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  1. It's amazing how much history comes from just a name...

    This isn't "today", so if the post needs to be moved, so be it. A few weeks ago, I was digging (with permission) on a property located on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. According to my research, the house I was at was built after 1874. I'd found quite a few...
  2. I thought it was a trigger guard, but maybe not?

    Brass, whatever it is. I swear I've seen this pattern before but can't place it. No apparent identifying marks.
  3. Found a WW2 plane "crash", rifle part, bullet game token?

    Found a WW2 plane "crash", rifle part, bullet game token? Went back to a site I hit once last year for my second 2016 hunt. Great day. Found a brass whatsit I know I've seen before; some say trigger guard piece, others say butt plate. I think it's too small to be a butt...
  4. First hunt of the season "rescues" antique fire truck stuff

    I'm told they're an antique fire apparatus marker and a brass hose coupling, by a friend who is a longtime firefighter. However, he was unable to date it, so anyone with any expertise in this area, TIA!
  5. Best find of the year at old ruin

    This was the only decent non-trash find today at an old inn ruin. 1810 large cent, in great condition under the buildup.
  6. Gun barrel

    Hey all. Dug this barrel in a glass dump a few months ago, soaked it in ACV for a bit and now I'm curious as to what sort of rifle it was. It has an octagon shape, it's about 27.25" long overall with the barrel itself being 24" long. There is too much concretion for me to determine inner...
  7. Posting for a friend - Buckle?

    Hey everyone, I'm posting this for a friend. Other than the Ike for size reference, I don't know much about the piece itself. Allegedly, it was found in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains in an area with pre-Revolutionary War history relating to General John Sullivan's actions against the...
  8. Found today at new permission

    First two finds at a new permission, an old house that was demo'd this past weekend. Originally thought the house was 18th century, but after the demo, now thinking the foundation may have been 18th but the rest of the house was definitely late 19th. After these came out, every other find was a...
  9. Indian burial ground

    I knew that would get your attention ;) I say it in jest, don't worry. Same park as my last post, where I got the CW sling buckle. Found this toy Indian along with a 1947 Roosie, 1937 wheat, rusty skeleton key, padlock piece, valve, broken fork, and a base piece to another lead toy figurine...
  10. Found this buckle today. Seen it before but dont recognize it...

    Found this buckle today. Seen it before but don't recognize it... Thanks to any who assist. Also found 5 wheats and a 1943 Merc.
  11. first 2 hunts of the year

    Saturday was my first official hunt of the year. I got the new AT pro pointer, which I love. Took it to a park near my grandparents' that used to have a 19th century house on it and found these: The first appears to be costume jewelry, but the pendant is ceramic and to me looks older than...
  12. Metal Detector-Shaped Keys

    Hey guys, I've been talking to this guy at a key design company about making a metal detector-shaped key. He's intrigued by the design, but needs to make 3,000 keys per new design, so I'm asking anyone who would buy a generic metal detector-shaped key to simply LIKE this post so I can email him...
  13. Flat brass buttons and horse tack questions

    So, I was helping someone remodel the attic of an old home, and upon ripping up the floorboards, this stuff was found. I know the rings are rein guides, and the bar is a bridle bit, but the buckle's use and the hook's purpose elude me. I have found sooooo many flat brass buttons in the dirt...
  14. ✅ SOLVED Could this be a scraper?

    I found this stone that appears to have (worn) shaping marks on it, wondering if it could be a scraper. It fits into my hand. I believe it to be made of a flaking shale that also composed an old stone axe head I found in the late summer. Thanks to any who assist. Happy New Year!
  15. Colonial gold...

    ...but I didn't find it :( Two friends and I went to a new spot (new for 2 of us, anyway) that once had a hotel used as a Rev. War Colonist encampment. Our host's first dig produced a broken gold ring with the initials "RJ" (or "RL", or "RS" depending on your interpretation). While I...
  16. Great day for silver at old farmstead

    Will add more info later, have a dentist appt in a few mins. 1904-O half 1942 quarter small crotal bell broken trap tag (2nd from site) Lead sprue unknown brass thing Dental was fine, it was just a cleaning. So anyway, weather was a brisk 42 but no wind, so i decided to hit the...
  17. Weird brass thing

    Any ideas?
  18. Unusual fork - looking for age

    I forget where I found this. I think it was silver plated at one time, but it might not have been. One of the four tines is broken. The handle has an intricate design on it, but there are no hallmarks anywhere. I'm hoping someone can attribute the style to a particular era. Thanks to any...
  19. Great day for copper at a new permission

    A local historical society is graciously allowing my group to MD the grounds of their farmstead, where a brief Revolutionary War encampment took place. It has been MD'd before, about 10 years ago or so, by someone who apparently had inferior technology or didn't cover the site very well...
  20. Nothing crazy... padlock, square nails, "whole wheat toast" and a Merc

    Hit an old Prohibition-era tollhouse that will be demolished at the end of the month (square nails and 2 wheats), then a similar-era church in my hometown for the lock, dime, and rest of the wheats. Even a silver dime makes a day worthwhile.
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