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Found this next to a fence in a local ball field about 8-10" down. It rang in as silver and has no tarnish so I am guessing it is pretty pure. Back has no maker marks and shows a small pebble finish so it was originally sand cast or delft clay. The symmetry isn't perfect so it was hand made or at least the original pattern was. Anyone have any info they may know on this such as approx. age etc?

The jump ring is iron, wild guess is it may had had a leather cord.

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Nice find I would be happy with it however it does not appear to be the real deal  due to the discoloration I'm seeing. The iron ring is not very encouraging as well.  I've found silver items well over 100 years old that are  still marked 925 or they say "sterling"

Of course I hope I'm wrong...and I am wrong most of the time...at least that what my wife tells me :smile:

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It is silver, maybe not 925 but since it was sand cast there might have been some contamination that got on the surface in some areas. Iron jump ring doesn't seem to be plated. No marks doesn't always mean anything, it could have been made from a small maker. Still a cool find since it was right next to a metal fence, probably why others had missed it.

The park I was at has a path that follows the original path that passed through an old farm field. Sometime in the 1940's they turned it into a baseball diamond. Other BB diamonds in the same park vary in age, couple I had picked up an 1877 sitting liberty 2" in the sand and a few 1906 indian heads. Buffalos I pulled from there are in rough shape and very hard to read.

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15 minutes ago, kac said:

it could have been made from a small maker.

That's what I was thinking.  Lots of 'weekend' artisans out there.  I recall when in college (long time ago 😢) one of my dorm-mates was making silver rings.  They were pretty crude but definitely a high grade of silver (with no marks).

I've also found high grade silver jewelry with iron attach rings.  Doesn't make a lot of sense to us detectorists (because we know how bad iron corrodes in the ground).  I guess whoever made it wasn't figuring it would end up buried.  😁

BTW, a good specific gravity test would go a long way to confirming, but that can be difficult to do because the volume (difference between dry weight and submerged weight) is difficult to determine with high accuracy.  You're effectively trying to distinguish s.g. of 10.3 (sterling or coin silver) from s.g. of 8.9 (silver plated copper).

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The park is close by to the landing point of the city I am in, considered the oldest part of the city 1636. I doubt it is that old but there are a few old churches around and it might be from one of them. OR it could be a piece of junk someone lost after picking it up from a flea market hehe.

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5 minutes ago, kac said:

The park is close by to the landing point of the city I am in, considered the oldest part of the city 1636. I doubt it is that old but there are a few old churches around and it might be from one of them.

If Gary Drayton found it on Oak Island he'd be claiming "Templar, baby!"  😁

 

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