By Gerry in Idaho
What's one of the oddest digs you recovered in 2018 that's not a coin/ring? Something unique that's not found often? I've yet to identify this, so if you know or of a site or someone that does, please share. Made of brass and seems to be a child (boy) reaching around a bucket and grabbing a pig. Also be sure to post your most unique find of 2018.
By Mark Gillespie
In recent months I've had the great opportunity to meet many new relic hunters. No young guys all between 50-70 years of age and very avid hunters. Conversations from modern day sites to colonial and everything in between. Being very curious, at some point I ask, what detecting forum do you belong to? Answer 100% of the time has been, none. Thinking, how can it be 100% no. So it got me to thinking, just how much history has been recovered with no record, other than their own experience. One guy even stated he would not post his finds, even if he belonged to a forum because he was afraid someone might see and follow him to his private hunting site. Now that make sense. Just sharing my thoughts and encounters.
By Gerry in Idaho
Lunk and I were in Nevada last week training customers on their gold machines and when the class was over, I invited him to an old site I like to swing by...before heading home.
This Buick plate is really cool and I still can't believe he did not hit it with his shovel.
If anyone knows the history or or the approx date of the plate, please let me know. The porcelain one I dug a few years ago has the exact same script design, but I think Lunk's is older? Please share you knowledge of these finds with your friends, car nuts and or clubs to help us.
If you have found anything like it, please post pics as I enjoy seeing old brass plates.
BTW, Lunk is so cool he handed the plate to me and said "Thanks for the invite".
Apologies if this is a repeat for some, but it occurred to me that posting this on the Equinox forum wasn't really the best place for a relic hunt 🙄
Tom and I were able to get out and check out a remote site that we researched in the spring. Research indicated that it predated the gold rush by at least 20 years, but apparently it was a gold rush era camp, as everything that we dug was pure 1850's. There weren't a ton of targets there, but everything you dug was old, not a single pull-tab, no clad, interestingly no bullets or shell casings either (hip hip hooray for that!!!), nothing dug by either of us was newer than the 1850's.
The first bucket lister was a cast tongue and grove eagle buckle! I dug the male part, and five feet away I dug the female part. Somehow, I lost the female part 😞 The female buckle shown above it in the group shot is smaller, and was broken in two parts, and dug in two digs, but they fit together perfectly so they must go together. Also dug a broken tongue, so must be another eagle to match it out there, and below that is a thin female buckle part that's all mangled up. Hopefully I can find the buckle half that I lost, should be on the surface.
My second bucket lister was a decorative powder flask (one side only), also shown is a pewter spoon (pretty rare to find these in California):
This early Eagle on an Anchor Navy button was all crudded up, but I could see a glint of gold gilt left, so I used lemon juice to clean it, and am very happy with the results!
This a sword hilt!! Cleaned up nicely with lemon juice (tu)
Little sash buckle kind of decorative item:
Found this token, it's a large size, thought it was a large cent when first dug, but it turns out to be considered the first token issued in California!
Some misc finds. There were a ton of tools dug at this site, axe heads, chisels, and other misc tools. I dug a bunch of lead and other small scrap/junk conductors not shown. That big square nail is bronze.
Planning to return to the site this weekend, and I believe there are other camps there, and larger than this one, so hopefully we have as good of luck with them as this one.