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  1. Dog Tag Cache ?

    Very cool. I actually had a very similar experience in a yard I detected. I found five tags that ranged from the 1950's to 1970's in a very small area of a backyard. They were pretty shallow so I didn't think I had disturbed burial spots, and I showed the owner and he recognized them as...
  2. Random finds from pasture

    The piece with the two rings is a bridle snaffle bit.
  3. Discovered: Revolutionary War Veteran's Homestead!

    I took a little more material off for a photo; definitely brass: It wasn't machine rolled, there are hammer and file marks all over the piece which leads me to believe that someone took a flat strip of brass and hammered it over a rod to shape it into a tube. I agree that working with...
  4. Discovered: Revolutionary War Veteran's Homestead!

    Initially I thought it was copper too, but I filed off a little bit on the end and it's brass under the patina.
  5. Discovered: Revolutionary War Veteran's Homestead!

    As usual with my best spots, I stumbled on this site virtually by chance! I can't do deep woods cellar holes at the moment due to hunting season so I've been following up on long shots next to existing roads. None of the maps had anything in this particular spot, but it was a little flat area...
  6. πŸ”Ž UNIDENTIFIED brass

    It's a broken part of the leg from an antique brass andiron. Similar in style to the one in the photo below:
  7. Unusual Egyptian Themed Relic from an Old Homestead

    Had to share this because it's so cool! This site was nearly a bust, clearly hunted to death long before I got there, but I did squeak out about a dozen relics and one in particular that made the search worth it! There was a slope leading away from the foundation that was very overgrown and...
  8. Need Advice on Colonial Coin

    Hate it when that starts to happen. Renaissance wax can help if the patina just needs a slight amount of added stability. It has the benefit of drying clear and not changing the contrast between the dirt and the patina, but it can still flake in some cases. Are you sure it's a 1776? Looks...
  9. Back to the New Site and Found Two Fugio Cents in a Single Hunt!!!

    Thank you for your vote! I couldn't believe both ended up in good enough condition to ID the Newman types. A hunt I'll remember forever!
  10. Back to the New Site and Found Two Fugio Cents in a Single Hunt!!!

    From everything I've read it sounds like pretty few of these were ever actually circulated. Also the reference page at the University of Notre Dame Department of Collections says that the Fugio cents may have only been released in Massachusetts as numismatists in the 1840's and 1850's...
  11. Back to the New Site and Found Two Fugio Cents in a Single Hunt!!!

    Could not believe it, up until now I'd only found one Fugio ever and it was in a yard! They turn up once in a blue moon, even on period sites, so finding two in one day is the last thing I expected. Especially since this was a return trip to a site I'd already spent hours gridding! This is...
  12. New Spot Yields Tons of Colonial Relics and Coins Including a Nova Constellatio!!!

    If it's an early site and especially if it wasn't occupied for long the finds tend to be pretty concentrated in a relatively small area. I grid everything for 100' in every direction on a site like this but 90% of the finds are in the first 25 feet. And even in that 25', there will be highly...
  13. New Spot Yields Tons of Colonial Relics and Coins Including a Nova Constellatio!!!

    New Treasurenet, so let's try out a new post for my new site! I'm actually in the middle of researching this spot since it's a bit of a mystery. For starters I never expected to find a colonial foundation here that hadn't been detected before. This area has a bunch of resident detectorists...
  14. Surprising Yard Hunt Leads to a Crazy Rare Colonial Silver!

    I prefer tracking down lost colonial structures, but I do yard hunts from time to time as demonstrations or for people who are interested in their house's history. They can be fun, but obviously produce a lot more modern trash and around here there tends to have been extensive landscaping...
  15. Awesome Button with eagle sitting on Cannon ! I'd help

    nhbenz was the first reference! :laughing7: Seriously, only my second dug button ever so I posted it here as a 'what is it?' on my first ever thread. There does seem to be conflicting information online as to if the production started around 1808 or in the 1820's...
  16. Awesome Button with eagle sitting on Cannon ! I'd help

    It's an 1820's to 1830's general use artillery button which means it could have either been a federal or a state militia unit. These are special buttons to me as one of these was only the second I ever dug up detecting. And out of thousands of buttons I've dug to date, I've only found three...
  17. Interesting tombac button (concave) from a new farm site

    What you have there is actually half of a button. There was a style in the mid to late 18th century where the shank portion of the button was cast as one piece and then another piece was attached to the front. This is distinct from blowhole buttons as those were brazed together and the holes...
  18. Huh... Well this was unexpected!

    You guys are rock stars; incredible research and I can't thank you enough! It took awhile, but I finally got a hold of a sufficiently accurate gram scale: It came in at 9.96 grams (+0.02g). The die alignment is ↑↑ and almost no rotation between each side. Let me know if your British...
  19. Huh... Well this was unexpected!

    Fascinating information; thank you! Still looking for my gram scale for the weight, but in the meantime here are photos of the edges. No trace of a mold seam that I can spot but let me know what you think:
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