By Chase Goldman
Got a coveted invite to a productive PA permission and it resulted in a rare, but awesome couple hours relic hunting in February. Weather cooperated and the ground was relatively soft and not frozen from recent rains so we snuck out for some February relic fun.
Was using the ORX, and though it did not hit on its namesake gold, it pretty much nailed plenty of keeper silver, brass, and lead.
First hit was a well worn, 1854 Seated Quarter - a good omen and kept my silver streak at the site alive. With the skunk out of the way early, the Seated recovery basically set the tone that everything else found would be gravy.
Next hit a 1925 SLQ in decent shape. A couple minie balls later, got a plow damaged Eagle and a nice flat button with some reverse gold guilt.
Finally, hit on my highlight find of the day, my first CW Confederate Infantry Block "I" uniform button in great shape! Was kind of speechless after I realized what I had dug.
Cleaned up with some additional minies including a Spencer carbine (lower left in the group pic, originally thought it was a Merrill)
Couldn't have asked for a more in the three hours we were there (well I could have asked for more, but that would be just plain greedy).
Used the ORX exclusively with the 9" round HF coil and Gold Mode in 14 and 30 khz. It is a very capable and affordable alternative to the Deus for relic hunting and the ORX Gold mode seems to be more refined than the Gold Field on the Deus, such that it is my go to multiple, single frequency machine for relic hunting now.
Enjoy the pics.
Over the weekend digs. First day(Saturday) I hit a 1890s homesite, it dates 1890s to 1930s, then next day(Sunday) went and hit one of my colonial site that I been hitting for a while.
Script A, war of 1812 button, V-nickel, Sunday school pin, few flat buttons and other goodies.
Script A, war of 1812 button
Sunday School pin
Few flat buttons
Old trigger guard with some rusty iron.
As it is so hot in NZ at the moment to detect, I decided to do a restoration on some relics found last year with the Tarsacci MDT8000. I used paraffin wax for the final coating.
This horse shoe weighed in at 866 grams, or 1.90lbs and that is with it losing some of the rust scale!!!! Circa early 1800s and is a back shoe off a working horse designed for mud and heavy loads. It can be noted there is no "fullering" system (a groove for the nails to bed into) plus the turned heel bit is referred to as calkins or caulks, pronounced corks designed to give the horse more traction, as was the raised bit at the toe. This shoe is minus its toe clip which would have helped keep it in place.
The weight limit of shoes for horses was set by courts to be around 2lbs. Times that by 4 and that would have taken a lot of muscle power to plod through the added misery of mud.....sometimes nearly knee deep in Winter.
Provided is a link for a short read on the evolution of horse shoes.......enjoy! https://dressagetoday.com/horse-health-/history-of-horseshoes-17802
The axe head is circa 1860s and in very bad shape so rather than take too much off which is irreversible, I left it pretty much as found.As far as I know it was a military issue to the British forces here during the NZ land wars. A lot of the problem here is the high mineralisation, fertilisers, animal urine etc that rots relics and destroys history.
So today I decided I'd put my Nox aside and do some detecting with my T2, as much as I love my Nox I am so much more comfortable swinging my T2, I just really like it's design.
I left the little 5" coil on my T2 instead of the usual Mars Tiger I detect with on it as the parkland I was detecting is very trash filled.
I spent about 2 hours digging trash and the weather wasn't the best, showers regularly and I forgot to bring my T2's rain cover so I was being cautious of the weather and had to stand under trees occasionally.
I was getting tired of finding nothing as in the two hours I'd only found an old style 10 cent coin and a collection of junk, one thing looks like a broken bit of a bangle.
I decided to spend another 20 minutes doing it and call it time at midday ready to head home for lunch and it wasn't long after I made that decision I hit a target, it was coming up in the 50's on the VDI's, I don't remember exactly the number as I wasn't expecting anything good as the closest thing in the 50's I like finding is 58 which is the old style 10c coins.
I was surprised how deep it was for how small it was, at least 20cm, it appears to be a military button, from the New Zealand Forces. Oddly it says London on the back of it, and then the writing changes direction and says J R LAO or something, it's very hard to read. In fact I couldn't read any of the back until I took the photo and zoomed in on it. The New Zealand Forces on the front is much easier to read.
I was running the T2 in Discriminate mode, Sensitivity 90, 2+ on the tones and Disc at 40, I had to frequency shift too as there was interference from powerlines, it's the first time I've used frequency shift but it works a treat, I was only able to run sensitivity at 70 until I shifted frequency to F5 then I was able to crank it right up to 90 and have it run stable. I've always found the Mars Tiger to be more stable than the Teknetics coils but it's far too big to use in this trashy park. I have no idea what a military button (if that's what it is) was doing in a rural park.
This ring pull is odd, different to the modern ones. I really thought I had a ring digging that ?
It was a fun morning, The general detecting can be fun, it gives me something to do when I can't go look for gold anyway.
I found all the info on my NZ forces button, it's from 1914-1915, from World War 1.
You can read about it here as they have one in the collection at the Australian War Memorial Museum.
The London on the back is because it was made in London.
The Museum down in Invercargill closed due to its building not being earthquake safe and strict new laws on earthquake code after the big Christchurch earthquake, perhaps once they get that sorted out I'll donate it to them.
A friend of mine is putting an addition on his house, built originally circa 1750s. I spent some time working on the dig pile from the foundation work. I have found very little other than nails. One old drawer knob, and this little item. It is a nice brass item with gold plate...still a little of the gold plate hanging on in spots, so I really don't want to clean it much. The little egg shaped item does spin freely on the post, as does the little skinny thing, which I will call a leaf. That has the most remaining plating on it. So far, searches have brought up nothing similar, but so far the best guess from a friend is a pocket watch fob. Any other ideas?
I think the handle part used to swing freely, and it has a small hole in it, smaller diameter than the iron rust colored part it is touching at this point.
I was using the VGG with super six coil...it really does have awesome audio in a mess of nails.
Thanks for looking.
Any idea what this may be?
It was found at a 130 year old school yard that they are soon going to tear down, though it doesn't necessarily mean its school related.
My first thought was it might be part of a horn? However looking at it further, I don't know if it had the tolerances to be part of an instrument.
The top part swivels in the center, while doing so it lowers the tear drop shaped flap into the tube part, while raising the other two. (One appears to be missing)
It seems like it could be used to count or meter out some objects?