Sunday, July 8, 2018

Baffled by what I find detecting the flea market site

July 8, 2018

I continue to be baffled, surprised and amazed at what I find digging around the flea market site that I have now been working for nearly 3 months.  It is terrific practice and I'm learning a lot and grateful to have this resource just 3 miles from my home.

Today I dug up mostly junk, can slaw and bolts, and I almost missed this little coin as it was so thin that I though it was just a washer or copper scrap.  Turns out it's a 1935 George V British West Africa one cent.  They were made from 1912 to 1936. The original coin had the round hole in the center, but another was added.  I have to assume it was dropped by a coin collector seller, but who knows?  Maybe an African visitor had it as a pendant or love token that came off their neck?

Here's what it looked like mint:

And if you got the latest copy (August 2018) of Treasure Hunting Magazine (UK), turn to page 15 to see my story about my first major historical find, and recovering my friends wedding ring.  The editor cleverly captioned the story: "British TV Series Helps Locate American Wedding Ring" since it was the Detectorists TV show that got me started in detecting.  I also blogged about those finds here:
1907 Commemorative Medallion
Recovered a gold wedding ring

Friday, July 6, 2018

buttons, bullet casing, and big paper knife

July 6, 2018

I went out to dig the flea market right before the hot, humid weather broke.  I got home and the temperature and humidity plummeted and cool wind picked up!  But it was hot and muggy while I dug around under the tables in one section where the dirt under them is sandy and easy to dig.

The biggest item is the huge 5oz item that I think might be a letter opener.  I polished it up with tripoli on a buffing wheel to bring out the shine.

And a rather large shell casing "SUPER-X 30 REM" will be dropped off to the local sheriff's department next week.

This vintage keyhole appears to be brass, but I couldn't get it clean.

The buttons are the most interesting finds for today.  I can't find any reference to this particular button made by Scovill Mfg. Co. Waterbury (Connecticut).  It says "B&B. S Co." on the front.  It is in near mint condition.

Next is a button from a Toledo Police department uniform.  "Superior quality" on the back - is a bit presumptuous.

 And finally this small "Junior Div" N.R.A badge did not clean up as well, but it's in pretty good shape.  

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Minié ball, silver beads, mid 1800's gold plated cuff link and more

July 5, 2018
For my readers "from away", I want to remind you that I am in Maine, USA, near the coast.  Today it is over 90F as I write this and very humid.  I got out early to detect on one of the shady spots on the nearby flea market site that I have been digging since mid April.  I am finally getting tired of working this site and I'm reaching out to the local town land trusts to see if I can get permission to detect on historic sites.  I always offer to donate important relics to the historical museums and remind them that I leave the property as I found it.

I found quite a range of items just under the shade of a few big trees.  Maybe 800 square feet in area total.

That big piece of fishing gear  was a surprise and one of the reasons I ALWAYS wear heavy gardening gloves.  Below that are pieces of lead and a Civil War era(?) lead minié ball.

I found a cluster of chunky silver beads that will go in my silver recovery bin.

A cold plated cuff link.  I seem to find a lot of cuff links at this site, mostly from the early 1900s I guess.  But this one says: "PATD NOV. 29 1861" on the back part so it probably dates to the late 1800's.

A rusted out Bulova ladies watch.
I found 2 identical tags.  I can't find any reference to the "A.T. & M. CO." on the web and it is odd that they both have the same 344 number on them.

Yet another key to add to my collection.  This one is from New Rochelle, NY.  I have keys from Chicago and NYC as well, plus several old skeleton keys.

 The interesting find is a bus token from Lewiston Auburn Transit bus token from around 1949.  L-A is about 30 miles from me.  I think it is brass plated aluminum.

I have found a number of Civil War era musket balls and minié balls and this 2-ring  example appears to have been carved or re-shaped.

For a quick 1 hour hunt, I found quite a pleasing variety this morning.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Square Borneo 1 cent and musket balls

July 1, 2018
The weather here in Maine has turned oppressively humid and while it is "only" in the 80's, it is really unpleasant.  Nonetheless I soldiered on and hunted the Flea Market after it had closed.  I decided to "use the force" and just wander around "feeling" where to detect.  Normally I'm very organized and work a linear path or well reasoned plan like focusing on under the tables.  Today I found some different items.
That's a large rifle casing!  The item on the right is used to support power wires under the tensioned guy wire.  A few other bits and bobs, and a dollar or so in coins (not shown).

Also a couple of musket balls.  I have found both round ones and "bullet" shaped minie balls.  I'm beginning to think that this site was used for mustering troops before they headed south.  It's near train tracks and I have also found a lot of Civil War buttons.

I have not seen a square coin quite like this.  It's a 1 cent piece from Malaya and British Borneo 1956 with QEII on the obverse.  It's in pretty bad shape and not worth anything as they minted  5 million of them.  I just have to wonder how it got here!

This brass badge says "M.HOHNER." on the front, and "CHECKOSLOVAKIA" on the back and is missing the pin.  Clearly it represents a harmonica.

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