Well it's a new year. 2013 was a slow year for me. I didn't get to cover the ground like I did in the past. I am hoping to change that this year. The last day of 2013 I hunted in Ardmore, Oklahoma with the XP Deus and found several wheats, a few relics, and one last silver, a 1934 Washington quarter.
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….
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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
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Gonehunting for History
Not getting enough hunting in Saturday, I headed back out again to try to cover some small missed spots from the prior hunts. Having only about an 1hour and a 1/2, I wasn’t moving much and spent more time on the small sounding signals..
Here is some of the more unusual finds..
Here is a second found about a foot from the other
I also found two Ringtail (sharps). Been a while since I found one of those…
I did find one of the best conditioned 4 hole shirt buttons I have seen. It was still shiny. It was 7-8 inches down in red clay.. Might explain the condition. Although this isn’t a great find by most standards it just sticks out, by the shape it is in.
mic’d at .68
Although I did find a Eagle D cuff button and two Great Coat cuff buttons, they were in poor shape and a closeup pic really didn’t show much..
Here is all of the Glass and brick with a ceramic?? coating found at this site….
Thanks for reading.. Hope you enjoy…