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  1. Colonial Escutcheon With Ring Pull

    I haven’t done much detecting lately, but I got out this evening and dug this sweet little relic. I love the primitive work on it. I’m assuming it is colonial era, right? Drawer pull or something else? I’ve only dug broken “bat wing” escutcheons.
  2. ✅ SOLVED Dandy Size Button - Stamped - Woman & Dog

    Dandy Size Button - Stamped - Woman & Dog I’ve never dug one like this. It’s dandy-size, except it’s embossed with a scene of a woman and a dog in front of a cathedral and town. Any ideas? It looks and feels like a flat button, but I doubt it’s that old.
  3. Sweet Indian Head

    I’m always envious of those beautiful full liberty, green patina Indian Head Pennies some folks dig. Mine are almost always pretty crusty. But today I finally got a good one, and an 1876 too!
  4. Old Flat Button With Thin Anchor

    Any ideas on this one? Naval? Really pitted and flaking. The anchor is just a thin line. I think I see the arrows at the bottom. The top (from what I can make out) is a bit different. It's from an old site.
  5. Interesting Design - Gold Gilted Button

    A little lemon juice brought out a ton of gold gilt left on this thick one-piece. I can't quite read the back mark. Interesting design on the front. Anyone recognize it? It's from a site with a long span of relics, from colonial to mid 1800's.
  6. Army Maneuvers 1908 - Pine Plains NY - Medal

    I dug this fob commemorating the Vermont 1st infantry regiment at the 1908 Army maneuvers in Pine Plains NY. I believe this was the Vermont National Guard unit. 1908 was the opening year of the camp which became Fort Drum. General Frederick Dent Grant (son of President Grant) commanded the...
  7. Cut Large Cent

    I haven't been doing much detecting lately, but I got out the other night on a site I've hunted a couple times before. I decided to deal with the noise and go for some all-metal mode swinging. It paid off. I was able to sniff out a couple signals I missed. One of them was this cut Largie. Pretty...
  8. Finding Iron in the Iron

    Nothing great here, but a funny story. So I was hunting an old cabin site where I've been many times. I looked down, and right on the chimney pile basically, I saw a late colonial flat coat button. I'd been over that same spot a half dozen times and not seen it? That's weird, but even weirder...
  9. Tallio Cufflinks - Release the Hounds!

    I dug these brass Tallio cufflinks today at an old site. I know they are fairly common, but a first for me. Personal relics are great. I'm guessing 1790's on these based on other finds at the site, maybe a little later. Sound right?
  10. Easter Weekend - New Jersey Copper

    I hunted an old site over the weekend and found a sweet 1786 New Jersey copper. My first. It's pretty smooth, but has decent detail and a nice clear date. I'm happy. I got a great Dandy Button too with that weave design fancy. A way toasted Vermont copper and a couple other smaller buttons wound...
  11. Lead Seals?

    I've never dug a bale seal or any lead seal. Is that what these are? They came out of just an old farmhouse field.
  12. A Connecticut Copper I've Never Seen

    I've dug a few Connecticut coppers, but not like this one. The obverse appears to be a bust facing left variety, with CONNEC clearly visible down the right side. I don't recognize the left side. It doesn't look like AUCTORI. The reverse is way different. No INDE. It looks like LIB ERTAS broken...
  13. Heart Pendant?

    There's no hinge. I think it's too thin to be a locket. It was together when I dug it, but immediately came apart. Nothing but dirt and green inside best I could tell. Brass I think. Might not be that old. Just a modest little pendant?
  14. Silver Knee Buckle

    Pretty little buckle. I've never found one of these. It's not plated I don't think. Looks like a more substantial layer of silver adhered somehow. Late 1700's I'm assuming.
  15. NEL Tornado for Etrac - First Swings - Pretty Noisy!

    I just got a new NEL Tornado for my Etrac. I'm looking for a little extra depth over the stock coil. I doubt I'll put it on for real trashy ground or iron-infested sites. I took it out the other day for a brief test. I did a reset and ground balance right off. Granted, it's early spring where I...
  16. Hand Wrought Nail With a Twist

    I dig way too many old nails, but this one was interesting enough. Hand wrought T type, but seemingly made with twisted or crude spiral shank. Common of course in modern nails, but I've never found an old one like that. Nice.
  17. Brown Bess Musket Balls

    I did a short hunt today at a colonial era cabin site on Lake Champlain with Revolutionary War history.
  18. Gold Cufflink?

    I'm not used to finding jewelry at the old sites I hunt. Is this a broken cufflink or something else? It's pretty small. No stamp. Feels like solid gold. Some deeper scratches don't show any sign it's plated, but I'm not good at telling. The engraving looks older.
  19. Half Reales

    Yesterday I added another half real to my collection of summer finds from a nearby cabin site and field. That makes 3. Here's a pic of them together. 1787, 1775, and 1783, all Mexico mint. Two with an FM assayer mark, the other FF. I hardly cleaned these at all, they were that shiny. I've...
  20. Couple of Crotal Bells

    I always seem to find these smaller harness ones with the petal designs. I didn't realize they were marked with sizes. These were from the same field. One is #0 and the other is a #1. Different maker marks. The one on the right has a star for a mark. I never know quite how old. I'm assuming...