Finds from recent Delaware detecting (1909 IHP, and WW1 era US Navy Button)

brianc053

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Hi everyone. I've been spending some time down in Delaware, so I made it a point to get out and detect 5 or 6 times while there.
I detected at a few different locations: some time on the beach, in a farm field and at two old homesites.
Although none of the finds are stunning, there were enough to keep me interested and happy. And I'm just getting familiar with these sites, so hopefully there are additional great finds to discover!

My favorite find came from a farm field: a US Navy button from late 1800's-early 1900's (pre-1941 since the eagle faces to its left). And the button is in great shape. Back: "NS Meyer inc NEW YORK". That same day at a nearby field I found 3 wheat (1923, 1936, 1941) which is why they're pictured together at first.

Since I found the 3 wheat pennies together in a field where there used to be an 1800's school, I returned to that field another day and did manage to find an Indian Head Cent: 1909, last year they were made. It's in good shape too (better than NJ soil, although the patina is weirdly mottled).
The school field also gave up a weird harmonica-like reed plate. I say it's "weird" because it's larger and thicker than others I've found, and made of a different - and more corroded/rougher - material. A picture of the one I found (top) and a "normal" one (bottom) is included. Any thoughts on this reed plate?

A third location (an 1800's homesite) gave up a very interesting find: the brass plate from an 1886 era Knights of the Golden Eagle ribbon (example included below). I'm currently researching and trying to tie a past owner to the Knights organization - maybe I can figure out exactly who owned the ribbon this came from.

From the beach I found a handful of 40mm WW2 artillery shrapnel - a common find on the Delaware beaches (Letter A in the green picture). I could have found buckets-full. The problem is the larger pieces sound like copper coins, so I dig them until I get sick of digging them and then I move on.

The Letter B item in the green picture is something I don't identify; it's like a cap on a broken piece of glass. Some sort of old electrical insulator?

The Letter C item in the green picture looks like a "buggy break" (i.e. buggy shaft tip), and it has rotted wood inside, but it also has two tabs on it, which I haven't seen before, and it doesn't have a wear mark where the tip would have sat on the ground. Is it a "buggy break"?

I included a few other items found, and the total of clad was about $2.66 or so. No silver, sadly - I was hopeful the school site would produce a dime, but no luck this time.
Next time!
Thanks for looking.

- Brian

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billb

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Congratulations on your beautiful recoveries
Nice Detail and Well Said
 

Gene Mean

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Congrats on the eagle button and other great finds! I'm curious about the big reed too.
 

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Hi everyone. I've been spending some time down in Delaware, so I made it a point to get out and detect 5 or 6 times while there.
I detected at a few different locations: some time on the beach, in a farm field and at two old homesites.
Although none of the finds are stunning, there were enough to keep me interested and happy. And I'm just getting familiar with these sites, so hopefully there are additional great finds to discover!

My favorite find came from a farm field: a US Navy button from late 1800's-early 1900's (pre-1941 since the eagle faces to its left). And the button is in great shape. Back: "NS Meyer inc NEW YORK". That same day at a nearby field I found 3 wheat (1923, 1936, 1941) which is why they're pictured together at first.

Since I found the 3 wheat pennies together in a field where there used to be an 1800's school, I returned to that field another day and did manage to find an Indian Head Cent: 1909, last year they were made. It's in good shape too (better than NJ soil, although the patina is weirdly mottled).
The school field also gave up a weird harmonica-like reed plate. I say it's "weird" because it's larger and thicker than others I've found, and made of a different - and more corroded/rougher - material. A picture of the one I found (top) and a "normal" one (bottom) is included. Any thoughts on this reed plate?

A third location (an 1800's homesite) gave up a very interesting find: the brass plate from an 1886 era Knights of the Golden Eagle ribbon (example included below). I'm currently researching and trying to tie a past owner to the Knights organization - maybe I can figure out exactly who owned the ribbon this came from.

From the beach I found a handful of 40mm WW2 artillery shrapnel - a common find on the Delaware beaches (Letter A in the green picture). I could have found buckets-full. The problem is the larger pieces sound like copper coins, so I dig them until I get sick of digging them and then I move on.

The Letter B item in the green picture is something I don't identify; it's like a cap on a broken piece of glass. Some sort of old electrical insulator?

The Letter C item in the green picture looks like a "buggy break" (i.e. buggy shaft tip), and it has rotted wood inside, but it also has two tabs on it, which I haven't seen before, and it doesn't have a wear mark where the tip would have sat on the ground. Is it a "buggy break"?

I included a few other items found, and the total of clad was about $2.66 or so. No silver, sadly - I was hopeful the school site would produce a dime, but no luck this time.
Next time!
Thanks for looking.

- Brian

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Great presentation, would love to hear more on the background on the Knights of the Golden Eagle piece once you find out.... thanks for sharing this!
 

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Hi everyone. I've been spending some time down in Delaware, so I made it a point to get out and detect 5 or 6 times while there.
I detected at a few different locations: some time on the beach, in a farm field and at two old homesites.
Although none of the finds are stunning, there were enough to keep me interested and happy. And I'm just getting familiar with these sites, so hopefully there are additional great finds to discover!

My favorite find came from a farm field: a US Navy button from late 1800's-early 1900's (pre-1941 since the eagle faces to its left). And the button is in great shape. Back: "NS Meyer inc NEW YORK". That same day at a nearby field I found 3 wheat (1923, 1936, 1941) which is why they're pictured together at first.

Since I found the 3 wheat pennies together in a field where there used to be an 1800's school, I returned to that field another day and did manage to find an Indian Head Cent: 1909, last year they were made. It's in good shape too (better than NJ soil, although the patina is weirdly mottled).
The school field also gave up a weird harmonica-like reed plate. I say it's "weird" because it's larger and thicker than others I've found, and made of a different - and more corroded/rougher - material. A picture of the one I found (top) and a "normal" one (bottom) is included. Any thoughts on this reed plate?

A third location (an 1800's homesite) gave up a very interesting find: the brass plate from an 1886 era Knights of the Golden Eagle ribbon (example included below). I'm currently researching and trying to tie a past owner to the Knights organization - maybe I can figure out exactly who owned the ribbon this came from.

From the beach I found a handful of 40mm WW2 artillery shrapnel - a common find on the Delaware beaches (Letter A in the green picture). I could have found buckets-full. The problem is the larger pieces sound like copper coins, so I dig them until I get sick of digging them and then I move on.

The Letter B item in the green picture is something I don't identify; it's like a cap on a broken piece of glass. Some sort of old electrical insulator?

The Letter C item in the green picture looks like a "buggy break" (i.e. buggy shaft tip), and it has rotted wood inside, but it also has two tabs on it, which I haven't seen before, and it doesn't have a wear mark where the tip would have sat on the ground. Is it a "buggy break"?

I included a few other items found, and the total of clad was about $2.66 or so. No silver, sadly - I was hopeful the school site would produce a dime, but no luck this time.
Next time!
Thanks for looking.

- Brian

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Congratulations Brian looks like you had a great time!
 

ANTIQUARIAN

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Interesting finds Brian, that late 1800s US Navy button has a beautiful look to it. :thumbsup:
That 'Golden Eagle' medal hanger is an interesting find too.
Dave
 

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