Recently I've been hunting a road construction in Enid. The location was in between the present day Garfield County Courthouse and the U.S. Post Office. The street covered up the 2nd Garfield Co. Courthouse that was destroyed by fire in January 29th, 1931.
I learned one thing about this machine is when you are relic hunting and the signal repeats you had better dig it!... I'm really liking this machine for relic hunting and am in the process of getting more property to hunt. Hope you enjoy!
If you have been reading some of my older posts you probably saw the dragoon button posts from last year and the year before. I haven't been to that spot since last year as the couple of trips were fruitless..
I recently had a chance to hunt a spot that has produced relics from the 1830′s-1860′s. Although I only had about 45 minutes of actual hunting time, I had a plan to use the CTX3030′s Gps feature to take me right to where I wanted to go.
It was 109° when I left the house.. yes I HAVE THE BUG.. Finding military relics really gets me fired up. With the dry conditions here in Oklahoma, going coin hunting in someones yard is out of the question… So I headed back to the crossing that has been really producing some great finds…
I found several shirt buttons, lead, 2 shot sharps bullets, other pieces of lead, and some really old buttons.
I found a couple of pieces of lead that really have me wondering. One is this small piece that is stamped and it looks like some small letters on it..
This piece appears to have letters stamped on it.. ? M A…. the other side looks crosshatched…
Here is the other side of the smashed lead piece.. a pattern is definitely there.
The next lead piece about gave me a start. This piece was folded up and I almost put it in the trash bag. When I started unfolding it I really got excited. It was definitely worked. There is a dotted border on the outside. I am pretty sure it is a likeness of an eagle’s head… I will let you be the judge.. This has been Identified as a Flint holder on a Musket rifle…
This is the second piece that has been made out of lead.. the first was found at the beginning of the year about a 200 yards up river from this crossing at an old homeplace.
I continued digging shirt buttons but noticed they started looking older and more deteriorated. The spot I was at was in some juvenile red cedars and love grass. Most of the targets where under the cedars. First good button was a Dragoon cuff button.
The next button really caused my jaw to drop.. I have only found one of these before and it was in worse shape. This one appears to have a silver shimmer to it, like it was plated(not silver).
U.S General Service coat button Backmark W.P Phila . Only mfg in 1827.
William Pinchin Philadelphia
This particular spot produced several of the older finds and the next was another I haven’t seen in a long time. This small cuff button has been a hard one to identify. I have three similar, but each one is a little different. I have seen references to this buttons similar to this one that date back to 1808 to 1820. However they have letters or insignia’s in the shield. UPDATED… I am getting several Relic Hunters that are telling me this is a Forage Cap button.. Thanks guys for the help…
A spoon was found in the same hole as this button and was actually deeper than the button. It looks like pewter, but not sure.
About 3 foot from this two signal hole I found a plain(I think) flat cuff button. It is breaking down like pewter and has a small hump in the center. The shank is larger than normal and I can’t see a backmark. I do see a mold mark.
Plain flat button no backmark, hump in the center.
Back of pewter flat button. Notice mold lines across the back.
The next find was this US Great coat Button.
I have found several shirt buttons before but this one is different. It actually has a backmark, but I can’t make it out.
If you can ID any of these finds, just leave a comment….
Thanks for Reading
Gonehunting for History
I have been going back over old spots that I have hunted before, still mapping and plotting finds, and I am continuing to find good relics… here are Yesterday’s finds…
Here is a unknown find. About the size of a US nickle. Has the dark green patina that the other finds have…
Small cuff button with no design on the front. Has a reed edge with Scovills Waterbury backmark
Thanks for Looking
Gonehunting for History
I returned to the spot where I left off on the last hunt. I tried to cover more of the large gap left in the previous hunt. I was able to concentrate in one spot and it produced 2 US Great Coat buttons from the 1820′s-1830′s. Cool thing is they are different varieties. One is a flat button, the other is flat but has a crimped back.
I also found a couple of shirt buttons and pieces of lead. Another rarer find for me is a possible Scale from a shoulder board epaulet… Hope you enjoy GfH
After finding the I Eagle the day before, I was ready to get back to see what else the Deus would find my site. I spent a good 2 hours trying to find the exact spot that had produced the Eagle and the “7″. After finally finding the spot I only had about and hour and a half left of good light. I started finding the familiar smashed lead and pieces of low conductive metal that I was looking for.. First target was this very old UMC “Star” shotgun casing.
Immediately after that I received a 75-78, but was faint.. I had dropped off into a creek and was hoping it wasn’t trash..I was shocked to see this tiny cuff button…
This what most of the buttons look like that I find here. I can’t explain the color or patina of them. That is why I was so excited from the previous hunt in finding a button with a some of the original gilt still remaining.
After scanning the sides of the creek I moved back up on the site and got a very thready 58-64 signal. After kicking off the top layer of leaves and dirt, the signal cleaned up to a sold 62.
I started back towards one of my original spots that had produced before I got a high 94-95 and I was thinking Eagle. I couldn’t get the hole dug fast enough. I am almost certain that I found a button just like this last year. I went through my photos and post’s, but couldn’t find it.
The button is flat and the diameter of a US Quarter. There is no apparent backmark and the shank is missing. If anybody recognizes it please comment or email me.
A few feet further I got a 54-58 signal and it was loud so I wasn’t sure it would be worth digging.. glad I did.
I found a whole one of these about 20 yards from this one last fall. Here is what a complete set looks like. (photo from a general google search)
On my return trips I will be concentrating on trying to find more of these.
It started getting dark and I was digging several pieces of lead. Some were smashed flat and I was about to give up, when I got a solid 58. My second Eagle of the day.. I brushed a little of the dirt off of it and saw what I thought might have been a gilt…
This is another variation that I haven’t found.
It is a general service button. After cleaning it I realized it too had some of the remaining gilt.
On this button the photo doesn’t show it, the light tan color is actually gilt and is shiny in the light. I couldn’t get my camera to pick it up.
The backmark is one I hadn’t found before. HORSTMAN NYC.
I am amazed at the finds that are still coming from this site. I am already ready for a return trip.
Thanks for reading and Good Luck…
Gonehunting for History
Garrett Detector front man, Steve Moore and Cameraman Brian McKenzie along with Bart Davis with www.bigboyshobbies.net and I got together this week to film a relic hunting video. Steve brought Garrett’s new ATGold and I eagerly used it to learn a new detector.