I haven't taken the XP Deus out in almost a year and I was really wanting a change of pace. It only took me a few minutes of swinging it in my target garden and I was ready to go. A slightly modified Deus Fast with version 2.0 software.
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...
I've had about all I can stand of not getting to go on a relic hunt. It was to the point, that the 105 degree heat wasn't even a deterrent. I have been researching a stage line, supply line, and town access crossing on a large creek that is in my county. The walk was about a mile, which isn't that far but the briars, switch cane, and down trees made traveling hard. I did dodge a small group of hogs, oh and the snakes.
I can't tell you how long I have wanted this machine.. Specifically for relic field hunting. I love my other detectors, but this is one that I wanted use in the plowed fields near some of my relic spots. One in particular has been hard hit for over 50 years now.
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!
Not expanding your detecting area is like a Chemist with no diseases to cure.. For the last several months I have not hunted that much do to the fact of covering everything in my area. After a while, you get in a rut and you will get rusty.. well at least my shovel did..
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..
Today I returned. I have several key spots from the last year that has really produced quite a few buttons for Oklahoma. My first couple of targets were 2 of the 10-four hole shirt buttons found today.
One hole in particular that I dug, had the 4 hole undergarment button, a small rusty buckle, and the first Eagle cuff button of the day.
I stayed on a creek bank and worked my way north and kept finding the 4 holed shirt buttons. One spot in particular, the grapevine branches were running along the ground and I actually got a mid to high 60′s signal just below them. When I first started digging it, I had no idea of what was about to show. This is a first for me. A US rosette. It is the size of a US Half Dollar. Probably off of some horse tack or leather works.
Not finding anymore smaller military relics, I headed to an adjacent spot. The first target I dug, was this partially gilted Star button. I asked a button expert and he advised this was a Golden Age button common to the 1830′s. Which happens to be the time frame for this particular site.
The backmark is almost unreadable, the only thing I can make out is “E?TR” EXTRA? Unknown maker.
Immediately next to this button was another cuff button. The shank was missing. It has a backmark, but I am unable to tell what it says.
I continued on down a animal trail finding small pieces of lead, including several large caliber round balls and a few pistol rounds. The final target of the day was one more Eagle button. This is also a cuff button. “I” Infantry Eagle.
Thanks for Reading
Gonehunting for History
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
Tuesday we headed to eastern Oklahoma to meet up with a new friend and to detect a military road that dated well before the Civil War..
We found quite a bit of lead. I did manage a scabbard tip and a lol Merry Widows lid.