Yesterday's hunt - Spanish Silver, Coppers, Buttons, Musket Balls

Steve in PA

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Made plans with a hunting partner to hit an old tavern near where a French and Indian War road passed.
A previous trip yielded a 1749 KG II, buttons, and a 1750s military sling buckle. But he couldn't make it yesterday, so I called on my new partner, Emily, to go with me. When we got there the farmer wouldn't let us hunt near the tavern site because his son wants to get a metal detector. We were allowed to hunt a muddy field about 150 yards away. I managed to find a few things, including my 74th Spanish silver, which keeps my streak of finding at least one per year alive, now at 11 straight years. Emily couldn't find anything with my Equinox 600, but it wasn't for lack of trying lol. She must be good luck though because she was with me the last two times I've found Spanish silver ;D

Emily working on another phantom target lol
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Farm fresh, 177X Spanish half real
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My take. The buckle shield was patented in 1879 and used for many years.. I found it washed out of the side of the road when we stopped to eat on the way home. Everything else is from the farm field. The large musket ball is a .69 caliber Brown Bess musket ball from the French & Indian War.
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Made plans with a hunting partner to hit an old tavern near where a French and Indian War road passed.
A previous trip yielded a 1749 KG II, buttons, and a 1750s military sling buckle. But he couldn't make it yesterday, so I called on my new partner, Emily, to go with me. When we got there the farmer wouldn't let us hunt near the tavern site because his son wants to get a metal detector. We were allowed to hunt a muddy field about 150 yards away. I managed to find a few things, including my 74th Spanish silver, which keeps my streak of finding at least one per year alive, now at 11 straight years. Emily couldn't find anything with my Equinox 600, but it wasn't for lack of trying lol. She must be good luck though because she was with me the last two times I've found Spanish silver ;D

Emily working on another phantom target lol
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Farm fresh, 177X Spanish half real
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My take. The buckle shield was patented in 1879 and used for many years.. I found it washed out of the side of the road when we stopped to eat on the way home. Everything else is from the farm field. The large musket ball is a .69 caliber Brown Bess musket ball from the French & Indian War.
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Great finds…think I found that same buckle this weekend at a late 1800s home.
 

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Digger RJ

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Made plans with a hunting partner to hit an old tavern near where a French and Indian War road passed.
A previous trip yielded a 1749 KG II, buttons, and a 1750s military sling buckle. But he couldn't make it yesterday, so I called on my new partner, Emily, to go with me. When we got there the farmer wouldn't let us hunt near the tavern site because his son wants to get a metal detector. We were allowed to hunt a muddy field about 150 yards away. I managed to find a few things, including my 74th Spanish silver, which keeps my streak of finding at least one per year alive, now at 11 straight years. Emily couldn't find anything with my Equinox 600, but it wasn't for lack of trying lol. She must be good luck though because she was with me the last two times I've found Spanish silver ;D

Emily working on another phantom target lol
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Farm fresh, 177X Spanish half real
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My take. The buckle shield was patented in 1879 and used for many years.. I found it washed out of the side of the road when we stopped to eat on the way home. Everything else is from the farm field. The large musket ball is a .69 caliber Brown Bess musket ball from the French & Indian War.
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Very Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
 

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Nice finds. Too bad you couldn't actualy hit the tavern cuz the owner is selfish.
 
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Steve in PA

Steve in PA

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Nice finds. Too bad you couldn't actualy hit the tavern cuz the owner is selfish.
He's actually a nice Amish guy. I've hit the tavern area before and found some nice buttons and a 1749 KG II.
 
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Steve in PA

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Great finds…think I found that same buckle this weekend at a late 1800s home.
I have found a few of them in the past. They are actually buckle shields or covers used at the rear of the horse to keep the horse's tail from getting snagged on the buckle. They were first patented in 1879. Here is a page from a 1907 catalog advertising them. I actually found this one washed out of the side of a street in a small town where we stopped to eat on the way home.
 

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Emily looks like a nice upgrade to me! :icon_thumleft::laughing7: Nice finds!
 

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Made plans with a hunting partner to hit an old tavern near where a French and Indian War road passed.
A previous trip yielded a 1749 KG II, buttons, and a 1750s military sling buckle. But he couldn't make it yesterday, so I called on my new partner, Emily, to go with me. When we got there the farmer wouldn't let us hunt near the tavern site because his son wants to get a metal detector. We were allowed to hunt a muddy field about 150 yards away. I managed to find a few things, including my 74th Spanish silver, which keeps my streak of finding at least one per year alive, now at 11 straight years. Emily couldn't find anything with my Equinox 600, but it wasn't for lack of trying lol. She must be good luck though because she was with me the last two times I've found Spanish silver ;D

Emily working on another phantom target lol
View attachment 2020635

Farm fresh, 177X Spanish half real
View attachment 2020636

My take. The buckle shield was patented in 1879 and used for many years.. I found it washed out of the side of the road when we stopped to eat on the way home. Everything else is from the farm field. The large musket ball is a .69 caliber Brown Bess musket ball from the French & Indian War.
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Congrats on adding another Spanish silver to your tally!!!
 

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Were the Brown Bess muskets firing .69's during the F&I war? I know they fired .75 during the Revolution. The French Charlesville musket used by American troops during the Revolution fired the .69.
 
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Steve in PA

Steve in PA

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Were the Brown Bess muskets firing .69's during the F&I war? I know they fired .75 during the Revolution. The French Charlesville musket used by American troops during the Revolution fired the .69.
This one mics at exactly .69. I have found the same size musket balls at numerous British F & I War sites in SW PA. Maybe the gun was .75 caliber, but the balls were smaller.
 
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Steve in PA

Steve in PA

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That's one fantastic streak Steve, and quite a load of Spanish silver. Thanks for the post. Keep'm coming!
Thanks Silvermonkey. I'm glad I got it out of the way early in the year. In 2018 it wasn't until December 16 that I found one to keep the streak alive.
 

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