Monday, September 2, 2019

Cheerleader badge and sterling ring at the local school grounds

It was a very pleasant day on Labor Day today, overcast and mid '70's.  I started by going over the playground where the digging is easy due to the 8+" of bark chips and I found several quarters.  The first time I dug there this year was Memorial Day and I found over $7 in quarters!  Today's quarter haul was only $2.25 but I'm happy!

But then I started working around the perimeter of the athletic field very close to the asphalt walkway - staying clear of the actual designated playing areas. And that is where I found the cool items below.

The first interesting find was this large cheer leader pin.  It had 2 pins originally, but one had bent over, and the other broke off.

Then I turned up this nice sterling ring - stamped 925.  It is a size 6.5 and I had to straighten it out a bit, but it came up clean.  I like the feather design!

There were other coins, and I also picked up 3 redeemable water bottles.  In Maine they are worth 5 cents each, so that's more money in the bank.  So total of $1.52 in coin and 15 cents in bottles and a silver ring.  I'm happy with that for an hour or so of hunting.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Gold in the garden and all down hill from there

I spent a pleasant afternoon visiting my friend Polly at her charming home that overlooks a small cove on the coast of Maine.  Her deck has a stunning view and later I went detecting around her property.  In the first 5 minutes I found a 14K gold ring and a bracelet right in the front garden.  My pulse was definitely racing!  After that I worked my way down slope toward the water but found very little else interesting.  

Here's some pictures of the ring with a purple stone:

I'll get it appraised tomorrow because I'm not sure what the stone is. 

I found it on the right edge of her lawn close to the garden:

Right next to it I found this chain bracelet with a pendant that has a gold face with engraved initials.  At first I though it was some kind of stamp, but the letters read correctly when you look at it.  DT?  or DE?  Polly did not recognize either item.  Both this and the ring were just a few inches down.

Here are all today's finds except the bits of roofing lead and the end of a gutter:

The round thing appears to be brass with 2 hinged sections.  It looks vaguely nautical.  If anyone has thoughts on what it is I'd be curious to know.

I have not been out detecting much this year due to bad weather and other commitments.  Now the temperatures are more reasonable, I hope to get out more often.

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!