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  1. One More Trip to the Fort

    I thought I would get out for about an hour this afternoon. The weather was great after 2 days of rain. Right out of the box I dug a period pocket watch finder with a cool design. This is a lot I’ve hit a bunch of times but the soil is still moist after 2 days of rain. The second good signal was...
  2. A Quick Trip to the Fort

    We are in the middle of a Nor Easter weather pattern which means a lot of rain. I saw there was going to be a 2 hour break in the rain which is exactly what I need to make a quick trip. I found this cool cuff artillery button with a Scovill back mark along with the rare find of coins. The lot I...
  3. Probable ID of a Pewter Canteen Spout from Seminole War. Update from a post from last year.

    Hello everyone. I posted one of my finds from a Seminole war fort that I have an update on. Through months of research I believe I’ve identified the soldier who it belonged to. His name was Fayette Robinson. Fayette was born in Virginia to a wealthy family. He entered the service in the 1830s...
  4. ✅ SOLVED Prehistoric or Historic

    Hello, I was out digging this morning at my favorite 2nd Seminole war fort. I was digging where I’ve found many artifacts over the years and about a foot down this popped out. It’s possibly greenstone which leads me to think it maybe Native American. I’ve found a couple similar objects before...
  5. Artillery Button

    I got out today in hopes of finding a button. I found this cool Artillery button at my favorite fort site. It’s in pretty decent condition with the exception of a little corrosion on one edge. Along with that I scored 5 musket balls. One of which was quartered. I have found quartered ones before...
  6. I Can’t Help It

    I used to work 90 to 100 hours a week for 29 years to raise my family. I missed out on a lot. But my kids are grown and I only work a part time job so I’m trying to make up for lost time. I can’t help it and I love it. So I got out to my spot again this afternoon for about an hour. I was...
  7. The Fort Lot/Today’s Recoveries

    Against my better judgement I got out this afternoon for a short dig. The temperature did reach 88 and I went through 3 shirts and a gallon of water. I was rewarded with a few finds including a few musket balls. I did find a nice artillery coat button in pretty good condition which is atypical...
  8. Just a Few Relics Today

    I got off work this morning and decided to go dig. The lot I’ve been digging is a little wet and loaded with iron. I believe I’ve gotten most of the relics out that I can with my metal detector so I decided to take the shovel instead. I dug down about 18 inches to the level of the change in the...
  9. Swampy Fort Finds

    After a couple rough days at work I couldn’t wait to get back out at my fort site. I had to wait till early afternoon for the rain to stop. My first hit rang up like a champ. It turned out to be this A E Dietz brass lever lock model 253. Amazingly the lever still swings fine. Just a few feet...
  10. Fort Dump Found?

    Got back out to the lot I have been digging at my favorite fort. There is so much iron in a portion of the lot I got permission to dig a small test pit. It was a small pit maybe 2foot by 2 foot and maybe a foot or so down. The hole was loaded with large iron spikes. After I removed them there...
  11. The Fort Just Keeps Giving!

    I decided to get out this morning for another hunt. I hit a yard that I’ve been hunting the last couple weeks. Although it’s been hit by me and others before, there is an elevated area in the back loaded with fill dirt. But there’s about 15 foot between the fill and there back fence that I felt...
  12. Spoon Made Into?

    Hello Everyone! I was out to my favorite fort site yesterday and got a pretty cool signal and pulled up this fiddle style utensil. I put it in my pocket and didn?t really look at again until this morning. I realized that the proximal and distal ends had been cut off. Why. The handle cut reveals...
  13. Any Help on its Age Would be Appreciated

    Got out for a short afternoon hunt on a lot that held a Seminole War barracks during the 1830s. After finding a couple musket balls and a hand made lead game piece I got a fairly stroke but deep signal. I pulled out this old fork. It appears to be gold plated with a floral design. It has a nasty...
  14. Update on unknown piece

  15. I have no Idea!

    I was out detecting today at one of my favorite 1830s Seminole War forts here in Florida. I did find a lot of artifacts today but this one has me stumped. I was resting at the fort level of artifacts. Any ideas would be very appreciated. Thanks for your comments!
  16. Gnarly Relics on a Swamp Hunt

    Got out late last evening for a fort relic hunt. One of the yards I?ve been hitting runs down into a very wet swampy area. I decided to douse myself with mosquito spray and give the ole swamp a try. I managed to pull two gnarly artillery cuff buttons. One is a 2 piecer and the other is a one...
  17. More Fort Finds

    Hello everyone. Hope y?all have all had a great week. I got out today very early afternoon before the rain and had a decent day considering this particular lot has been pounded. As soon as I got out of my truck and not 5 feet from it I found the first of my two infantry cap button. It?s in...
  18. Seminole War Fort Relics

    I was down in middle Florida today visiting a friend. Of course I brought my detector along so I could hit one of my favorite mid Florida forts. While the soil there is very sandy the artifacts are usually fairly deep. The yard I was in produced this coat sized infantry button with plenty of...
  19. Two and Through

    I was able to get out a bit this morning to my favorite 2nd Seminole war fort. First I hit the yard I?ve been hunting recently with the trash pit. Within the first 5 minutes I pulled up this nice US great coat button. Well I continued for a few more minutes and decided to leave the spot to save...
  20. A Nice Pair

    I was able to get out to my favorite Seminole War fort today for a couple hours. The yard is a two acre tract and is owned by friends of mine. After digging there for some time I realized that the west side of the yard held a period building and I?ve found about 15 buttons around that building...
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