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  1. Montage of finds from the past decade of detecting my property

    When I was younger I used to wander the woods and keep note of all the unnatural oddities I found (piles of stones, geometrical indentations in the ground, etc.) In doing this, I was able to discover 5 or 6 house sites, all nestled into the valleys along creeks, aside for one, which sat at the...
  2. Montage of finds from the past decade of detecting my property

    Man, If I had to keep only one of my finds, I'd say it would have to be my first confederate lined C, which was the best one I pulled off of one of my older sites. Not a crack, press, or imperfection on this button, aside for the brown patina. This would probably be the one I go with because it...
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  4. Montage of finds from the past decade of detecting my property

    Hey everybody! Since my family has officially moved, I pulled some of my older relic boxes from storage and decided to do a little diorama of some new finds with some older ones. It baffles me how a little over a decade of hard work and determination can lead to such an astounding outcome, and...
  5. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    Wow! I believe you hit the nail right on top of the head DCMatt. That is some incredible sleuthing work on your behalf. Thank you so much for the assistance with that piece, as I wasn’t really covering any ground with my research. I’ll look into them more and see what I can find.
  6. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    Agreed, DCMatt. I’ve scoured through every census record and map I could find, and there’s no reference to this person, so it definitely could be off of an advertising piece of some sort.
  7. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    As to the name, I believe it might read "Hurris Putents." I will try to hit it again with some intense light and magnifiers to see what I can come up with. After a quick search online, I have been able to confirm that both names exist, but I havent been able to find any record of a putents in...
  8. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    Thanks pepperj for the cleaning options! I was considering doing a finer clean, as I feel there is definitely more detail beneath the crud. I’ll look into these methods and see which might be the best plan of attack for my particular coin. Coins this old are definitely a first for me, as the...
  9. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    Thanks everybody for the congrats! It was definitely a surprise, as most coins from that area have dated from the 1880s to the 1890s, but the house site appears on maps all the way back to the 1840s and could potentially be even older. I’ve got some other finds from a previous trip that I forgot...
  10. 1848 colonial large cent and etched brass!

    I went on another sifting trip and found a few more nice pieces. I was able to find my first large cent, dated 1848. The condition isn’t great, but considering the soil conditions, I feel it’s as good as it’s going to get. The brass piece was a surprise. It was something I’ve passed over...
  11. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Possible civil war pewter piece marked CS?

    Thanks everybody for the replies! I’ll keep surfing the internet to see if I can’t find a close match for at least the name.
  12. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Possible civil war pewter piece marked CS?

    Yeah. I’d considered this too. I’d say that is more than likely what it is, as I’ve found other random pieces/melted blobs of pewter all over the site. As to the name, I’d say it will probably be hard to decipher, as I only have one letter. Looks like I’ll have to try and find another more...
  13. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Possible civil war pewter piece marked CS?

    Yeah. Definitely a shot in the dark. I’ve found a few companies with CS in the name dealing with pewter, but I haven’t been able to mail it down to any one. Could just be a homemade piece. I know the last name of the family that lived there was Callender, so it could be an initial, but I didn’t...
  14. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Possible civil war pewter piece marked CS?

    Definitely could be. I looked into their company, but didn’t see where they made any pewter cutlery. I also looked Into CS pewter Co., but they don’t seem to make kitchen utensils.
  15. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Possible civil war pewter piece marked CS?

    I decided to detect around the thicket close to the house where I found the confederate buttons (couple feet away) and found this pewter piece that seems to have a C and a remnant of an S. It could just be a piece to a pewter spoon handle, but I wanted to check with y’all first, as I’ve never...
  16. Nice first centenary 1884 religious medal!

    I was sifting my usual site when I popped this giant copper piece from the hole. Upon getting it home I cleaned it up and saw first centenary with a date of 1884. I’m not too familiar with these sorts of keepsakes, so I don’t know much about it, but it is definitely a welcome find! The little...
  17. Score number three!

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I found a third lined C cavalry button within sight of where the other three confederate buttons were found. I also had a slew of other finds this weekend. I found a very nice half to a silver plated sash buckle, some buckshot, a half to a horse bit, many...
  18. I did it again!

    Thanks for the congratulations everybody! Now I truly believe my theory that the rest of the buttons may be around somewhere. Gonna keep looking!
  19. I did it again!

    Hey everybody! Thought I’d put out a little update on my excavation operation going on at the house site on my property. I got out for about three or four hours. I was able to eyeball many non-metallic relics, found some nice ferrous pieces with the detector, and stumbled across a second lined C...
  20. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Found a few odd things while sifting…

    For anybody that's curious, I think I may have figured out what the odd stone is. I believe it is actually a whetstone used to sharpen tools, scythes being the most common for this particular whetstone variant. It would be much longer usually, but has broken at some point in time, which may...
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