
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    sad iron, parts of Hawley Norton small animal trap, bone handled fork, part of clay pipe with McDougall, Glasgow on opposite sides.

    I've dug about 150 shell casings. Some headstamps of note (I think): No 10 US Conical Climax, WRA Co 5 06, UMC S & WR, UMC Co No 10 New Club, and two dual pin rimfire casings with no headstamps.
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    panned a little gold from the creek.

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    I like that saw comb!
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    The tool you've never seen before was made from an old style drifting pick...they have the big eyelet....what it was used for,don't know.Perhaps to rake cobbles out of a long tom.
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    Jul 2010
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    Nice group of finds
    That saw comb is cool. The Shirley buckle is another suspender clasp. The brass US pocket knife dates to the 1860s and is frequently found in Civil War encampments.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

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    Very nice! This place has to be north of Sacramento...no?
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    Oct 2018
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    Thanks everyone. I love that saw comb too. One of my favorite finds.

    Dave: I think that is a plausible use for that pick tool. It’s heavy duty and I’m a bit confused as to why they threw it out (it was where they tossed their trash). It’s in good shape with no cracks or anything...

    Steve in PA: Thanks. That’s cool that the knife has ties to the Civil War period. One of my best finds. I’ve only been detecting for less than a year.

    CalReg: yes, the site is in the Klamath Mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagaro17 View Post
    Steve in PA: Thanks. That’s cool that the knife has ties to the Civil War period. One of my best finds. I’ve only been detecting for less than a year.
    Here are a couple similar brass handled knives I've found. The bottom one is from a Civil War site in West Virginia. The top one is from a log cabin site in Pennsylvania.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

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    Steve: Those knives are really cool! Bet you the owners were bummed when they lost those way back then.
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    The comb is a mustache comb, very cool!!
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  10. #10

    Oct 2018
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    thanks gunsil. Maybe it was a promotional item that came with this saw found at the site. Probably not.
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    Jan 2019
    Northeast Missouri
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    The comb is too cool!
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    Very cool that you found all those items from everyday gold mining life and then found some actual gold in the same place! Those Carhartt and Levi's buttons are super cool. Not that I would sell but they could be worth something as people collect that stuff and workwear associated with the gold rush gives it a great story. If you look on youtube these guys found some old levi's in a mineshaft and they are worth a couple hundred thousand bucks! I think they are among the oldest known Levi's in existence.
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Oct 2018
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    xcopperstax: I watched that video. That's amazing! What a find.
    I looked into the value of those buttons online and I could get maybe $10-15 apiece. If only I could find an intact pair of jeans, but not likely in rainy Northern California.

 

 
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