Thanks creskol ! That's crazy. The lock plates themselves amazed me alone . Being in central Illinois and as a remote area as this was ,it really makes one wonder who left these behind . Happy hunting!
Went back to same area that I found 1849 large cent and musket rifle side plates and found this shield shaped lead piece. The back has area that to me looks like a pin backing. Assume to be lead as is heavy for it’s size. A real head scratcher.
Definitely, on the same farm property. Just weird because there was never a house in this area, but did find charred wood in the holes and the site was at the bottom of a wide creek bottom . The identified side plate was in the same hole as the 1849 coin. Will be going back soon.
30 years this November and dated two years in high school. Could not imagine life without her. I tow the line with detecting sometimes but she knows it's a passion . Two beautiful and talented girls . I could not ask for more.