Archive | February 2012

New York Excelsior Cuff Button

Found this nice button in a local field that has produced numerous Civil War and colonial relics. I’ve never had any luck cleaning these buttons but this one looks like it has tons of gilt left so I may give it a shot.


2nd Spanish Cob in a Week!

This morning I met up with a new metal detecting buddy, Bill D.  We first hit up the spot where I have pulled out two spectacle buckles and, last weekend, a 1 reale Spanish cob.  Right off the bat today I get a good signal and pull out a SECOND cob!  It’s a really worn 1/2 reale (i’m guessing) but I’ll take it!  I didn’t find much after that except for more furniture tacks and pistol balls but Bill did find another partial spectacle buckle and a bridle rosette.  Next, Bill took me to a spot up the road that he hunted a few years back that dates to the early 1700’s.  It’s an awesome old site that has an evident old house site (house burnt during the Civil War), a really old grave site and it’s on the water.  To top it all off, the original owner was a big deal in Virginia history!  All this adds up to a colonial relic hunter’s dream site and we were able to pull some keepers from it.  I got a few buttons, buckle pieces and some old glass (this stuff was in almost every hole I dug along with brick and oyster shells) and Bill got roughly the same.  Bill did tell me that he cleaned up pretty good the last time he was there and obviously other people have hunted there as well.

Bill is a wealth of knowledge and a really nice guy.  He has really motivated me to find a great colonial site with a trash pit so I can invite him to show me the ropes.

The first two pictures are of the cob I found today and the next two are of the one I found last week.

Spanish Cob in Virginia!!!

I’d never thought I would find any hammered silver never mind Spanish!  This was found on February 17, 2012 at the same site I found the spectacle buckles in King and Queen county.  Of the 500 acres, I’ve narrowed the hot spot to about a half an acre near a spring or small water source.  This area has produced very few buttons but loads of musket and pistol balls.  I’ve also found quite a few pieces of ornate brass or copper, fragments of buckle frames and of course the two 17th century spectacle buckles.  This little area is loaded with iron but with my Teknetics T2 and 5″ coil I was able to navigate through the constant grunting and find a sweet high tone that produced this awesome Cob.

Another Mid 17th Early 18th Century Spectacle Buckle

I found another spectacle buckle at the same site as the last.  This one is complete and I’m super stoked.  It was found in close proximity as the other one so I plan on concentrating on that area.