This piece was found in a load of locally quarried limestone. It weighs 195 grams. A basic water displacement test gives approximately 11.5 g per cubic centimeter. It exhibits clear magnetic and strong paramagnetic qualities. It also has stony material in/on it. Any input would be appreciated.
Hello all! This is my first post here. I’m from eastern PA and I am on my 3rd detector and just love this hobby.
So I have some challenging buttons here, and a couple of other artifacts. It took me a while to take the pictures and get this together.
#1 and 2 I dug on two separate farm sites. #2 is small and was veeeery deep, like 10-11” deep. It has a strange shank that appears to be curled down from the top. I think it’s very old and I want to believe I might see an Eagle in there. You can just make out stars or dots around the edge of it. Badly corroded. I have no idea how to clean these up. I just used an old toothbrush and some water gently, then mineral oil to preserve.
I can’t make out the backmark on #1 but it’s gorgeous - civilian?? Age??
#3 I is not dug and I snagged from an Etsy listing I stumbled on. Backmark reads “Feine Qual”, and there is a little paint remaining in the stripes on the front shield!
4 (broken) and 5-6 are large and small flat buttons from the farm site. 4 has a backmark I can’t make out, this one has brownish rust...
7-8 A musketball and minie ball??? Any ideas as to age??! I’m thinking 1850ish but I’m not an expert!
Thanks for any information on these, and happy hunting!
Yesterday while out testing a new program for my MK, I got a good hit. Seemed fairly deep so I thought it was a large object, after digging to about 12'' I reached the target. And thought to myself man that looks like a musket ball. Back story is, I was hunting within a quarter mile of a place were General Washington was holding up before the battle of Germantown. This place is very close to my house and has a lot of Rev war history. The ball measures anywhere from 0.586 to 0.625 and weighs 17.745 grams. I know some of the early muskets used a ball that was close to that, but that depended on the maker. Any thoughts would be great. Also I found an 18th century lockset on the same property about 5 years ago. Very cool if this is Rev War!!
I found this ring with amber stone while detecting in a park a couple weeks ago. The park was established in the early to mid 1950's, and previously it was a pasture. I certainly don't know when this was dropped but I think it may be old. It was only about 3 inches deep, but other targets in the general area (e.g. bullet casings) indicated that area had not been re-landscaped, likely ever. Sorry for my poor photography -- the red background I chose has polluted the color of the ring.
A friend with a high quality camera shot some photos of the hallmarks, which were actually on the outside surface of the ring -- not where I'm used to finding markings.
Because the ring surface isn't flat, you can see that the middle mark is out of focus, but I think it is simply '925' with the numeral 9 not having been stamped well. I think the left mark is either 'MI' or 'IW'. The rightmost mark is the most interesting. This one is actually upside down in the photo. Again there is a '925' but the other two inscriptions are what I'm especially curious about. Can anyone help with either the 'MI'/'IW' mark or the multi-icon RH mark?