Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gold plated JFK charm pendant dug up at the Flea Market

This is just a quick post.  I found this beautiful gold plated JFK charm pendant at the Flea Market.  It was a thrill to see gold in the hole!  The other finds were junk and clad coins, mostly rotted Lincoln pennies.  But this pendant is such a beauty that I had to share it!  I found one for sale on eBay for $10, but this one's a keeper for me!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sterling pin and Boy Scout badge+bolo dug at the Flea Market

We had nearly 2" of rain overnight recently and the soggy ground is great for detecting - the higher soil conductivity gives better readings from the metal detector.  So I went over to my favorite haunt - the Flea Market site to see what I could find.  I have gone over the whole site at least 3 times, but I keep finding more interesting items.  Most are less than 2-3" down.

I found 2 Boy Scout items, a bolo and a pin:


Then I got this nice sterling brooch:

And a Christian pendant.  One booth seems to specialize in Christian items and I have found a lot of pendants and bookmarks etc.


The was also a rusted pen knife that was gold plated, a lot of junk, clad coins etc.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Digging with a new detectorist friend

I met Bill today to go detecting in town.  He had called and introduced himself a while back and this is the first time we have detected together.  He has decades of experience and many amazing finds!  We started digging an abandoned road but the weeds were pretty thick, the ground boggy and the finds not good.  So we moved on to the local historical society property which is housed in a 1800s farm house.  It was hot enough that we started in the shade.  The finds were not great, but it was a pleasant day for detecting.

My best find was the ox shoe.  My first and it is a big one!

But I also like the KENT pen knife with the horn/antler sides.

Also got a brass buckle. I'm not sure if it is modern though.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

1700's house in Boothbay yields brass buckle

I got permission to dig a 1700's house in Boothbay, Maine today.  It was a pleasant day for detecting with temperatures in the low 80's and light breezes keeping the bugs at bay.  I was hoping to find more relics, but after 2 hours the best I got was an iron ring that was possibly a piece of horse tack and part of a brass shoe(?) buckle.  $1.27 in modern change was found in the front yard where the family plays.  I'm not showing the trash - scraps of metal and bike parts etc.  The spigot handle was found way out in the lawn which was odd.  They have lived there over 25 years and it is a much loved home and property with deep history.  I'm planning on going back to see what else I can recover.

. . . After cleaning I discovered one of those pennies was a 1944 wheat, another one for my collection.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What I didn't find at Popham beach

I got a call from a very anxious guy who had lost his car keys at Popham beach when his beach tent blew over.  The park rangers had given him my card and I told him I could be there in half an hour.  As I drove down I got caught behind several school busses and then construction that added 10 minutes to the drive.  When I checked in with the rangers at the gate, they said he had just found the keys!  So I paid my $6 admission and figured I would do a bit of detecting.  I met the guy and he offered to compensate me (I charge $25 to come out and $25/hour)  He had $15 cash in his wallet which I gratefully accepted.  If not for slow traffic I might have been a hero!

It was a lovely warm breezy day, so I spent 45 minutes detecting and found 2 shiny coins and a bracelet, so it was not a total loss!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

It's down to pennies and hardware at the playground

My second day digging the local school playground and I got mostly pennies and a lot of discarded stainless steel hardware - presumably from old playground equipment.  

I had a group of young 3 to 5 year-olds "helping me" as I dug and I let them keep a penny "treasure" each.  They were all so delightfully eager and one boy pronounced me a "Good Man" to his mom!  Cute!  They were very respectful of the equipment and understood how it worked very quickly as I took off my 'phones so they could hear the bleeps.  One girl got a surface find quarter right under the swings!

I guess I have almost played out the area and will now start ranging out into the long grass and walkways abutting the playing fields.  Obviously, I do not have permission to dig the athletic field areas.  I do however, pick up trash anywhere I see it.  The locals are pretty good about not leaving trash, but the kids . . . not so much.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Cash bonanza at the school playground

Last year I obtained permission to metal detect on my small town's school property - but NOT the playing fields.  I did explore one small playground, but did not find much.  Today (Memorial Day) was one of the rare warm sunny days we have had this year so I went back to explore the much larger playground on the other side of the building.  I spent about 2 hours just in the playground. 

What a difference!  I found $6.14 in coins, including 16 quarters and a dollar coin!  I have never found that many coins in one place before, and I'm sure there's more to be found.  The whole area is covered in wood chips to a depth of over 8" in most places, and many of the coins were down deep.
Below the surface the chips got wetter, and the deeper I dug the more moldy the chips.  Many coins were near the surface and fresh, but others were so far down that I had to use my trowel to break up the compressed chips.

There were a couple of interesting finds like this token for "Gatti's GREAT FOOD - GREAT FUN" with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - LIBERTY" on the back.  

And this "Oliver Vending Game Token" that says: "NO CASH VALUE" on the back:

And a pretty pendant that I'm sure some child missed for a day or so:

I cleaned all the coins up in my rock tumbler with white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt.  Pennies and tokens in one batch for 2 hours and the dimes/nickels/quarters for 4 hours.  Some were really stained from the wood chips, but not badly corroded as they would have been in dirt.  They all came out quite clean.