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  1. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Flange Spacer - Antique Auto?

    A little background. I invited several detectorists to explore area around my colonial house. So far, except for a few wheat pennies, they have found about 30 pounds of iron. Largely farming relics. About 6" down, they found this. It may be important to note the house has never had steam heat...
  2. Iron Spoon - Age?

    Having quite a time digging in the backyard of my colonial era house. Not much colonial, but so far 3 pounds of nails, and 8 pounds of relics (farm implements) out of a 10' x 10' area. In any case, today I uncovered an iron spoon. The "style" would be called "colonial" today, but I doubt that...
  3. Glazed Pipe

    I have been digging around the colonial farm I grew up on. I have come across a number of small pieces of glazed pipe. I don't imagine that this are colonial period. I remember several large complete pieces (largely tee's) laying around the property when I was a kid. In any case, I was hoping...
  4. Spikes? Farm Implements?

    Attached is a picture of several of about 10 "spikes" I have found in an 8 square foot area of a colonial era farm (continued farming until 1920 +/-). I have never seen anything similar in building construction. Most of the buildings on the property are of an age to be mortise and tenon, and...
  5. Further reason to ignore ferrous targets

    Here is today's "take" from 3 square feet, at least 40 feet removed from any building. The quantity of nails is amazing. The nuts and carriage bolts mixed in do not suggest colonial origin. Includes 4 more of those 9" "spikes" which keep turning up. My scale tells me that I have taken 8 pounds...
  6. How to find a forgotten location?

    Many years ago, close to 50, I was looking over a piece of real estate with a quite aged RE broker. I noticed several foundations and asked about them. He told me that it had been a German Beer Garden, burned in the furor of WWI. I am unable to recall the exact location. I doubt assessor's maps...
  7. Spikes, of interest to me

    New at this. Watching YouTube as people search colonial sites, I thought "I live on one" (remaining acreage, large 1770 house, two barns and probable foundation holes) so I started in my back yard. 60 feet from house, 40 feet from nearest barn. *I select for "all metals" because I think old...
  8. Farm implement/tool

    A little long. Inspired by Brad Martin YouTube videos, and living on a colonial era farm, I decided to get started. When I was a kid, well before I owned this place, I knew the old codger who farmed it back at the turn of the last century. He displayed a cannonball he found in the fields. So, I...
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