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  1. October’s Finds – The Clean Up!

    I detected three times on three different sites in October and unfortunately I didn’t find much. :dontknow: Some of my more interesting finds were a bone-handled fork (broken). I wish the fork had been more complete, but at least it's an early 3-tine design. It wasn't until the late 1600s and...
  2. Marking a post 'SOLVED'

    I can't find the 'Thread Tools' tab anymore, so how do I mark my 'What is it' thread post solved? :icon_scratch:
  3. Thoughts on how old this ring might be?

    This gold ring with red ruby stone was found in an old park in Toronto by a friend. (y) It wasn’t deep, mainly because the roots of a tree stopped it from sinking too deep, it was maybe 4 - 5”. It looks old to me, like it’s been in the soil for quite a long time. The weight is 7.7 grams, the...
  4. 🏆 HONORABLE MENTION Lost and Found Wedding Ring

    On Saturday morning at 2am I received an email, which was followed by a text from a man named Dylin in Pickering, ON. He proceeded to explain to me that, "he'd lost his wedding ring on Friday afternoon while building a pond in his backyard." He told me that, "he breeds Coy fish and needed a...
  5. Permissions all planted, decided to do some tumbling

    The title says it, all of my farm permissions are planted and its too darn hot here to entice me to detect the tot lots. :laughing7: So last week I decided to tumble the Plumb Hatchet and a few other interesting iron relics. These relics tumbled in aquarium gravel, 1tbp dish soap and a half cup...
  6. Metal detectorists, how do we know where to detect?

    A few times each month, I'll receive either an email or a text from someone who is new to the sport of metal detecting and they always seem to ask me the same question... "I want to make the same finds that you do, how do I this?". By writing this article, my desire is to inform and hopefully...
  7. Plumb Roofing Hatchet 1881 CDN LC Antique Door Latch

    Last Thursday, I headed back to a homestead site that was active from 1850 - 1920. The hay had been cut but had not been bailed yet, so I was pretty much left to swing in between the rows. My only finds were a Plumb roofing hatchet, an old vaccine bottle and a cow's plastic ear tag. I decided to...
  8. George III Halfpenny, 1862 & 65 IH, 1913 CDN Dime

    On Friday, I headed to a new archeological site that my farmer friend showed me the week previous. :icon_thumleft: The arkies last dug here in the fall of 2020, so the 12 - 18" of dirt the excavator had scrapped off the top of the homesite was for the most part weed-free. This is the site...
  9. ✅ SOLVED Mystery Iron Relic... Epaulet?

    This was a mystery when it popped up at an early 19thc homesite on Sunday morning. The Deus must've liked the hole and the concave surface of the iron, if I remember correctly it registered in the high-90s. I usually just consider these as 'junk iron' finds, which often pop up on these early...
  10. How old is this teapot lid?

    I found this lid yesterday in a farm field next an old home site (now long gone) that I'll be detecting on Friday. :thumbsup: The colour of this piece is deep brown or red, the problem is that I have no idea how old it is? I've always referred to these as 'Brown Betty' teapots, the trouble is...
  11. Young Queen Victoria Bust 1838 Halfpenny Early Sash Buckle

    On Friday and again yesterday, I headed back to a site the arkies dug last year. :thumbsup: These are some of the relics they left behind for me to find. My first find was a pocket watch key, followed by what I feel based on the decoration style, is an early-Victorian ladies sash buckle. I also...
  12. Three Halfpenny Tokens Antique Ice Skate Blade?

    Early on Friday morning before it got too hot, I headed back to a site the arkies dug last year and made a few more saves. :thumbsup: I found three Upper Canada Halfpenny Tokens, a crushed thimble, some pipe stems and the animal tooth here. The house originally sat on a small hill about 200'...
  13. Hunting Dog Brass Plate

    Last week, a friend here in Ontario found this small brass piece with a hunting dog on it. I am hoping someone may have a theory as to what this was attached to? :icon_scratch: Here's what he told me... "Here are some other photos of this relic, notice a slight concave shape. I was thinking...
  14. Brass Tips

    A friend of mine found two of these tips on top of an old fur trade fort site here in Ontario. The other two tips were found on very old water route fur trade stops, that were not considered to be 'fort sites'. The consensus seems to be that they're early umbrella tips, but we'd love to hear...
  15. 1851 US Three-Cent Piece, 3-Canadian LC?s, 1837 One Penny Token

    The weather was great this past weekend and not too hot, so perfect detecting weather. :icon_sunny: The first site I detected on Saturday afternoon for 3hrs, I found a 1913 LC, the A.W. Faber Circular Eraser and the small brass buckle. On Sunday morning, I headed back to the site where I found...
  16. Victorian Fly Fishing Reel, Smooth Coppers and Flat Buttons

    This is a culmination of three hunts at three sites over three days this past Victoria Day long weekend here in Ontario. :thumbsup: These are all sites that I can only detect in the early spring after the fields have been disked and before they get replanted. The first site was an early...
  17. ✅ SOLVED Authentic Native Gorget

    The property owner of a homestead I'm currently detecting asked me if I could confirm if this is an authentic Native American Gorget. He told me that he found it 30 years ago while walking a trail in the woods in Southern Ontario, just east of Toronto. It looks to be made of slate and measures...
  18. Gold Wax Seal Fob, 1919 CDN LC, Percussion Pistol lock?

    This is an old homesite that I'm able to detect early in the spring or after the harvest. I first detected this site in 2015 and always look forward to the interesting relics that pop up here, so on Sunday morning I got back again for 5hrs and was not disappointed. :thumbsup: My first find was a...
  19. Complete Pewter Spoon, Crotal Bell, 1857 Canada Halfpenny

    The finds from my first site were a decorative brass pendant frame and a #3 size crotal bell. :thumbsup: My last find here was a complete 19thc pewter spoon marked ‘BRITAW’. I can find little about this maker online, if anyone knows about this company, I’d appreciate you sharing it with me. I...
  20. Pocket Watch Key, Wedding Ring, Crotal Bell

    Last Friday consisted of three hunts over 7hrs. :thumbsup: The first site I hit was the old stone farmhouse. I found the pocket watch key a crotal bell and the old clothes iron here. My second site was the ‘horse farm’ that I detected last weekend. Here I found a brass wedding band, a smooth...
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