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  1. #1
    Feb 2005
    Bavaria Germany
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    Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Hey all! I have been lurking and checking out the posts but not posting much lately. Been busy around the house with the family, gardening and cutting firewood. Still getting out detecting for short hunts. Took my 10 year old daughter fishing along the stream that borders our property, she caught a brook trout and a rainbow trout, both nice eating size but she was on the catch and release program so we put them back gently. We had a blast. Here she is with the rainbow trout.

    One of the farmers spreading yesterdays cattle feed, I was glad to be able to get down wind from this smell on the other side of the field!

    A birds nest we had along side our barn, they flew the coupe the next day after this picture.

    I bought a 2003 Suzuki 4X4 detector mobile. My oldest son got his license and after driving around looking for the right car for two weeks, I got tired of looking and gave him my Audi and bought myself what I wanted, or close to what I wanted, LOL.

    I never thought I would do something like this but… The town where I detect mostly and I am also a member in the historical society of is celebrating its 1000th year of being a town. I was asked to participate in the support of the festival and given the task of playing a medieval soldier 25/26 July-08. This is actually kind of fun. Since I was given my uniform, the society asked that I join them in a parade last Sunday which I did. 200 surrounding towns participated in the parade, we marched over 2 miles through the county seat of Tirschenreuth. It was really awesome seeing this parade up close and being involved, it was a great medieval representation of the area. Now here’s the funny part, I did not realize we were marching in a parade until we got there, my German is good but many times I do not understand a few words here and there. Imagine my surprise when we were lining up and it was fully explained what we were about to do! We are going to do what Here’s a picture of me as the medieval soldier in full, still naďve and not knowing I am about to march in a parade through the town, LOL.

    The field I have been detecting is a fresh mowed hay field, not much left as I have pounded it having found my oldest coins and relics around this field. I was going for the weak deep iffy signals. What a surprise, those weak signals turned out to be some awesome relics. Here are two lead seals, two thimbles and a finger ring made from bronze, was probably plated in its earlier life, LOL.

    Two 1700s copper coins, lucky to get a date from these thin coppers.

    Three tiny silver coins, low grade silver around .167 but always nice to find!

    This is an un sure find, looks like a medieval cross bow bolt tip designed to break whatever it hit, would be an unusual design. Approximately 32mm/1.25”. I welcome any ID help or opinions!

    This looks like a cap badge. A double headed eagle with a crown on top. Could be Russian, Prussian or Austrian but looks like a Russian. The wing is bent behind. I welcome any ID help!

    Reverse of the cap badge.

    A bowl weight from the 1800s and a cock valve from the 1500-1600s for a small keg tap.

    Here is one of the best seal matrixes I have found and one of my favorite relics to find. Seal matrixes are very personal as they were an individual’s signature. It is possible to trace down the person that used it. This matrix is probably 300-400 years old.

    The matrixes stamp in clay. Top has a knight’s helmet surrounded by plumes. Center has a quarter moon, dragon’s bust, star. Lower middle the letter “H”, right a fowl, duck or a chicken, almost looks like it is sitting on three eggs. This is really a beautiful coat of arms.

    Top stem of the matrix, fits comfortably between the thumb and index finger. A quick update on a survey. The Archies and students did a survey where the 1000 year old town supposedly stood from 1008-1250 AD. They used a magnetometer where the buildings should have been. Their report said they found no evidence that a town ever stood there. We now have two more possibilities, the field where I found these relics once had a farm, could have been the original town. Another site I detect has also given up awesome relics and also had a farm on it close by, another possibility and is the field above with the tractor. I will post about the original town site hunt later with finds. HH, Mike

  2. #2
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    Jun 2006
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    These are all STELLAR finds! The seal matrix is one of the finest I've seen posted here. Silvers are great, and all of the other relics are top notch. Hopefully someone will be of assistance on the "cross bow bolt."

    Great photography, as always.


    2020 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Republic of Texas Navy Cuff Button
    US Civil War Belt Plate
    Eagle Breastplate
    Three Louisiana Pelican Cuff Buttons
    Louisiana Pelican Coat Button
    Shield from an 1820-30 Artillery Shako Cap Badge
    Corps of Artillerists and Engineers Button 1798-1802
    Four CW eagle coat buttons
    One CW eagle cuff button
    French Navy Equipages de Ligne button (1 piece, 1830-40s)
    New York Staff Officer Cuff Button
    Colonial silver sleeve link/button made from a half real
    Monogrammed Silver Love Token
    M1858 Remington Revolver Trigger Guard
    Silver spoon made by Alexander McGrew 1805-1836
    Coin Silver mid-1800s "Fede Ring"
    1820s-30s silver eyeglasses frame fragment
    End of a gold crucifix or mechanical pencil
    Tip of a silver mechanical pencil
    William IV farthing (1830-1837)
    dateless half real
    half-cut half real (“quarter real”)
    1781 and 1807 half reales
    1840 quarter franc French silver
    1850 20 centimes French silver
    1851-O, 1852 three cent silver and a dateless 1/4 of a three cent silver
    Two 1839-O, 1840, 1842, 1848-O, 1851, 1851-O, 1852-O, two 1853's, 1856, 1856-O, 1857, 1857-O, 1858 (holed) and three 1858-O Half Dimes
    1874, 1891-O, one dateless Seated Liberty Dime, and one dateless half-cut Seated Liberty Dime
    1877-CC and 1875 Seated Quarters
    1892-O, 1899 and 1906-O Barber Quarters
    1940 Washington Quarter
    1942-P, two 1943-S and two 1943-P War Nickels
    shotgun breechblock
    iron prisoner shackles
    picket pin
    Plantation tokens
    Minieballs, Beefaloes, V and Shield Nickels, and some GawGag


    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  3. #3
    Hunt, kneel, dig, pray

    Oct 2007
    Dayton, Oh
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Great historical finds and that seal is the best. Hope you can trace it to a person. That would be awesome!

    Whites M-6

  4. #4
    So many old sites to little time.

    Aug 2007
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    Very entertaining post. Great relics. Your 4x4 is nice too. Keep up the good work.
    Best Finds:

    1786 Vermont Landscape Copper (Ryder 7 variety)
    1787 Vermont Copper
    1787 New Jersey Copper (Maris 63 variety)
    1797 and 1804 DBLCs
    George Washington Inaugural Button (GW 1 type)
    1872 Indian Head Cent (VF/EF condition)
    1866 Indian Head Cent (EF condition)
    1864 "L" Indian Head Cent
    Hard Times Tokens---2
    1840 Gen. Harrison Campaign Token
    1832 Nova Scotia Halfpenny Token
    Two cent pieces---7
    1721 King George I
    1732 King George II
    Barber Half dollars---3
    War Of 1812 Shoulder Belt Plate

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    Dec 2007
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    congrats on your superb finds! i enjoyed the pictures.

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    Jul 2006
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Sweet finds! I love that stamp with the coat of arms.
    Stand up for what's right, even if your standing alone.

    "Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex."
    Frank Zappa

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    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Very interesting finds. Thats one large trout!!

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    Nice finds, like the uniform !.

    HH Robert

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    May 2008

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    Re Crossbow bolt, looks like image No 9 ,page 18, of 'The Crossbow. Its Military and Sporting History, Construction ans Use' by
    Ralph Payne-Gallwey. A bolt for use against large birds, probably water fowl

    Hope this helps 'Fourtrak'.

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    Very historic. Love the pics!
    1783 CFT. KG III 1/2 Penny (25-83A)-1 of 3 known *Sold $3,750, Vermont Landscape Coppers Ryder 6 *Sold $760, Ryder7 (Avatar)** Sold $1,275*,1st Batt Royal Artillery Cartridge Box Sling Belt Tip* SOLD $1,583*,(3)- GW Inaugural Buttons-2-Cobb# 17-J.* Sold both--$405 and $400. *GW Button Cobb 17-I-*Sold $316- New Jersey Copper M14-J Sold $125- Continental Army Button *Sold $800--** British 31st ROF Cartridge Box Plate** SOLD!! (PRIVATE AMOUNT), Vermont Ryder-3 *$1200...To be continued

  11. #11
    Nov 2005
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Fantastic finds and hunting with Children :Priceless!!!

    Thanks for posting those nice pictures, sort of looks like the Stuttgart area, where I was stationed
    while I was in the Army, many decades ago. LOL

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  12. #12
    Feb 2008
    Prairieville, Louisiana
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    I thought this was turning into a SUV commercial when I saw the first few pics.

    "The best discriminator is a shovel"

  13. #13
    Dec 2007
    Burien, Wa.
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Quote Originally Posted by fourtrak

    Re Crossbow bolt, looks like image No 9 ,page 18, of 'The Crossbow. Its Military and Sporting History, Construction ans Use' by
    Ralph Payne-Gallwey. A bolt for use against large birds, probably water fowl

    Hope this helps 'Fourtrak'.
    I agree that the archery tip is definately for small game or birds. They are designed like this to catch turf in the case of a miss. This limits the loss of the arrow. There are modern versions available, and in use today. I am an avid archer, and use similar tips for rabbit. Great finds.
    Thats gonna itch when it dries.

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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    hi Mike, Awsome finds and thanks for sharing


  15. #15
    Feb 2007
    Rhineland Gerrmany
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    Re: Lurker finds Medieval/post Medieval relics...

    Great finds, you are making me miss Germany already.


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