My first Crotal bell and flat button with full shank

Qwest

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Had a little time to go check out my new farm permission today. I started on what was once the main road through my county in the 1700's, which is now just a dirt road that runs through the farms pastures and corn fields of this farm. This property is just so huge, it's overwhelming, so I just hit the spots that I thought would produce right away, and I was not disappointed. Found my very first crotal bell in the first 20 min of searching beside the old road. The ground is very unforgiving and full of stone, so every dig took about 10 min, but I managed a flat button with shank intact, and one very toasted wheatie with no readable date that I thought was an IHP at first. I barely scratched the surface of this place and those 2 finds alone give me hope that I am going to pull some good finds out of it. That old road leads through a now heavily forested area, and the landowner tells me that there are 13 colonial foundations about 600 yards in off the road. I'm saving that for when I have more time.

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WannaDig3687

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Very cool!!!!! I’m still looking for my first crotal bell. I have only found a piece of one. Man, it sounds like you have a very nice site to hunt. Congratulations and good luck!
 

terrafirma

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Nice bell! Looks like the iron (clanger) is still inside?
 

lenmac65

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Nice finds, but I think the best is yet to come for you with 13 home sites available. I really need to move somewhere more rural, as I have nothing like that around me. Good luck and happy hunting.
 

Squirrel322

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Congrats that’s bell is super cool! :occasion14:

To my understanding, that would actually be a sleigh bell. The iron On the top would have been how it was attached to a leather strap. Crotal bells on the other hand have a hoop there where it would have hung from an animals neck. I could be mistaken....
 
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Congrats on the nice relics! :occasion14:
 

JeffInMass

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Awesome finds! That sounds like it could possibly be one of those lifetime locations- Good luck!
 

ArfieBoy

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Wow! Looks like you have a great place to spend forever hunting!
 

grasshopper

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Nice, I went to college in CNY, amazing how many lost home sites there are in the forests out there...
 

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I think this would be best described as a sleigh bell, different attachment to the leather than a crotal bell.
 

Wildcat1750

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Nice find! :icon_thumright:
Perhaps you can get it to ring?
 

Joe-Dirt

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Nice job Q!! Bells are one of favorite relics to find
 

cheffer

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Love finding bells, you got a nice one
 

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