Last few days at the colonial home

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Well, it's finally clearing up outside. Maybe digging later this week but I did get out a few times over the weekend. One site was a long forgotten colonial home. It has been hit before, but there are still targets in the ground, especially around the iron.

Here's this week's take. IMG_1142.JPG Since it was so HUGE, I had to keep the oyster shell, we found a few like these.

IMG_1143.JPG Piece of nice slipware (on red body) with a piece of Westerwald. IMG_1144.JPG This is a lead "sow". The elongated strip of lead remaining where buckshot or musket balls were cast from it! My first one ever!

IMG_1145.JPG Back piece to a bristle brush and part of a pewter spoon handle.

IMG_1146.JPG Just part of where a Bellarmine handle would have attached to the body of the jug, but look at the fingerprints!

IMG_1147.JPG Colonial child's whizzer toy! My first one ever!

IMG_1148.JPG Large tombac button with shank, 1/2 reale and brass stud for a wooden box.

IMG_1150.JPG Late 17th to early 18th century spur in iron and part of a knife.

IMG_1151.JPG Nice forged iron buckle and some rose head nails.
 
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Those are some great finds Smokey!! A real nice assortment of finds. :icon_thumright:
What year is the spanish silver 1/2 real from?
 

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Rose head nails, huh? I'm lucky if I can find a couple of square-head nails. Thanks for sharing!
 
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Silver is 1760.
 

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Nice !!! Congrats!!!
 
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Looking good, congrats! :occasion14:
 

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Very nice bunch of colonial items! I'd love to see a closer shot of the real. What did you do to the iron pieces to get them to look so good? Congrats!!
 

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Well, it's finally clearing up outside. Maybe digging later this week but I did get out a few times over the weekend. One site was a long forgotten colonial home. It has been hit before, but there are still targets in the ground, especially around the iron.

Here's this week's take. View attachment 1776519 Since it was so HUGE, I had to keep the oyster shell, we found a few like these.

View attachment 1776520 Piece of nice slipware (on red body) with a piece of Westerwald. View attachment 1776522 This is a lead "sow". The elongated strip of lead remaining where buckshot or musket balls were cast from it! My first one ever!

View attachment 1776523 Back piece to a bristle brush and part of a pewter spoon handle.

View attachment 1776524 Just part of where a Bellarmine handle would have attached to the body of the jug, but look at the fingerprints!

View attachment 1776525 Colonial child's whizzer toy! My first one ever!

View attachment 1776526 Large tombac button with shank, 1/2 reale and brass stud for a wooden box.

View attachment 1776527 Late 17th to early 18th century spur in iron and part of a knife.

View attachment 1776528 Nice forged iron buckle and some rose head nails.

Awesome finds!! Congratulations!
 

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Very nice assortment of finds and the lead 'sow' is quite interesting! Now I'll know what that is if I ever find one like it. :icon_thumleft:
 
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I put the iron in an old fashioned tumbler with a few quartz pebbles and water. Let it run a couple hours, dumped the dirty water, and repeated two more times. Then I "boiled" the iron in microcrystalline wax, without setting the house on fire (yes, I did it outside), and that drove out the moisture and preserved them.
 

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You picked up some nice relics Smokey. Congrats on your first Whizzer toy.
 
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Thanks. Here's a pic of the one shell next to a huge 32 oz. soda cup. IMG_1152.JPG

And some of the pipe pieces. Even the kids smoked a lot back then. IMG_1153.jpg
 
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Killer finds Smokey! That is the dang biggest oyster shell I have ever seen!!
 
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We're not done there yet. We have found maybe 6 homesites. Surface stuff is getting slimmer, but I still dug a 17th century buckle, intact and a huge button only a few inches deep.
 

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Holy Moly that's alot of really old cool finds. Good job I think I've been out 4 to 5 times this year but love seeing all these cool posts. Keep ripping those goodies out you've had a great year..Tommy
 

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