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A September to Remember

Posted by on December 31, 2013

From dirt to beach, I had some pretty good outings in September 2013. Labor Day followed by a few days at the New Jersey shore offered me some good digging time.

Tombac button front
Tombac button back

Tombac button back

I found a nice tombac button, which dates to the late 1700s. I’m always happy when I break into the 18th Century!

Colonial Button

Colonial Button

Another 18th century button find, this I found in my hometown where there was a sidewalk rip-up construction job going on. Since it was at the oldest part of my town that was a hub of activity, I was lucky to gain permission from the shop owner. This was a VERY challenging dig. Below me was 2 of the town’s water main lines, which were causing my detector to go berserk. But I persevered and managed to find this very old flat button. It takes just one find to make all the hard work worth it!

Eastlake Doorknob Plate

Eastlake Doorknob Plate

I wasn’t sure what this was when I dug it up, but later found out it’s a doorknob plate made by Eastlake. This Victorian Era decorative piece was made in the late 1800s. Pretty, eh?

Bell

Unfortunately, this bell didn’t have the inner hammer, but I still think it’s a cool find.

1955 NJ License Plate

1955 NJ License Plate

Different metal detectors tell you about an object in their own way: pitch and volume of the beep, a VDI number, a ferrous number, a conductive number… some, like my CTX3030, try to give a visual cue as to how solid or junky an object might be. On this particular find, my screen displayed a solid square, and I said aloud, “It’s going to be a plate of some type.” Little did I expect to find a whole license plate!! I still intend to track down the original vehicle and perhaps owner it belonged to.

1936 Ridgefield NJ Dog License

1936 Ridgefield NJ Dog License

 I like finding objects I can date. I also like finding objects I can place. This 1936 Ridgefield, NJ (my hometown) dog license offers me both. I was very happy to find it!

Buffalo Nickel

Buffalo Nickel

And then there are times you just can’t get a date because an object is just too deteriorated, like this Buffalo Nickel I found. Oh well, still a cool find!

Indian Head Pennies

Indian Head Pennies

Indian Head Pennies are my favorite US coins. It’s actually Lady Liberty wearing an Indian headdress. I just think it’s a beautiful designed coin, and not like the garbage today’s zinc pennies are made of. These are a bit crusty, but I’ll take ’em!

Little Skate

Little Skate

I’m not sure what this little skate (about the size of a dime) was used for, but it’s a neat little find.

Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers

Before the days of Transformers, Star Wars, or even GI Joe, kids played with metal toy solders. No moving parts, no flashing lights, no capes… just imagination!

55 Pole Tag

55 Pole Tag

Another ’55, I believe this one once resided on a telephone pole. Did you know? All telephone poles have tags, each with a unique number.

Beach view

Beach view

Rhinestone

Rhinestone

Beach Jewelry

Beach Jewelry

Group Finds

Group Finds

I also tried my luck on the beach. This year the NJ beaches haven’t been that kind to surf hunters. Superstorm Sandy has changed all the rules and has buried many good targets. During a family vacation I got up before anyone else and hit the beach hoping to find some bling. Although I did find some jewelery, none of it was real… and what I mostly found was garbage left over from irresponsible drinkers. The rhinestone was a remarkable find as it was really deep and my detector was still able to alert me with a solid signal. Alas, it was no diamond. The beach is a beautiful place to detect even if the finds aren’t outstanding!

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