This is an old homesite that I'm able to detect early in the spring or after the harvest. I first detected this site in 2015 and always look forward to the interesting relics that pop up here, so on Sunday morning I got back again for 5hrs and was not disappointed. My first find was a 1919 LC laying right on top of the ground, it still had a dirt clump fused to the back, so this was likely popped out during disking. The soil here is drying out quickly due to the lack of rain over the past few weeks, consequently the ground is getting hard to dig. I found lots of horse hardware clips, a buckle and even two reins guides, the three-tine hay fork was an interesting surface find as well.
“A two-tine pitchfork would lift bundles or loose hay, but only an expert could prevent material from falling through between the tines. Workers with less skill could use three-tine pitchforks more conveniently. Certain three-pronged pitchforks were made of wood, but most had iron or steel tines. The pitcher standing on the ground beside the bundle wagon used a pitchfork with a long handle. The bundle loader standing on the wagon used a pitchfork with a short handle. The short handles were approximately four feet in length. The long handles ran between four and a half and five and a half feet.”
I was making my last pass down a slope to leave and I received a solid high-tone ‘75’ on the Deus. Now a ‘75’ signal on a farm site is pretty rare, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this would be a ‘gold-signal’. The gold on this piece shined the moment I uncovered it, unfortunately the bright sunlight made it difficult to photograph. I believe this to be a Late-Georgian or early-Victorian Period gold and copper seal fob. This fob is likely set in 9 karat gold and is ornately decorated in the early 19thc style. I feel this piece dates from the 1830 - 40s. Originally it would have been worn on the end of a watch chain, or possibly a chatelaine. If you feel this piece dates later then the Georgian/Victorian Period or if my assumption that this is a wax seal fob please feel free to let me know.
I also found what I feel maybe a percussion pistol lock, I welcome your suggestions as to what this rusty iron relic might be because I really have no idea.
Thanks very much for looking,