Post By CanYouDigIt
Apr 29, 2012, 01:15 PM
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).
Last edited by acowboyzangel; Apr 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM.
Apr 29, 2012, 01:49 PM
Nice finds. I would love to find a large cent. Looks like you are off to a good start!
Apr 29, 2012, 02:11 PM
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
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Apr 29, 2012, 02:59 PM
The metal piece looks like a window shade bracket, although it might be too small.
Apr 29, 2012, 03:21 PM
> 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.
Apr 29, 2012, 04:01 PM
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
Apr 29, 2012, 04:42 PM
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.
Originally Posted by acowboyzangel
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 !
Apr 29, 2012, 04:45 PM
I LIKE SHINY THINGS
those are great coins i would do a very thorough seatch of that place
Apr 29, 2012, 11:29 PM
Originally Posted by Diggincoinz
Old, Fat, and Ugly. Not necessarily in that order
Apr 30, 2012, 01:26 PM
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You're off to a good start. Using one of the best detectors ever made.
Originally Posted by tngirl
May 02, 2012, 09:09 AM
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.
May 09, 2012, 12:40 PM
Fantastic first hunt!
The most I got in one house was 56 Indian Head Pennies from 1852 forward
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!
May 09, 2012, 01:41 PM
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!! ;-
Detecting since 04-07-12.
YTD (clad) totals: $26.04 -updated 05-23-12
Wheetie total: 11 - (no key dates/value)
Silver coin(s): 1945 Merc, 1948 Roosevelt
Oldest coin(s): 1917 & '18 Wheeties from same hole!
Best find(s): .925 Sterling charm @ 2.2 grams
Favorite find(s): 1948 dog registration/tag from my backyard
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May 10, 2012, 07:42 AM
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
May 12, 2012, 01:19 PM
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
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