This weekend, two of my Bigboyshobbies customers came down from Missouri to get a little hands on help with their new Minelab CTX3030's. The first part of the morning we worked on swing speed, griding, and target sizing. I have to say the younger of the two was on fire.
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
I have been wanting to take the Deus out for a relic hunt at my spot where I have found several relics from the 1820′s to 1850′s. The thought of getting a bad case of poison ivy/oak, has kept me away. I got a homeopathic remedy from the local pharmacy I hope it’s working like they said..
So with my system full of poison ivy kryptonite I grabbed the Deus and headed to one of my hot spots. I was focusing on low 70′s and up. First couple of signals were camp lead and round balls. Nothing exciting. So I moved on and came to a spot where I found several other buttons. Immediately I started getting low tones in the 30′s to 40′s. Not really something I would dig.(I will later come to regret it)
Finally, I got a higher 85-89. As soon as the plug was dug I saw the familiar round shape of a button. The shank was missing.
W.H. HORSTMANN & SONS PHI
After finding the button I stayed in the immediate area and continued scanning.. I got this very repeatable signal at around 34-40. Sounding close to the surface I thought what the heck.. I dug the plug, and scanned and couldn’t find it. I rescanned around where it was at only to find that it had been kicked when I cleaned the top layer of soil before digging.. And this nice number “7″ showed..
Possibly from the 7th Infantry stationed at Fort Washita several miles to the northwest.
Fort Washita lies several miles to the North and West of this crossing so it is possible that this 7 is from the 7th Infantry stationed there from the 1820′s to 1850′s.
On a separate hunt I also found the letter “I” that could have also been from that same Company
After finding that I was kicking myself for not digging all of the 30-40′s signals that I had passed over. Continuing around the small area I found a very large rim fired shell casing. There isn’t a letter or anything to identify the maker.
After I found the casing, I remembered a larger high signal that I hadn’t been able to dig do to the smaller shovel that I used on prior trips.. Being only a few yards away I headed for it and dug down to the signal.. I have no idea what it is.. It appears to be a neck to something with a possible cork or something white in the end..
Remembering the other 30-40 tones I backtracked and rescanned and immediately found this second what’s it.
I thought it might have been a scabbard tip, but looks to small…
My 3rd what’s it was a larger high tone. I know its probably iron that was falsing. I still have no idea what it is, but thought someone might recognize it.
It wasn’t a stellar day, but the button and the company/regiment number 7 was well worth the trip.
If you have any ideas on the what’s it’s, drop me a line or post in the comments….
Emmit and I went to the place where I found the Walker yesterday on Silver Road. Emmit made a heck of a find. Don’t want to disclose it and steal his thunder but wow!
We had been there about thirty minutes when the first good target showed up for me. It came in at 10-35 to an 11-38????
I’m thinking wheatie or copper penny. But…..
I checked it out of the hole and hit 12-47 solid. Haven’t figured that one out.
Went further down the sidewalk and found a 1953 jefferson nickel. The signal jumped around 18-13, 04-12, and 19-10. That screamed nickel.. Notice how the second number in the signal stays close to 12.
Then right next to a new electric pole I got a 10-30 number not sure so I dug and at 3 inches this military button showed up. The back has “Superior Quality” printed on it.
We weren’t finding much there so we moved to a different road(still thinking of a name to call it)
Found a bunch of clad, including several nickels. But the find of the day came next. At 3 inches I got a solid 10-34 signal. Well I have to say this is one of the nicer ones I have ever found.
I did find two more wheats a 46D and 58D. I also found a neat key. Can’t remember finding one with this much writing on it or with a location.
All in all. SR and this new road is producing good targets!