Nice Conestoga Bell, Civil War Relics, Petrified Wood, and a Strange Copper

Steve in PA

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Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father.
The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where we think an old cabin stood. Not much in the ground though. Coins were almost non existent - just a Shield nickel and an 1897 Indian head. I did find my best Conestoga bell. There was also a hint that the guy that lived there served in the Civil War as I found a coat sized Artillery button and my brother found a Civil War knapsack hook. At another site where the farmer just cut his beans I came up with a weird copper that some genius turned the edges up somehow. I can see a bit of a wreath on one side, maybe a Draped Bust? I also got a piece of petrified wood at this place.

A nice Conestoga Bell. It still had the clapper in it, but it fell out during cleaning.
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Two Civil War relics from the old cabin site.
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Petrified Wood
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This and that

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That and this (aka Junk)
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Not sure what to make of this copper. You can just see a bit of a wreath.
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Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father.
The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where we think an old cabin stood. Not much in the ground though. Coins were almost non existent - just a Shield nickel and an 1897 Indian head. I did find my best Conestoga bell. There was also a hint that the guy that lived there served in the Civil War as I found a coat sized Artillery button and my brother found a Civil War knapsack hook. At another site where the farmer just cut his beans I came up with a weird copper that some genius turned the edges up somehow. I can see a bit of a wreath on one side, maybe a Draped Bust? I also got a piece of petrified wood at this place.

A nice Conestoga Bell. It still had the clapper in it, but it fell out during cleaning.
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Two Civil War relics from the old cabin site.
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Petrified Wood
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This and that

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That and this (aka Junk)
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Not sure what to make of this copper. You can just see a bit of a wreath.
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Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

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Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father.
The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where we think an old cabin stood. Not much in the ground though. Coins were almost non existent - just a Shield nickel and an 1897 Indian head. I did find my best Conestoga bell. There was also a hint that the guy that lived there served in the Civil War as I found a coat sized Artillery button and my brother found a Civil War knapsack hook. At another site where the farmer just cut his beans I came up with a weird copper that some genius turned the edges up somehow. I can see a bit of a wreath on one side, maybe a Draped Bust? I also got a piece of petrified wood at this place.

A nice Conestoga Bell. It still had the clapper in it, but it fell out during cleaning.
View attachment 1988396
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View attachment 1988398
Two Civil War relics from the old cabin site.
View attachment 1988399
View attachment 1988405
Petrified Wood
View attachment 1988417
This and that

View attachment 1988429
That and this (aka Junk)
View attachment 1988430
Not sure what to make of this copper. You can just see a bit of a wreath.
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Prayers to you and your family on the loss of your father. That is certainly a tough time in ones life.
Congratulations on your finds. It looks like you had a couple awesome hunts! Awesome copper and bell!!
 

Gene Mean

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I'm very sorry about your father. That's a tremendous loss. When my father died in 1999 at 85 I couldn't believe it. I felt like he should live forever after such an amazing life and service during WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. Dad's are super heroes.
Was your father a metal detectorist as well?
 

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Nice finds Steve.

Sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine at the age of 29. Got up one day shook him he was gone.

Took me a good 5 yrs to get myself right again. Try and keep busy about the best thing you can do during tough times.

Jeremy
 

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I offer my Condolences to you and your family also in the loss of your Father. Fathers as said, are Truly Heroes. Congrat's to you and your brother on some very nice saves of the Civil War relics. I really like the bell and the Eagle A' button. All great artifacts. Stay at this site. There's bound to be more where these were found, and the fact that a CW veteran once lived here, there's a good chance more relics are there just waiting to be saved. Continued Success to yall.
 

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Thanks FF. Out of 100 people that have looked at this thread so far, you are the only one to express condolences.
Condolences 🙏 to you and your family Steve.
I guess either folks don't read, or care it seems.:dontknow:
Still you managed some mice recoveries.

Always love digging the bells, makes any hunt.
Weird looking copper with the wreath.
To me there seems to be a right facing image also.
The edging is so beat I wondering if it was used for gaming, or for another purpose.
 

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Great finds ,and I am sorry for your loss , I see we all have that same sorrow , Time will heal and we all become a little stronger. My Condolences to you and your family ,God Bless.
 

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Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father.
The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where we think an old cabin stood. Not much in the ground though. Coins were almost non existent - just a Shield nickel and an 1897 Indian head. I did find my best Conestoga bell. There was also a hint that the guy that lived there served in the Civil War as I found a coat sized Artillery button and my brother found a Civil War knapsack hook. At another site where the farmer just cut his beans I came up with a weird copper that some genius turned the edges up somehow. I can see a bit of a wreath on one side, maybe a Draped Bust? I also got a piece of petrified wood at this place.

A nice Conestoga Bell. It still had the clapper in it, but it fell out during cleaning.
View attachment 1988396
View attachment 1988397

View attachment 1988398
Two Civil War relics from the old cabin site.
View attachment 1988399
View attachment 1988405
Petrified Wood
View attachment 1988417
This and that

View attachment 1988429
That and this (aka Junk)
View attachment 1988430
Not sure what to make of this copper. You can just see a bit of a wreath.
View attachment 1988432
View attachment 1988433
Was able to get out to a couple places the weekend before last. Haven't had a chance to post because of some personal commitments this week with the death of my father.
The first place was a new spot a friend showed me and my brother. There was a stone spring house and a small depression where we think an old cabin stood. Not much in the ground though. Coins were almost non existent - just a Shield nickel and an 1897 Indian head. I did find my best Conestoga bell. There was also a hint that the guy that lived there served in the Civil War as I found a coat sized Artillery button and my brother found a Civil War knapsack hook. At another site where the farmer just cut his beans I came up with a weird copper that some genius turned the edges up somehow. I can see a bit of a wreath on one side, maybe a Draped Bust? I also got a piece of petrified wood at this place.

A nice Conestoga Bell. It still had the clapper in it, but it fell out during cleaning.
View attachment 1988396
View attachment 1988397

View attachment 1988398
Two Civil War relics from the old cabin site.
View attachment 1988399
View attachment 1988405
Petrified Wood
View attachment 1988417
This and that

View attachment 1988429
That and this (aka Junk)
View attachment 1988430
Not sure what to make of this copper. You can just see a bit of a wreath.
View attachment 1988432
View attachment 1988433
Nice finds! Sweet bell. Congrats
 

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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Steve. It seems trivial to mention your finds, but I think that distraction is okay and maybe even necessary for coping with grief. So, congratulations on the finds. In the coming months, I hope you're able to get out and detect when you feel like you need to.
 
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Steve in PA

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I'm very sorry about your father. That's a tremendous loss. When my father died in 1999 at 85 I couldn't believe it. I felt like he should live forever after such an amazing life and service during WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. Dad's are super heroes.
Was your father a metal detectorist as well?
Thanks Gene. My father was Korean War veteran and a active volunteer firefighter for 58 years, but never a metal detectorist.
 
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Nice finds Steve.

Sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine at the age of 29. Got up one day shook him he was gone.

Took me a good 5 yrs to get myself right again. Try and keep busy about the best thing you can do during tough times.

Jeremy
Thanks Jeremy, I was lucky my Dad made it to 88. He struggled this last year but he died peacefully in his bed. The Ligonier Fire Department really steppe up for his ceremony. They took him to the cemetery in a antique 1927 La France fire truck,
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Steve in PA

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I offer my Condolences to you and your family also in the loss of your Father. Fathers as said, are Truly Heroes. Congrat's to you and your brother on some very nice saves of the Civil War relics. I really like the bell and the Eagle A' button. All great artifacts. Stay at this site. There's bound to be more where these were found, and the fact that a CW veteran once lived here, there's a good chance more relics are there just waiting to be saved. Continued Success to yall.
Thanks devildog. I will be returning to this hilly, rocky, mountain cabin once the frost and snow kill the brush and the stinging nettles.
 
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Steve in PA

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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Steve. It seems trivial to mention your finds, but I think that distraction is okay and maybe even necessary for coping with grief. So, congratulations on the finds. In the coming months, I hope you're able to get out and detect when you feel like you need to.
Thanks LS. Yes my finds are trivial in the grand scheme of things. I do a lot of my detecting from my parents 50 miles east of the city of Pittsburgh. As soon as I would get home he would ask, so whatcha find? When they wrote an article about me in Western & Eastern Treasures back in 2007 or 08, he was so proud he bought me a new metal detector of my choice with no price limit.
 

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Sorry for your loss. Detecting is a good way to keep the mind occupied during these tough times. Those are some nice finds and relics. Condolences to you and your family
 

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Steve, praying for you and your family during this severe mercy.

Your finds were a treasure indeed.
 
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Steve in PA

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Sorry for your loss. Detecting is a good way to keep the mind occupied during these tough times. Those are some nice finds and relics. Condolences to you and your family
Thanks Rich. I plan to get out this weekend and hope my father will steer me over something good.
 

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