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  1. New site with early coppers and a unusual US Large Cent

    Found a site with lots of iron signals in the middle of the woods by luck. Probably a small homesite, but with a pretty good walk to get fresh water. So far a number of interesting items besides these coins which I will post soon. Coins all found near where I think the home sat on a knoll...
  2. Recent Cape Cod Trail Finds

    Items found alongside two different ponds here in Harwich. The early 1900's Mary Garden makeup compact was on the grassy hill side overlooking the pond. Probably lost during a picnic long ago. Makeup and mirror still intact. Jack or pen knife has lost it's blades to rust but still holding...
  3. Some interesting Iron Finds?

    I don't post iron finds very often. But had a few things that I thought were interesting. The cast iron plate with the star was found with some brass horse tack and reins guide. Thought it might be part of a wagon? There was a Star Wagon Company in the 1800's. Does not mean it's related though...
  4. Early Navajo Silver Bracelet

    Found this Navajo silver bracelet this morning out in a area that was once farmland back in the 1890's. Now all tall oak and pine trees. Surprising, it was deeper than expected. So I assumed it had been there for a while.. Maybe late 1800 to early 1900's I'm guessing? Looks like it might have...
  5. Interesting old Brass shield with design?

    Had a little time to go back to the 1700 homestead I found last week. Two items really stand out from today's finds. A early brass keyhole escutcheon plate and a brass shield with a simple but interesting design on the front. I know the escutcheon matches some what closely to a 1600 reproduction...
  6. Old Late 1700's Root Cellar Finds

    Last Wednesday I was out in the woods following old trails detecting and ended up next to a very small pond that is not named on any maps. There is a rise in the trail and and a nice view of the pond. I Started detecting and right away found a old tombac button. So started searching off path...
  7. Very Early Cape Cod site finds!

    Detecting next to remote small pond used as a watering hole in 1600-1700's. Deep iron targets turned out to be oxen shoes. I know the site is early as I found a Massachusetts Colony coin dated 16?? Back is slick and of little help. Does read NEW ENGLAND around the out side. Very thin, silver...
  8. 1812 era Diplomatic Service button finally cleaned

    I was slow attempting to clean this button I found last Fall. I assumed it would not have much gold leaf intact under all that dirt. I decided to soak the button in white vinegar for 24 hours and then brush it with a tooth brush with some Dawn dish soap and water. Worked pretty well. I was...
  9. Unusual Copper Strap found near pond

    Went out detecting this morning close to a fresh water pond where a lot had been cleared for a new home. Top soil was already gone. Just hard packed sand. Noticed an area of broken shells. I assume they were fresh water clams so close to the pond. I detected the area and found a couple of musket...
  10. Yesterday dig Silver nugget, US half cent and buttons

    Went out yesterday despite 28 degrees but no wind which is rare for Cape Cod. Had a solid 24-26 signal on my Equinox 800 thought it might be another dandy button but was this Silver nugget. It was shining in the hole. Weights 2.9 grams. Mixed in with some broken brick. That's a first for me...
  11. Restoring buttons and buckles

    I thought I would post this image of a couple of 1700's dandy buttons and buckle found detecting. When left looking as they do coming out of the ground, not very interesting to general public. I decided to clean and gold leafed the buttons. The buckle had a small amount of Silver leaf on it, so...
  12. Silver buttons and very big 1700's buckle

    I was reviewing some other recent items I found and never posted. I have two coins that I believe to been made into buttons. One with holes I knew was a weird button when I dug it, because it was so thin. Much thinner than any button I have seen. Started cleaning and my hunch was right, it was...
  13. Just back from a morning hunt. Strange coin/button? Cool early eagle button.

    Two hour hunt at a spot that has been quite good. Think I need help here. What appears to be possible Silver coin or button (but no shank spot). Very thin, one side reminds me of MA colony coin. About the same size. But has a "SE" stamped on one side. Added updated images. Says Louis XVI? Looks...
  14. Very short trip out. King Geo II half penny with interesting off center.

    Rain came early this morning. Had only two finds which I lost one, LOL, a dropped musket ball which I managed to lose again. But found this coin in a open wooded area. King George II half penny in decent shape. I have found a number of these before but not so far off center as this one. Kind of...
  15. A once nice Silver pocket watch. padlock, interesting eagle buttons and 1826 British penny.

    More recent finds here on the Cape. To bad the pocket watch was smashed. Has lots of fancy writing on the back. Sterling Silver, weight little over a 1 oz though! Hail Columbia medal or button? Still has it's clip that goes on the back vertically. I am guessing this small eagle and shield button...
  16. Early Naval Anchor Button? UPDATE

    Found this button detecting this afternoon along an old overgrown cart way. Rang up a funky 8-9 on Equinox 800. I was interested as it showed being pretty deep. Thought for sure it was going to be a small lead shot. But was surprised when it finally appeared. Thought it looks like one of the old...
  17. Lucky new finds at same early homesite

    Found 3 more early one cents at the same exact spot from last week's post. Digging in what appears to be the remains on a chimney. Lot of broken brick with plenty of iron signals mixed in. Pushing the limits with my 11" coil. Need the 6" next trip out. One penny is not good. Other two are...
  18. Finally a trip out. Nice 1723 Woods Hibernia, pair early US one cents

    Finally got out near my home yesterday. Nice fall weather for a walk along a early cape trail. Several fun finds. First decent find was this 1723 half penny Woods Hibernia in amassing shape. Right next to a marshy pond. Then found two very cool 1 1/4" Dandy buttons, one still with the...
  19. Old unknown Harmonica

    Thought I would post this item by it's self. I have found many parts to harmonicas in the past. Most in very bad shape. Never dug up a complete one before. Found it a long the side of an old trail that goes back to late 1700's. I'm guessing mid to late to late 1800's for this one. But I don't...
  20. Early home site second day, Silver ring, William Woods Coin circa 1722, brass child's ring, really cool brass tap.

    This coin was down quite deep. Has condition problems. Appears be copper but more brittle. Looks to be William Woods Rosa Americana Half Penny coin. Circa 1722. Little over 3/4 inches. Does not weigh very much compared to a copper coin of similar size. Barrel Tap was way down, thought it was...
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