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  1. #1
    us
    Apr 2012
    Dry Fork, VA
    Garrett AT Gold
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    Items I found in the front yard of a 1790's Farmhouse (my first hunt, I'm hooked)

    I took a couple of different angled pictures of the 2 items in question. One to me looks like a fishing sinker as I am fairly sure it's lead. Although it's not really pliable you can mark it with your finger nail. Also, when it was scraped, it was a bright silver and is very heavy. The other item is a thin metal that doesn't bend very easy. The 2 coins are an 1828 large cent and another large cent (can't make out the date).
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  2. #2
    us
    Mar 2012
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    Nice finds. I would love to find a large cent. Looks like you are off to a good start!

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    Diggincoinz

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    Holy cow! Your first hunt and you got not one but TWO large cents! That's awsome I hope you're going back to that old farm house to do some more detecting
    .~.~.~.~. Dig it up .~.~.~.~.

  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2007
    Victoria, Texas
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    The metal piece looks like a window shade bracket, although it might be too small.
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  5. #5
    Educator

    Feb 2006
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    Acowboyzangel wrote:
    > I took a couple of different angled pictures of the 2 items in question.
    > One to me looks like a fishing sinker as I am fairly sure it's lead.
    > Although it's not really pliable you can mark it with your finger nail.
    > Also, when it was scraped, it was a bright silver and is very heavy.

    Your logical analysis (and metal-testing) is accurate... the somewhat block-shaped object is a crude home-made fishing sinker, made from a small chunk of lead. You did the two basic tests we relic-diggers use for determining whether or not a metal is lead. "Pure" lead is always unusually heavy for its size, and is soft enough that scratching it with a fingernail produces a bright-shiny silverish streak. (I specifified "Pure" lead because some alloys of lead (such as Solder) contain lead combined with zinc or tin, which makes the lead-alloy a much harder metal than Pure-lead, and thus is not as easy to scrape a shiny streak on.)

    Over fifty years ago, I watched my dad make some for us kids to use on fishing trips. He cut a small but deep knife-slit in the lead, slid the fishing pole's line into the slit, and pressed the slit shut.

    Additional evidence that these objects are indeed home-made fishing sinkers is that they are most commonly found alongside rivers and lakes where people go fishing, rather than "in town" locations or in a farmer's field.

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    I'd not tell anyone where that spot is,mums the word!!!Lord knows what you will find next!Cool finds for a first timer for sure! God Bless Chris

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    Apr 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by acowboyzangel View Post
    I took a couple of different angled pictures of the 2 items in question. One to me looks like a fishing sinker as I am fairly sure it's lead. Although it's not really pliable you can mark it with your finger nail. Also, when it was scraped, it was a bright silver and is very heavy. The other item is a thin metal that doesn't bend very easy. The 2 coins are an 1828 large cent and another large cent (can't make out the date).
    Hi Everyone ! Cowboy ... Outstanding finding all that great history. I lived in NY State back in the 70's and would search out real old farm houses, never had a finder. I would check under windows, old boards shrink and you can find coins, combs, pins, earings, small wedding rings. I know this because I found them, anywhere someone would spen time you can bet there's something around. Trouble now days is they bulldoze the old to make new. Just besure beams and floors are stable, not dry rotted.

    The most I got in one house was 56 Indian Head Pennies from 1852 forward, some in rough shape, but a few good ones too. Never had them long, someone brike into house stole coins, my guns, and my fishing rod. Never to be seen again, sure wish I had taken a picture.

    both pictures show a matal piece with hole in either end and a raised area in middle, looks like a window shade piece to me.
    Sorry for the length of this !

  8. #8
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    I LIKE SHINY THINGS

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    those are great coins i would do a very thorough seatch of that place

  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggincoinz View Post
    Holy cow! Your first hunt and you got not one but TWO large cents! That's awsome I hope you're going back to that old farm house to do some more detecting
    Old, Fat, and Ugly. Not necessarily in that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by tngirl View Post
    Nice finds. I would love to find a large cent. Looks like you are off to a good start!
    You're off to a good start. Using one of the best detectors ever made.

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    Large New Orleans Hallmarked Silver Spoon and a monogrammed antebellum coin silver spoon
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    c.1830-40s Belgian .50 cal brass pistol barrel and frame
    Confederate Pelican Civil War Button
    1840s Convex Eagle Militia Button
    CW Eagle "I" Button
    CW Era "snake" Sword Hanger
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1896 Barber Quarter
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1902-O Barber Dime
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    186?, 1866, and a Dateless Shield Nickel
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2012
    Dry Fork, VA
    Garrett AT Gold
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    Thanks for the congrats, encouragement and the info. I have been invited to go back and hunt whenever I want to. I think there is about 40 acres, so I'll be there a while.

  12. #12
    us
    Aug 2007
    Holt, MO north of KC
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    The most I got in one house was 56 Indian Head Pennies from 1852 forward
    Fantastic first hunt!

    Hey screech, I'm just funnin' with ya', but if you had an 1852 IHC, that would be a real rarity!
    Pull tabs? We don't need no stinking pull tabs!

  13. #13

    May 2012
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    AWESOME STUFF!! And to think,...you're a "noob" just like myself, and you find a coin(s) that in most instances take YEARS to find!! You lucky dog you!!

    Congrats & HH!! Now if only I can have 1/2 the luck you did/do!! ;-
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  14. #14
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    Those are great finds. The large cents are great as is the home made fishing sinker. I find a lot of home made sinkers at Civil War pickett camps and in the swimming holes they were there guarding. They ,are to me, a little more of a personal find for me knowing the soldier made it so he could have fish for a meal or two...d2

  15. #15
    us
    Apr 2012
    Dry Fork, VA
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    I agree. Of course I would love to find a bag full of gold coins just as much as the next person, but these things that were every day items for someone 200+ years ago is almost a connection
    Quote Originally Posted by d2 View Post
    Those are great finds. The large cents are great as is the home made fishing sinker. I find a lot of home made sinkers at Civil War pickett camps and in the swimming holes they were there guarding. They ,are to me, a little more of a personal find for me knowing the soldier made it so he could have fish for a meal or two...d2

 

 

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