I was just too nice to be indoors-digging the frozen tundra.

pepperj

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Yesterday was epic for weather temps. By 11am it was in the high 50s and by the time I arrived at the permission was a beautiful 65F.
Stopped at the first permission and I did a test to see if I could dig, frozen solid.
So off I went to a more southern permission, a corn field, and the shovel went in with a heavy stomp.
Must of been the only spot in that field as every recovery was a many stomp, both feet, chopping affair.
2 hrs of doing selective digging resulted in 2 recoveries
A Un Sol Half Penny, and a cool looking lead lid.

Off to site 2 for a hike, and to visit an old permission. 1/4 mile walk, then across the little stream to be greeted by an uncut hay field.
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The shovel went in no problem, 15 ft away it was 4" of solid frozen dirt.
It was easier to dig in the field than the corn field, but still a hard go.
Some places would be hard, some nearly impossible , and some I'd jump on the pedal only to have the shovel plunge in 11" and nearly gut myself on the handle.
The first recovery was a small cent, so covered with clay I just tossed in the pouch.
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15 minutes later I got this little drawer pull
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Then another 15 up comes this great (slightly bent) buckle.:hello2:
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Couple of minutes later a ? not sure what it might be recovery.

Next one lifted the spirits up as it has been sometime since I recovered a military button. Seeing the 3 cannons and the crown I smiled and voiced an OHYA. :headbang:
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5 minutes later was a Half Penny Bank Token
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Followed by a what is it recovery 10 min. later. :dontknow:
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The hour was a few uneventful recoveries, iron, selective target recoveries, leaving many iffy ones as it was just too hard to beat a iffy out.

I got another Bank token out and kind of amazing I missed gouging it actually.
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The last target was a mother military button, 10 minutes of on the knees chopping, getting up slamming hte shell into the frozen sod and finally recovering a smushed military button.
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4:30 I had enough-hard digging, tall grass, so it was time to get home to do the evening chores.
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There seems to be a connection issue happening for uploading-will get it sorted later when things straighten up.
 

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Great outing! That IHP is in sweet condition. The harmonica reed plate is a great bonus IMO.
Is the lead screw-on lid from a gunpowder can (non-sparking)?
Thank You!
For the ID on the lead lid, I just put it in the cabinet as it has an extra appeal to it now because I know what it came off of.
The reed is an early one as it predates the brass reeds I believe.
 

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Ya done did good pepper🌶! I would go back in a heartbeat. Don't think I've seen a bank token not come out of the ground looking good.
Thank you
Yes this one still had some good detail on it.
Though the clay soils on this permission eats them up well also.
The other one was really burnt
Yes I will return to this site again before spring
Been hunting it for 7+ yrs now
 

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Thanks Nathan
I'm going to approach the owners to see if I can bush hog the sites this spring when it dries up a tad.
The other site has produced over 30 coppers, a few early silvers, lots of interesting relics.
The problem is the prickly ash non the edge of the field, and the hate the stuff as well.
So it might be a good trade off

The skate lade is a first, I saw the back 4" inches in the hole and thought sword-always funny to dream :laughing7:
Yeah that would be a good idea to mow it down, get the rest of the stuff there. Yeah that blade I would have thought it was a weapon at first
 

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Yeah that would be a good idea to mow it down, get the rest of the stuff there. Yeah that blade I would have thought it was a weapon at first
They took the Charolais cattle off the site, took all the electric wire down, and stopped cutting the hay.
Saw a florescent survey stake on the permission last year.
I need to have a chat with the permission.
 

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Yesterday was epic for weather temps. By 11am it was in the high 50s and by the time I arrived at the permission was a beautiful 65F.
Stopped at the first permission and I did a test to see if I could dig, frozen solid.
So off I went to a more southern permission, a corn field, and the shovel went in with a heavy stomp.
Must of been the only spot in that field as every recovery was a many stomp, both feet, chopping affair.
2 hrs of doing selective digging resulted in 2 recoveries
A Un Sol Half Penny, and a cool looking lead lid.

Off to site 2 for a hike, and to visit an old permission. 1/4 mile walk, then across the little stream to be greeted by an uncut hay field. View attachment 2134125
View attachment 2134126
The shovel went in no problem, 15 ft away it was 4" of solid frozen dirt.
It was easier to dig in the field than the corn field, but still a hard go.
Some places would be hard, some nearly impossible , and some I'd jump on the pedal only to have the shovel plunge in 11" and nearly gut myself on the handle.
The first recovery was a small cent, so covered with clay I just tossed in the pouch. View attachment 2134127 View attachment 2134128 View attachment 2134129

15 minutes later I got this little drawer pull
View attachment 2134130

Then another 15 up comes this great (slightly bent) buckle.:hello2: View attachment 2134131

Couple of minutes later a ? not sure what it might be recovery.

Next one lifted the spirits up as it has been sometime since I recovered a military button. Seeing the 3 cannons and the crown I smiled and voiced an OHYA. :headbang: View attachment 2134132 View attachment 2134124 View attachment 2134140 View attachment 2134141

5 minutes later was a Half Penny Bank Token View attachment 2134133 View attachment 2134138 View attachment 2134139

Followed by a what is it recovery 10 min. later. :dontknow: View attachment 2134134

The hour was a few uneventful recoveries, iron, selective target recoveries, leaving many iffy ones as it was just too hard to beat a iffy out.

I got another Bank token out and kind of amazing I missed gouging it actually. View attachment 2134135

The last target was a mother military button, 10 minutes of on the knees chopping, getting up slamming hte shell into the frozen sod and finally recovering a smushed military button. View attachment 2134136
4:30 I had enough-hard digging, tall grass, so it was time to get home to do the evening chores. View attachment 2134137

There seems to be a connection issue happening for uploading-will get it sorted later when things straighten up.
Wow, great finds! Never knew marshes might be such a good place to detect. I'm surrounded with them. Guess I should take a look myself.
 

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Wow, great finds! Never knew marshes might be such a good place to detect. I'm surrounded with them. Guess I should take a look myself.
This if a cellar hole on top of a knoll in the hay field.
The creek runs between the 2 fields and has ran for ever.
The marsh lands are below the falls.
Cool land bridge above the falls.
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I thought the field was rough detecting when it looked like this 7 yrs ago. I had it good back then for getting the coil low to the ground.
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Thanks Bill
I'm going to try posting up the finds as I find them-instead of just being lazy.

It's a first for me as well.
Going to restore this one as it has that cool factor going for it.
Thanks again Pepper …
I love that beautiful blade…
 

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Thanks again Pepper …
I love that beautiful blade…
Thanks Bill
I'm going to restore it a bit and display it.
Hoping to maybe find the matching one.
 

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Yesterday was epic for weather temps. By 11am it was in the high 50s and by the time I arrived at the permission was a beautiful 65F.
Stopped at the first permission and I did a test to see if I could dig, frozen solid.
So off I went to a more southern permission, a corn field, and the shovel went in with a heavy stomp.
Must of been the only spot in that field as every recovery was a many stomp, both feet, chopping affair.
2 hrs of doing selective digging resulted in 2 recoveries
A Un Sol Half Penny, and a cool looking lead lid.

Off to site 2 for a hike, and to visit an old permission. 1/4 mile walk, then across the little stream to be greeted by an uncut hay field. View attachment 2134125
View attachment 2134126
The shovel went in no problem, 15 ft away it was 4" of solid frozen dirt.
It was easier to dig in the field than the corn field, but still a hard go.
Some places would be hard, some nearly impossible , and some I'd jump on the pedal only to have the shovel plunge in 11" and nearly gut myself on the handle.
The first recovery was a small cent, so covered with clay I just tossed in the pouch. View attachment 2134127 View attachment 2134128 View attachment 2134129

15 minutes later I got this little drawer pull
View attachment 2134130

Then another 15 up comes this great (slightly bent) buckle.:hello2: View attachment 2134131

Couple of minutes later a ? not sure what it might be recovery.

Next one lifted the spirits up as it has been sometime since I recovered a military button. Seeing the 3 cannons and the crown I smiled and voiced an OHYA. :headbang: View attachment 2134132 View attachment 2134124 View attachment 2134140 View attachment 2134141

5 minutes later was a Half Penny Bank Token View attachment 2134133 View attachment 2134138 View attachment 2134139

Followed by a what is it recovery 10 min. later. :dontknow: View attachment 2134134

The hour was a few uneventful recoveries, iron, selective target recoveries, leaving many iffy ones as it was just too hard to beat a iffy out.

I got another Bank token out and kind of amazing I missed gouging it actually. View attachment 2134135

The last target was a mother military button, 10 minutes of on the knees chopping, getting up slamming hte shell into the frozen sod and finally recovering a smushed military button. View attachment 2134136
4:30 I had enough-hard digging, tall grass, so it was time to get home to do the evening chores. View attachment 2134137

There seems to be a connection issue happening for uploading-will get it sorted later when things straighten up.
Beautiful finds 🌶️!!!
 

igloo777

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Beautiful patina on that IH. Congrats.
 

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Beautiful patina on that IH. Congrats.
Thank you
I was really quite surprised that it stood the tested time of 145 yrs in the wet heavy clay.
Then again the metal content of a coin can really help.
 

igloo777

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I was really quite surprised that it stood the tested time of 145 yrs in the wet heavy clay.
Then again the metal content of a coin can really help.
For sure. Modern pennies will certainly not look like that in 145 years!
 

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