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Got up to 60 today, one of those insane days where it starts out cold (35) and a warm front comes through. Just coins and relics today, but some firsts.

Of interest is the smallest button I have found yet, I have dug about 100 of them in the last 4 months in this field. It's only 3/8 inch! Third one from the left in the photo. Testament to the Equinox ability to find really small stuff, but the tiny thing next to the wheat penny came in at a strong 18, I have no idea what it is. 3 Tombacs, one is concave and one is the first cast one I have found.

Wheat penny is a 1941. The large bullet is a .45-70 bullet probably fired from an 1873 Springfield "Trapdoor". At first I thought it was Civil war era, but it isn't. I found a .45-70 shell a while back.

I think the item second from left top row is a Schrader valve wrench, I remember them when I was young. You could also use it as a valve stem cap. Small square nut made of copper and a watch crown. It was great to get out in some "decent" February weather!


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The old buttons are really neat.   The cap does look like an older Schafer valve cap.  

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16 minutes ago, CVISChris said:

The old buttons are really neat.   The cap does look like an older Schafer valve cap.  

Thanks! They're the most plentiful object I find here, most are pre-1800. Coins are scarce, but usually interesting. Don't think many people here back then had two nickels to rub together, so that's why I never find two in one day! 😀

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I love that gilt button that simply says "Gilt" on the back.  Those are the absolute earliest of gilt buttons, where it almost seems the lettering was hand scrimshawed into it.   They  just drip with history.  Good show !

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