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  1. if anyone has ideas, i would appreciate your knowledge or guesses. I am pretty sure it isnt plated, but it doesnt ID like a sterling ring would on my detector. Thanks for your help
  2. Hiyas...I recently dug a part of a pewter flatware. I have never seen a makers mark or other identifying mark on flatware that I have dug before. Putting it under my scope, and fooling around a lot with lighting directions, this is about the best it is going to get. Any one have access to pewter manufacturer information? I am stumped so far. The bottom is METAL, the top left looks like a B or S to me, and the right side I believe is NTA
  3. Lol, Steve ! The issue here in PA is...if you wait for it to get warm, it will get warm, but rain or be 100% humidity. If you wait for the ground to dry out, you will get a drought. If you wait for cooler weather, it drops to 0. So, if you think the detector wont break...you just have to go when you can. I have had the VGG out surrounded by a zipped plastic bag multiple times already due to rain....the advantage there is no reason whatsoever to look at it since there is no screen.
  4. Bryan, I'm a bit impatient....so I got out my dremel tool and the softest wire brush I had for it...sure shined up the practice nickels....gonna take more practice, though, lol...
  5. Since Steve is looking for more pictures... I did get out Saturday afternoon. Temps said 30 deg, so figured it was a good day to see how my Vista Gold Gain likes colder weather. I have been addicted to using it since trading for it in August, in any site that is not too infested with modern aluminum. The part of the field I was hunting is usually very wet, and hence, freezes very solid...its kind of like frozen mud...once you disturb it...gets messy. The frozen solid layer 2 weeks ago was only about 2 inches...Saturday it was about 5 inches. A brief plug for anyone looking for a new shovel. I have had my Lesche 38 ground shark d-handle for more than 3 years now. It is indestructible. It was taking 3 or 4 jumps per cut to get through the ice layer...then I basically pried using my weight to get the plug up. The targets were mostly below the frozen stuff, so actually pinpointing and retrieving targets once the plug was out...pretty easy. This spot produces its share of buttons...didnt disappoint this time, either. VGG just nails the small stuff as easily as the larger items. The oval is a cufflink, it has a running fox on it...ozzie and I have both gotten multiple of these at this spot now, and I have multiples of the other ladies buttons from other hunts there as well. The object just to the left of the spoon....It is a cast item, as it has a seam. It is a decorative item, as it has two flowers on it. I will post other pictures if I can manage to get it cleaned up any better. Temps have been so low the last 4 days...no shot at detecting now unless it warms up for a week or two...i shall hope.
  6. Steve, as one of the folks who is in frozen land at this time.... Run the contests whenever you wish. Its your stuff. If I can't be happy for some other lady/gent who had a cool find...sad day indeed.
  7. Bryan, Nice work on the Vs. I love finding them. What are you using to get rid of the red?
  8. An app I use is Evernote...it lets me put as many spreadsheets, pictures, etc into it from PC, tablet, phone, anything...then have access to it on any of the others, even offline without signal, as long as I have synched it prior to losing service. There are payment choices for it, but the standard free version handles anything you would need.
  9. There is a beach volleyball court near my place. About a month ago, on my way home from another site, it was empty. I had my super six coil on at the time, so I did a walk through the court...not being overly slow or thorough, but more trying to get a feel for the ground balance, how high I could have gain and sensitivity, etc. Found the standard couple coins, but did get two stud earrings. One silver stud with CZ, the other just plated with glass. Not bad, I thought. Here is pic for size. Then, last week, I was going past it again, this time with VGG again, but with the stock 11" pitbull coil. I decided to run it again, and go slower, and listen for deeper items, because it has multiple layers of deep sand. I was thinking deep coins. the only notable item I got was this stone with small setting. Tone was clean and strong. It was only 3 or 4 inches down, but pretty cool. Basically told me unless I am concerned with too many targets under the coil at one time, no reason to take the larger coil off.
  10. both sides do have depth to them...no side is flat.
  11. VGG is a Deeptech Vista Gold Gain. It is the new 30khz version of the Vista Gold. I never had the Gold, but I really love the audio this thing has. I have dug more iron relics in the past few weeks since owning it, on purpose, because it is so easy to tell a large iron item in the ground vs a nail, etc.
  12. Howdy folks, 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.
  13. First, I would recommend a relationship with the coin or jewelry dealer. Buy something from them. Sell them some stuff. Mine knows I will be in to trade silver and gold jewelry I find for coins or bullion, so I get fair deals on things both ways. We are at the point where she expects to see some of my more interesting finds, and she also knows what types of things I am looking for, and sets them aside for me to look at. My 1, 2.5, 5, and 10 dollar gold coins for testing my detectors have all been purchased or traded for with her...some are in PCGS holders, some are damaged or were jewelry...but we are both making out well with our transactions now. There are a bunch of coin/jewelry dealers in my area I trust about as far as I can throw them, and it took a while to find this one...so have patience. An impatient person will never get value, imo. Good luck.
  14. Folks. I have plenty of hours on MMK now, but have a beach vacation coming up shortly. For those of you who have put time in on the salt water wet sand and shallow water, can you give settings with experiences? freq, mode(if not beach) etc.
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