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Colonial coin, relics and bottles!

I was graciously granted permission to metal detect at an old historic site in Central Virginia.  There was a large brick house here which was torn down in the late 1800’s and was 200+ feet long which included a center portion of the house and two wing structures. This large house spanned a high ridge […]

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.

Getting Permission to Metal Detect on Private Property

After hours of research, you’ve finally found the perfect spot to relic hunt but aren’t sure how to get permission.  The key is to be direct and courteous and don’t try to be deceptive.  Use common sense when knocking on a door.  Don’t go too early or late and go to the door alone.  I usually knock and step away from the door.  When the home owner answers, I introduce myself and let them know that I am out looking for a great place to metal detect and I think their property would produce some really great relics.  If they say no, I thank them and move on.  If they say yes, I usually don’t ask any more questions unless I’m unsure about the property and would like more info.  When I’m done hunting, I usually just leave unless I want to ask to come back or the homeowner is outside and then I just thank them and move on.  The less of a burden you are the better.