Pocket Watch Key, Wedding Ring, Crotal Bell

ANTIQUARIAN

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Last Friday consisted of three hunts over 7hrs. :thumbsup: The first site I hit was the old stone farmhouse. I found the pocket watch key a crotal bell and the old clothes iron here. My second site was the โ€˜horse farmโ€™ that I detected last weekend. Here I found a brass wedding band, a smooth British Half Penny and an interesting piece of brass with some writing on it. When this first came up, I thought these were simply old scratches in the metal. It wasnโ€™t until I showed it to the landowner that he mentioned, โ€œthis looks like writing, not scratches.โ€

My last hunt of the day was at a tree nursery in search of a friendโ€™s lost cell phone. He told me, โ€œthe phone was lost in the Spring of 2020 and was likely buried in one of three rows of trees while being planted with a machine.โ€ Unfortunately, I didnโ€™t find the phone after searching for 90mins in 3 - 1km long rows of trees, but I did eyeball an old cow tag for my troubles. :laughing7:

Thanks very much for looking,
Dave
 

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islamoradamark

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you got some interesting finds there thanks for the great pictures
 

Elvis

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Awesome saves!!!!
 

Silvermonkey

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Thant's a lot of hunting...good for you! Congrats on your finds. I would love to find a crotal bell one day. Love the pics of your furry detecting partner!
 

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Love the crotal! also love the pic of the terrier power sniffing in the window! Every type of terrier I've ever known loved driving with the head out the window smelling stuff at high speeds.
 

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The piece of brass with "mith" on it looks like it was maybe something re-used as a heel plate to repair a shoe?

Nice finds!
 

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Is the writing RUTH?
 

Hunk-a-lead

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beautiful finds that cleaned up so nicely! What did the pooch ring up? iffy I'll bet
 

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Very interesting finds. I'm wondering what that brass item is. Maybe an old trunk plate cut and reused as something else...
 

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Very nice finds. I like that Crotal Bell.
 
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you got some interesting finds there thanks for the great pictures
Thanks for your post and for the compliment Mark. :thumbsup:
Dave


Great Saves!!
Thank you!


Awesome saves!!!!
Thank you Elvis! :icon_thumright:


Thant's a lot of hunting...good for you! Congrats on your finds. I would love to find a crotal bell one day. Love the pics of your furry detecting partner!
Thanks for your post my friend.
I'm probably just trying to make up for time lost this past winter. :laughing7:
Bet you'll find a crotal bell this year.
Dave


Love the crotal! also love the pic of the terrier power sniffing in the window! Every type of terrier I've ever known loved driving with the head out the window smelling stuff at high speeds.
Thanks for your post TP. :occasion14:
She was born on a farm, that's probably why she likes being outdoors all the time.
Hope you're having a great year so far.
Dave


What a haul! Awesome!
Thanks Baja. :wave:
Hope you're doing well in SoCal.
Love your avatar, do you actually own this early map?
Dave


Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
Thanks Randy


The piece of brass with "mith" on it looks like it was maybe something re-used as a heel plate to repair a shoe?

Nice finds!
I'm not exactly sure what the first letter is, mainly because it's covered in rust and I don't want to over clean it. Based on the location of the rust points in the brass, a heel plate from a boot makes the most sense.
Stretching it I know, but there's a biblical reference connecting 'Ruth' and shoes ... (Ruth 4:7) "Take this shoe wherewith I used to go and tread upon my land".
Isn't there a company that produces "Ruth" brand shoes?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this piece Radon. :thumbsup:
Dave


Is the writing RUTH?
I'm thinking so Cru. :icon_scratch:
This piece definitely looks like it's been re-purposed for something else to be used as a heel wearplate.
Hope you and your Dad are doing well,
Dave


beautiful finds that cleaned up so nicely! What did the pooch ring up? iffy I'll bet
Thank you for your post Sir. :icon_salut:
I tell you she's got a nose like a Bloodhound, the moment I start cooking chicken, she's stuck to my leg like Crazy Glue. :laughing7:


Very interesting finds. I'm wondering what that brass item is. Maybe an old trunk plate cut and reused as something else...
Thanks for your post Anton.
The thickness of the brass plate is pretty substantial, it's also slightly concave.
When it first popped up, I thought it was half of a War of 1812 British Military Breast Plate. :icon_scratch:
Dave


Very nice finds. I like that Crotal Bell.
Thank you TH, I never get tired of digging these old bells.:thumbsup:
Hope you're having a good year in OK/IL so far.
Dave
 

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Great finds Dave!

I love the look of those old houses. For all their flaws because of old time construction, they just donโ€™t make them with character like that anymore.
 

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Congratulations on your very nice accomplishments..your determination to do multiple hunts definitely rewarded you..
Stay safe out there
 
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Great finds Dave!

I love the look of those old houses. For all their flaws because of old time construction, they just donโ€™t make them with character like that anymore.
Thanks for your post and for sharing your thoughts DTC. :thumbsup:
You'd be amazed at just how many old homes have been left to sit empty in this town, only to be prayed on by vandals, it's a real tragedy.
Dave


Congratulations on your very nice accomplishments..your determination to do multiple hunts definitely rewarded you..
Stay safe out there
Thanks very much Bill, I think I'm just trying to make up for lost time due to not being able to detect since the middle of December. :laughing7:
Hope you're doing well this year,
Dave



I also think it says Ruth.
It's a mystery as to what the original use of this piece was, I'd really like to know what it started out as. :dontknow:
The 'script' or 'writing' looks mid-19thc to me, but it could be old too.
Also, the word has a period at the end of it, to me this indicates that this is an abbreviation of the original word.
Thanks for your post,
Dave
 

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What a beautiful spot to detect. Nice finds, especially that bell. I am not a dog owner, but that last picture really made me smile. Congrats!
 
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What a beautiful spot to detect. Nice finds, especially that bell. I am not a dog owner, but that last picture really made me smile. Congrats!
Thanks for your post Steve. :thumbsup:
My daughter took that pic last week, I take her and the dog for drives in the evening every few day to get her out of the house.
We've been living with a 'Stay at Home' order here in Ontario since mid-April, yesterday it was extended until June 2.

Here she is before her haircut and after her day at 'The Doggy Spa'. :laughing7:

Best of luck to you Steve,
Dave
 

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