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  1. Found my first 18th century Indian trade ring!!

    I had a family reunion at my cousin's house in Columbus, OH this past Saturday. Since I was heading that way, I made arrangements with my friend Greg, who lives an hour further west, to go out a day earlier and do a little metal detecting. The first site we went to was new ground near a small...
  2. Found a Trade Ring - looking for info

    I found the trade ring (what's left of it) at the site of a trading post in Ohio that was in operation from 1769 to 1782. The site also saw US military occupation in the 1790s and again during the War of 1812. I can see it has a little snake and the letters D I. The snake obviously has...
  3. MORE PICTURES OF THE MARBLES MY FRIEND FOUND AT HER 91 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE

    I decided to start a new thread rather than post under my original post. I tried to separate the marbles by type as best I could and took pictures in sunlight and indoors. She now has the marbles out of the fishbowl :hello2: Cheese, I'm hoping you can provide further information on these...
  4. Catch Up Post - Sterling US Army Ring, Silver Dimes, IHPs, Cufflinks, Etc.

    Here's an accumulation of finds from some short hunts over the 3 weeks. No individual hunts worthy of a post, but together maybe enough? My favorite is the sterling silver ring. I took a guy who wanted to try his metal detector to a lot down the street from my house. I got a good signal and...
  5. Yesterday's hunt - Spanish Silver, Coppers, Buttons, Musket Balls

    Made plans with a hunting partner to hit an old tavern near where a French and Indian War road passed. A previous trip yielded a 1749 KG II, buttons, and a 1750s military sling buckle. But he couldn't make it yesterday, so I called on my new partner, Emily, to go with me. When we got there the...
  6. My friend found a container of old marbles at her Grandfather's house!

    They were in this old wooden tea container. They look to be in really good condition. There are quite a few that I believe to be German swirls with the ground down pontil marks/tool marks. I took a few quick pictures when I was over there today. She put a good many in her fish tank as you...
  7. Managed to find a few buttons, musket balls, and other relics over the weekend.

    Here are some recent finds from three sites I hit over the weekend. The large spikes are strake spikes that were used to fasten the iron rims to the wooden wheels of 18th century wagons. These spikes turn up on all the French and Indian War sites in SW PA. The ball at the top of the picture...
  8. Yesterday's Digs - 2 Cent Piece, Indian Head Cents, King George III

    I was invited to detect a friend's farm about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh. The place has a house supposedly built in 1879, a barn and some other outbuildings. The house doesn't have much good ground to hunt around it, and it is extremely trashy. But there are two good springs on the...
  9. Some Military Buttons I have found during trips to Texas

    Included are Infantry, Artillery, Dragoon, Rifleman, plain shield General Service, regular General Service, Great Coat, forage cap, and Republic of Texas Infantry.
  10. Recent finds - Barber Dimes, IHPs, Trolley Token, St. Christopher, etc.

    I have managed to get out some over the last two weeks, including yesterday. While not from my preferred time period, at least I was digging :dontknow: I started hunting around an older, mid 1800s, abandoned house in my town, as well as the adjacent neighbor's yard. Had to wade through a lot...
  11. Tavern trash pit dig yields Spanish half real

    A while back I located a trash deposit area at the site of a tavern that was active from 1831 to 1862. The trash layer is down from one to two and a half feet deep. This past Saturday I opened a couple holes in this area with the help of my lovely assistant, Emily. A lot of work but the...
  12. Twenty Dollar Bill with seven 7s in the Serial Number

    Is something like this collectible?
  13. Watch Winders - Post Yours Here

    Here are some of the Watch Winders I've found. I've got more, but they are mostly the common oval loop type. But I have seen a lot of really cool ones posted over the years, so post 'em if ya got 'em!
  14. Nice Conestoga Bell, Civil War Relics, Petrified Wood, and a Strange Copper

    Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father. The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where...
  15. Digging into a mid 1800s tavern trash pit

    Saturday I dug a small exploratory test hole into a trash deposit on the site of a tavern/inn that was active from the 1830s into the 1860s. I have found a large cent, a half cent, a two cent, a flying eagle, fatty IHPs, and a seated dime, along with other relics from the period, but I have...
  16. Small Preform or some type of tool?

    I found this piece in a field in Washington County , PA. The property owners son found one just like it in the same field. It's worked on all sides. I'm curious as to what it was used for - a preform, scraper, or some other type of tool? UPDATE: I have added pictures of the four edges if...
  17. Big Bird Button, Gunflint, and a couple other finds

    I haven't been doing much digging over the last two weeks. Weather, family commitments, a sore back and a lack of good places to go have conspired against me :dontknow: I went to a spot on my old high school sweethearts parents property where I have recovered a number of IHPs, a few LCs, a lot...
  18. My War of 1812 Era Artillery Buttons

    I have always loved the War of 1812 era Artillery buttons with the eagle perched on a cannon. Ever since I first saw a picture of one in Albert's button book I wanted to dig one. It took a few years to find my first (top row, center), and I have dug a few others over the years, including two...
  19. NEW INFO on my "Meteorite" - I got Iron and I got Nickel

    I have posted a couple threads over the last two weeks about the rock that set my metal detector off in a plowed field. I had polished a spot on the rock with my bench grinder and tried to get an elemental analysis with our hand held PMI gun at work, although I am not trained to use it and it...
  20. Elemental Analysis of my mystery rock

    I posted pictures of a strange, heavy magnetic rock that set off my metal detector in a plowed field over the weekend. Meteorite, Basalt, or something else? (treasurenet.com) Last night I smoothed a small area with my bench grinder and shot it with our Positive Material Identification (PMI)...
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