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  1. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Horseshoe and carvings

    Good evening all. While exploring the woods of Western PA, near the Allegheny River, we came across some carvings on a rock outcropping deep in the woods. The carving looks like it says P.CSH.D July 18. 1691 It could also be 1891, it's hard to say what the second digit it. Also, the J in July...
  2. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Bayonet

    I bought this bayonet for $15 earlier today, and I know nothing about it. Neither did the guy who sold it. The only identifying mark is a U.S. at the base of the blade. I think this means it is either an authentic or reproduction Civil War weapon. It seems to have been painted black at some...
  3. EE series $75 bonds

    Hello, all. I figured the paper currency threa was best for this, but let me know if I should ask elsewhere. I inherited a whole bunch of EE series $75 bonds from the 1980s. I don't really know how to cash them in, though. The treasury dept says either doing a bunch of paper work and sending it...
  4. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Spoon Hallmarks

    I've been looking at the charts to try and find these spoon hallmarks, but I'm having a little trouble. It might be Lion (sterling), crowned lion (London), C (1778, 1798, or 1818), then a bust (either a maker's mark or a duty mark). However, I'm not sure the first mark is a Lion, and I can't...
  5. Sewing machines

    I've been tasked with getting rid of/selling a few sewing machines. There is also a black Singer that seems to be a model 29-3, which should be easy enough to sell, but I don't have a picture. However, the other machines seem to be pretty specialized. Does anybody know what they are worth or...
  6. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED A cannon ball (maybe)

    I was at a museum in Mahwah, NJ and came across this item. They didn't know exactly what it was or where it had come from, only that it was found in a drawer in the museum while some things were being cleaned out. They think it's a cannon ball, but don't know anything else. It's approximately 7...
  7. Ford's Hammock Counterfeiter

    Thought this might be the right place to post what I found. https://www.newjerseyhills.com/florhams-checkered-past-fords-hammock/article_39baafd2-a5cf-529d-9573-832f0e6b9705.html It seems Florham Park was home to a notorious counterfeiter who worked out of a shack on an island in a swamp. The...
  8. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Unknown Seal on a button

    Hello, all, I found what I believe is a button. The backing is iron, but I don't recognize the seal. The item is a little larger than a quarter. It came from the front yard of a former frat house. Does anybody know what the seal is from?
  9. Counterfeit

    I was given these two 1887 CC Morgans yesterday by a store owner who knew they were fakes (a magnet sticks to them), and I was hoping to get a few answers on them. I plan on checking their hardness, density, and maybe cutting one in half to look at the cross section. My guess is that they are...
  10. Indian Namesakes

    I don't have any experience doing native artifact hunts, so hopefully you all know better. I am looking for good places to find artifacts in my area, which is fairly built up. The best thing I have to go on is places with "Indian" in the name. I was wondering if anybody here knows how often...
  11. Cannon and uniform ID

    Hello, everyone. I found this picture of an artillery squad practicing in the archives at my college. They seem to be members of the precursor to our ROTC program. I found what I believe is a piece of compacted grape shot a few hundred feet from where this picture was taken. Can anybody confirm...
  12. Bronze Cupid Statue

    I found this bronze statue in the trash. I think it's supposed to be cupid. It's pretty heavy, and when I shake it something rattles inside. Any idea how old it is or what it's worth? Or just how to find out either of those things?
  13. Guide to cellar hole hunting?

    Does anybody have some good tips for hunting cellar holes? I've found a few that I think are unhunted, but I struggle because there is just so much iron, mostly in the form of nails. If I dug every signal, I would be out there forever. I use an AT Max, which seems to have good discrimination...
  14. WW2 Japanese bayonet

    I picked up this bayonet at an antique store the other day knowing that it was Japanese and probably from World War 2. I don't know much else about it, though. How much is it worth?
  15. Large lead ball

    I found this lead ball in a small creek right next to a major road. It seems to have been flattened along the sides quite a bit, but it is around 1-1.5 in diameter. It doesn't have any holes, so I doubt that it is a fishing weight. Maybe it's a piece of grape shot or canister shot. There was...
  16. Great Big Silver Tray

    It's funny how despite all my time spent detecting, my most valuable finds are from thrift stores. I bought this "Sterling by Crosby" tray at a thrift store for $5 earlier this week. Today I brought it to a jeweler and he told me it was 555.6 grams (~19.5 ounces). Silver is currently sitting...
  17. An unknown sword

    I was down at an antique store and I came across this cool sword. When I saw it I thought it might be a US cavalry sword, maybe from around 1812. Closer inspection revealed that it had no identifying marks that I could find and the price tag only read "Sword $450". The owner didn't seem to know...
  18. An Interesting Sword

    This one needs a little bit of explanation. About 50 years ago my dad and his parents moved into a new house. After a few years, my grandfather found two Japanese swords and a Japanese flag in a crawlspace. My dad remembers them, but he doesn't remember any details, so they may not have even...
  19. Unknown symbol

    I found this little aluminum item while digging through a trash pit at a former Nazi summer camp. I don't recognize the symbol, so hopefully someone here will. Edit: I should add it's probably from 1937-1940.
  20. A bunch of pins

    I was looking through a box of pins at a local antique store and came up with a bunch that I couldn't identify. I asked the shop owner, but he wasn't certain either, so I figured I'd come and ask here. They sell for $8 each, so I might buy one or two if they are anything good. The bottom 4 (FLT...
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