Digging and sifting my bud's back yard

oldmxrat

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He saw my screen and was dying to know what what in his back yard. His house dates from the early thirties. Never one to say no to such a good opportunity, I went the next morning and started in. Unfortunately, there isn't much area that can be dug because he's got junk everywhere. This all came from an area about 6 feet by 8 feet and about 1 foot deep. Any deeper and it was hard-packed rocks and scrabble and way to hard to dig. Maybe this winter when it's wet.
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The key fob is from the Manx Hotel, S.F. Ca., built right after the 1906 earthquake/fire. It stands today. The thin hoop has a groove around the inside to hold something and tests 14k gold. The large disk in the center has a reeded edge like a dime :dontknow:.
The silver colored safety pin thingy has a patent date of 5-10-98.
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The clock weight is pretty heavy and about 7.5 inches long. The thing with the handles looks like this wine uncorker.
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It was fun, but hot and VERY dirty work. I was surprised not to find a single coin. Oh well, better go charge up the detector now!
 
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Chilli

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He saw my screen and was dying to know what what in his back yard. His house dates from the early thirties. Never one to say no to such a good opportunity, I went the next morning and started in. Unfortunately, there isn't much area that can be dug because he's got junk everywhere. This all came from an area about 6 feet by 8 feet and about 1 foot deep. Any deeper and it was hard-packed rocks and scrabble and way to hard to dig. Maybe this winter when it's wet.
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The key fob is from the Manx Hotel, S.F. Ca., built right after the 1906 earthquake/fire. It stands today. The thin hoop has a groove around the inside to hold something and tests 14k gold. The large disk in the center has a reeded edge like a dime :dontknow:.
The silver colored safety pin thingy has a patent date of 5-10-98.
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The clock weight is pretty heavy and about 7.5 inches long. The thing with the handles looks like this wine uncorker.
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It was fun, but hot and VERY dirty work. I was surprised not to find a single coin. Oh well, better go charge up the detector now!
Wow thats from just sifting for relics. Never knew anyone to do that before apart from seeing it done on tv with archaeology digs!
That's great. No batteries required too πŸ‘πŸ˜€
 

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That's an amazing haul for relics!! On some new property I recently purchased I have metal detected tons of old relics from d rings to buckles to buttons to harmonica reeds and shotgun head stamps(even a couple solid brass shell casings) and even some stirrups. I've been thinking about excavating and sifting to save time. There's a ton of "relics" still in the ground. From everything I've pulled out of the ground I'm guessing it was either town dump or farm dump, either way everything there has been broken or well used.
 

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He saw my screen and was dying to know what what in his back yard. His house dates from the early thirties. Never one to say no to such a good opportunity, I went the next morning and started in. Unfortunately, there isn't much area that can be dug because he's got junk everywhere. This all came from an area about 6 feet by 8 feet and about 1 foot deep. Any deeper and it was hard-packed rocks and scrabble and way to hard to dig. Maybe this winter when it's wet.
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The key fob is from the Manx Hotel, S.F. Ca., built right after the 1906 earthquake/fire. It stands today. The thin hoop has a groove around the inside to hold something and tests 14k gold. The large disk in the center has a reeded edge like a dime :dontknow:.
The silver colored safety pin thingy has a patent date of 5-10-98.
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The clock weight is pretty heavy and about 7.5 inches long. The thing with the handles looks like this wine uncorker.
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It was fun, but hot and VERY dirty work. I was surprised not to find a single coin. Oh well, better go charge up the detector now!
cool variety of finds, well done.
 

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He saw my screen and was dying to know what what in his back yard. His house dates from the early thirties. Never one to say no to such a good opportunity, I went the next morning and started in. Unfortunately, there isn't much area that can be dug because he's got junk everywhere. This all came from an area about 6 feet by 8 feet and about 1 foot deep. Any deeper and it was hard-packed rocks and scrabble and way to hard to dig. Maybe this winter when it's wet.
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The key fob is from the Manx Hotel, S.F. Ca., built right after the 1906 earthquake/fire. It stands today. The thin hoop has a groove around the inside to hold something and tests 14k gold. The large disk in the center has a reeded edge like a dime :dontknow:.
The silver colored safety pin thingy has a patent date of 5-10-98.
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The clock weight is pretty heavy and about 7.5 inches long. The thing with the handles looks like this wine uncorker.
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It was fun, but hot and VERY dirty work. I was surprised not to find a single coin. Oh well, better go charge up the detector now!
Very Cool!!! Congrats!!!!
 

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I think all the stuff found is due to the incinerator and then spreading the ashes. I find LOTS of places like this and am convinced that its due to trash burning. Did you find any old lead or white metal tubes...like what toothpast comes in?
NIce job and keepers and thanks for the post.
 
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The thin hoop that is 14k is a part of a Lorgnette, a type of victorian era folding eyeglasses.
Incredible finds for such a small area!!!
Very cool, thanks for the I.D.! That one had me puzzled.
 
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I think all the stuff found is due to the incinerator and then spreading the ashes. I find LOTS of places like this and am convinced that its due to trash burning. Did you find any old lead or white metal tubes...like what toothpast comes in?
NIce job and keepers and thanks for the post.
Yep, there's a lead tube top just below the doll in the second pic.
 
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oldmxrat

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That's an amazing haul for relics!! On some new property I recently purchased I have metal detected tons of old relics from d rings to buckles to buttons to harmonica reeds and shotgun head stamps(even a couple solid brass shell casings) and even some stirrups. I've been thinking about excavating and sifting to save time. There's a ton of "relics" still in the ground. From everything I've pulled out of the ground I'm guessing it was either town dump or farm dump, either way everything there has been broken or well used.
I think back then everybody in these little towns had a trash dump out back.
 

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