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    Scout camp finds including a merc, a dollar coin and a whatsit

    I continue to work the scout camp, cleaning up campsites. On my last visit to the campsite where the farm buildings were located I got 53 more camp tent pegs, 75 coins with a face value of $6.05, an old farm fork, sinkers, a brass whatsit, a brass padlock, bullets, a copper rivet top, a scout year pin, another old live round, a wheatie, a merc dime, another flag pole plaque button, a neckerchief slide, sunglasses, a mason jar lid liner, parts to an old stove, a horseshoe and a screwdriver. Quite a variety of finds from this site.

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    The wheatie is a 1926 and is eaten up pretty badly. The mercury dime is a 1944 and in decent shape. The flagpole plaque corner button is the second one from this site. The plaque is missing 2 so I have found both and they will go to the camp ranger so he can put them back on.

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    The neckerchief slide is a molded style you don’t see too often and it has a ferrous strip in the back to hold it on instead of the bendable tabs they usually have. The ferrous strip is mostly rusted away so it is an interesting find, but I will not be able to refurbish this one to give to a new scout.

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    The fork is marked WARDS NICKEL SILVER. As I said last time nickel silver contains no silver. It is shiny when it is new but after time in the ground all the luster is gone and it looks like old brass.

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    The padlock is brass and the top still moves so the works must be brass as well. It is weird because the only markings anywhere on the lock are USE NO OIL. No idea who made it or when.

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    The last item is a brass whatzit. It looks like it could be an adjustable foot for some kind of furniture. The stem is fastened solidly into the base and the stem is threaded so it can be moved up and down. It is possible it is a form of drain plug, but I’m not sure exactly what it is. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?

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    I’ve made a few other trips to camp with lots of clad, pegs and some of the usual stuff but the merc was the star. Very little silver comes out of this camp since it didn’t open under 1980 and most scouts don’t wear jewelry when camping.

    A quick summary with pictures for the other trips is below.

    157 coins with a face value of $12.73, 74 camp tent pegs, a crown Victoria hood ornament, a dollar coin and a New Constellation Ceremony pin from June 14, 1975.

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    172 coins with a face value of $5.07, 72 camp tent pegs, and lots of sinkers

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    162 coins with a face value of $11.57, 61 camp tent pegs, and an older type neckerchief slide

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    I also did a short water hunt with 18 coins with a face value of $2.25, cheapy jewelry, a dollar coin and a great looking 1942 D wheatie. The moon and star ring matches one I found here last time so they might be selling them at the concession stand.

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    Lots of gas money and social distancing fun in the sun. Thanks for looking, stay safe and may your coil lead you to good things.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurehunter View Post
    Nice variety of finds.
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
    Thanks! Stay safe and keep swingin.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    Congrats on the nice hunt!
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    Very Impressive!!!!!
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    I don't have a PHD, I got somethig better, a DD 214

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    Cool and interesting finds! Congratulations on all of them. Thanks for sharing with us!
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    Good job on cleaning up the camp sites,, I do love Mercury Dimes.
    Congratulations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    Congrats on the nice hunt!
    Quote Originally Posted by FloodcityTom View Post
    Very Impressive!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by ArfieBoy View Post
    Cool and interesting finds! Congratulations on all of them. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Thanks for the kind words. Stay safe and keep swingin.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    You sure have been busy digging. Congrats on a nice variety of finds. Especially love that mercury.
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    How many neckerchief slides have you found total over the years? Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    You sure have been busy digging. Congrats on a nice variety of finds. Especially love that mercury.
    Thanks. The mercs are one of my favorite coins. I just love the design.

    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    How many neckerchief slides have you found total over the years? Gary
    Great question. I have not kept track of the actual number, but I currently have over 100 and I have given away a bunch to new scouts over the years. Everyone stay safe and keep swingin.
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    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    How many neckerchief slides have you found total over the years? Gary
    Gary, after I responded to your question I got curious and just counted the slides I have on hand. I turns out i have way over 100. 223 to be exact, including the one I dug this afternoon. Thanks for asking, stay safe and keep swingin.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    Awesome finds as always, man you do a lot of digging! Your back must be better than mine.
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    Always enjoy your posts and pics. Great bunch of finds. Thanks for sharing.
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