Went with buddy SilverFiend to a new town in hopes of gaining new spots for the year. We stopped at a larger home place from around 1896. From the get go we were having problems with large iron in the ground...
With the rain, my cabin fever was too much. The first day I was hunting between storm banks. These are spots that I have hunted and re-hunted. I had cleaned out almost every high tone and was concentrating on the lower tones...
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