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  1. #1

    Aug 2012
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Gargoyle oil cap?

    Hi, new guy here. I just started out in this hobby. I am fortunate that at my place of work there was a turn of the century house that was standing until about 4 weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to hunt that area so I borrowed a detector from my wife's grandfather. it's a White's Eagle II. I know it's old but I'm finding things with it. I've only found recent coins. The oldest I found was a 52 wheat penny.

    Well, this is the most interesting thing I found so far out there besides some coins and bullet casings.
    I have no idea what it goes to. It appears that there is two steel/iron chain links coming out of it. It's almost as if it were a tag/medal of some kind. Anyone know how old it is and any back story?

    ETA: It's roughly the size of a Kennedy Half Dollar
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  2. #2
    Oct 2009
    North Carolina
    White's DFX & Spectrum~Garrett's Pro-Pointer~VibraProbe
    1843 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    It looks like some type of awards medal that was given out by the company. Here's some interesting info on the company:
    Vacuum Oil Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Really neat find Breezie
    Every time I watch Gone With The Wind, I think we're gonna win this time!

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Jul 2004
    South Florida Cesspool
    Tesoro Sand Shark, Whites M6
    8155 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Cool find. I would guess there is nothing on the back, since it's not mentioned?

  4. #4
    "The Relic Whisperer"

    Nov 2011
    Kellyco Predator II, Bounty Hunter Quickdraw 2
    17 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Cool looking piece
    Hunting For Lost, Hidden and Forgotten Treasures of the Past

    "Those who seek are those who find"

    "You never know what your going to find and your not going to find anything unless you look"

  5. #5

    Aug 2012
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks guys. Yes, the back side is blank therefore, not mentioned. I'm assuming that it's from around the 1920's due to the art-deco design encompassing the piece. No one knows how old the house is that was torn down. I think I mentioned it earlier but I found a 52 wheat penny out there. I'm hoping that the good spots have not been covered up with asphalt or buildings. I bought a nice sturdy spade shovel this weekend. I'll hit it again tomorrow if it's not raining.

    I hope someone comes along who may know more to the story on this thing....

  6. #6
    Jan 2011
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    456 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Maybe some kind of watch fob...........jmho................HH

    If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
    -Samuel Adams-

  7. #7
    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
    Minelab Explorer
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    Today, Vacuum Oil Company is part of ExxonMobil.
    As a suggestion, send a pic of your find to the ExxonMobil PR Department and ask them for some history.

  8. #8

    Aug 2012
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post
    Today, Vacuum Oil Company is part of ExxonMobil.
    As a suggestion, send a pic of your find to the ExxonMobil PR Department and ask them for some history.
    Great idea!! Why didn't I think of that?! I'll post up any info if I get some from them.



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