"Bucket List" finds: civil war Virginia State Seal button, 1831 cent, 1899 quarter

TheCannonballGuy

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"Bucket List" finds: civil war Virginia State Seal button, 1831 cent, 1899 quarter

At this late stage of my life, I did not expect to ever have any relic-digging finds worth posting. But my Shepherd & Great Provider recently blessed me totally unexpectedly with 3 things on my elderly-detectorist “bucket list.” So, here is my first-ever post in Today’s Finds as the finder.

Due mainly to health-related reasons, it’s been over 5 years since I’d gone relic-digging. Yes, some of my digger friends have been willing tp give me a ride to one of their relic-spots, but I didn’t want to impose on them. Also, because every local relic-spot that I knew of had been either built-on or dug to death, it’s been over 20 years since I’d dug a Confederate button… or a pre-20[SUP]th[/SUP]-Century silver coin… or a civil war era coin. So although I felt little-to-no hope of ever repeating those finds from my long-ago past, each of them was on my elderly bucket-list… and each turned up in holes I dug recently at an 1830s farmhouse site. See the photos below.

I wasn’t expecting that my three bucket list finds would be 200 feet my backyard. Because I’d found a 1-piece brass flatbutton in my yard while digging a hole for a rosebush, I figured the old farmhouse in an abandoned field adjoining my backyard dated to the 1830s. But I couldn’t get permission from the (very elderly) farmer to dig on the property where he was born. Then a couple of years ago he passed away (at age 104), and his heirs sold the farm… which is now being bulldozed for a large residential subdivision. So I pulled my dusty but much-trusted old Nautilus DMC-1 out of the closet, and headed up the hill to the old farmhouse. Much to my surprise, on the other side of the hill I encountered no less than 4 diggers from our local civil war relic hunting club (Central Virginia Civil War Collectors). They were all hard at work digging their “open-pit mine” at an outbuilding’s footprint in the farm’s backyard field. They reported having previously found three Confederate state-seal buttons… a Virginia, Louisiana, and South Carolina. One of the photos below shows me (at right) resting with my DMC-1. (Look closely, at lower left you'll see a shard of Blue Delft china at the edge of their pit-mine.) So of course I’ve been pounding the fields and farmhouse-site ever since.

I found some of the relics in the "main" photo below in the past 24 hours, some the day before, and others during the past 3 weeks.
At top:
A full-length “arm” from a US Cavalry Model-1859 Enlisted-man’s brass spur.
Row 1:
Virginia State Seal button (Albert book's VA-4b2) with 1845-50 backmark, US 1831 large-cent, 1890 Indian-head cent, 1899 silver 25-cent, 1899 “V-nickel” 5-cent coin.
Row 2:
Six very-early-1800s brass 1-piece flatbuttons, one whose indented-lettering backmark has the word “colour,” indicating it was imported from Britain a few years after the War-of-1812 ended.
Row 3:
A goldplated fancy brass buckle (type unidentified), an unidentified brass buckle-keeper, broken piece from late-1700s-to-early-1800s pewter spoon with 5 hallmark stampings. (I’ll be posting the unknowns in the What-Is-It? forum.)
Row 4:
1901 Adams Patent “President-brand” suspenders buckle, 1700s/1800s clay marble, Remington .40-82 caliber Model-1886 Rifle cartridge casing, two 1800s-type brass 4-hole buttons.
Row 5:
Fragment of early-1800s Blue Delft pattern china plate, neck of aqua-blue glass bottle with early-1800s “applied top.”
 

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BenFrankOG

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Wow! I have to start detecting with you haha
Awesome find.
 

N.O. noir et d'or

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Congrats CBG[emoji844] So happy to hear that you're out digging and recovering bucket-listers to boot!
 

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Sweet button! Congrats on those bucket listers. Thank you for sharing the photos. From the smile on your face, it appears you have found the right prescription. And only 200' away! Wishing you continued success.
 

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Well done, sir! Congratulations.
dts
 

Gene Mean

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Fantastic finds! That must have really gotten you pumped up. Hope to see more posts from that site before it is lost forever.
 

nhbenz

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Awesome! This is my favorite post of yours Ever! I’ve learned so much from your other posts, but they’re always someone else’s finds that you are being helpful in identifying. It’s nice to see someone so deserving of great finds and a fun time succeed!
 

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Nice digs and a great button
 

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It is wonderful to see you out and about again, Pete .. and your finds are fantastic! You, sir, are an inspiration to us all!
 

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Awesome finds they will make you younger trust me Good job cool to see your first todays find post. You are such a great asset to this site I love reading your replies and expert opinions Happy new yearmy friend Tommy
 

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At this late stage of my life, I did not expect to ever have any relic-digging finds worth posting. But my Shepherd & Great Provider recently blessed me totally unexpectedly with 3 things on my elderly-detectorist “bucket list.” So, here is my first-ever post in Today’s Finds as the finder.

Due mainly to health-related reasons, it’s been over 5 years since I’d gone relic-digging. Yes, some of my digger friends have been willing tp give me a ride to one of their relic-spots, but I didn’t want to impose on them. Also, because every local relic-spot that I knew of had been either built-on or dug to death, it’s been over 20 years since I’d dug a Confederate button… or a pre-20[SUP]th[/SUP]-Century silver coin… or a civil war era coin. So although I felt little-to-no hope of ever repeating those finds from my long-ago past, each of them was on my elderly bucket-list… and each turned up in holes I dug recently at an 1830s farmhouse site. See the photos below.

I wasn’t expecting that my three bucket list finds would be 200 feet my backyard. Because I’d found a 1-piece brass flatbutton in my yard while digging a hole for a rosebush, I figured the old farmhouse in an abandoned field adjoining my backyard dated to the 1830s. But I couldn’t get permission from the (very elderly) farmer to dig on the property where he was born. Then a couple of years ago he passed away (at age 104), and his heirs sold the farm… which is now being bulldozed for a large residential subdivision. So I pulled my dusty but much-trusted old Nautilus DMC-1 out of the closet, and headed up the hill to the old farmhouse. Much to my surprise, on the other side of the hill I encountered no less than 4 diggers from our local civil war relic hunting club (Central Virginia Civil War Collectors). They were all hard at work digging their “open-pit mine” at an outbuilding’s footprint in the farm’s backyard field. They reported having previously found three Confederate state-seal buttons… a Virginia, Louisiana, and South Carolina. One of the photos below shows me (at right) resting with my DMC-1. (Look closely, at lower left you'll see a shard of Blue Delft china at the edge of their pit-mine.) So of course I’ve been pounding the fields and farmhouse-site ever since.

I found some of the relics in the "main" photo below in the past 24 hours, some the day before, and others during the past 3 weeks.
At top:
A full-length “arm” from a US Cavalry Model-1859 Enlisted-man’s brass spur.
Row 1:
Virginia State Seal button (Albert book's VA-4b2) with 1845-50 backmark, US 1831 large-cent, 1890 Indian-head cent, 1899 silver 25-cent, 1899 “V-nickel” 5-cent coin.
Row 2:
Six very-early-1800s brass 1-piece flatbuttons, one whose indented-lettering backmark has the word “colour,” indicating it was imported from Britain a few years after the War-of-1812 ended.
Row 3:
A goldplated fancy brass buckle (type unidentified), an unidentified brass buckle-keeper, broken piece from late-1700s-to-early-1800s pewter spoon with 5 hallmark stampings. (I’ll be posting the unknowns in the What-Is-It? forum.)
Row 4:
1901 Adams Patent “President-brand” suspenders buckle, 1700s/1800s clay marble, Remington .40-82 caliber Model-1886 Rifle cartridge casing, two 1800s-type brass 4-hole buttons.
Row 5:
Fragment of early-1800s Blue Delft pattern china plate, neck of aqua-blue glass bottle with early-1800s “applied top.”

Congratulations!! A pleasure to see you post and out hunting!!
 

Carolina Tom

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Congrats sir. It’s great to see you out saving a little history. That’s a really nice button.

Wishing you the best in 2020.

We all appreciate your invaluable contributions to the forum.
 

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CBG, I love reading posts such as this. Well Done sir on your Bucket list finds. Mayan, (the correct pronunciation for man down South), I love the ole' Virginia State Seal button and the spur arm. All great saves. It makes me think that there may still be some glimmer of hope for me. Keep at it.
 

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Congrats on some great finds CBG. Glad you were able to do some relic hunting after a five year break and glad your health is better and you can dig again. Hope you have many more successful hunts.
As I grow older, I still have the passion, but my body doesn't share my mind's enthusiasm. But still going at it and wondering how much longer I can do it. I went out today with my relic hunting partner (who is even older than me). I walked up and down hills and through a swamp and found three minie balls and two musket balls. Four and a half hours and totally exhausted, but so glad I am still able to go.
 

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Spats, you are not alone here. I'm turning 64 next month. I think about this a lot too. It will be hard for us to one day have to hang up our detectors and gear, but until then we have to enjoy every moment we can while we can........and keep the coils swingin'.
 

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Little late finding this post but nice Virginia Militia/State Seal button. I just found one a week ago on a family farm.
 

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