I got out for a couple of short hunts today.
This morning I met my buddy LEROY247 for a brief field hunt on an old homestead and Civil War skirmish site. We were both hoping to find a little bit of old silver … but it was not to be. We each found a couple of flat buttons, though. You can see in the pic below that my big one still has some gilt on it! It is marked “Silvester Birmingham.” I did a little online research and found that there was, indeed a gentleman named Silvester who owned a button company in Birmingham, England, which he sold around 1850 to emigrate to Australia. The other is a tiny oval-shaped button, evidently from a ladies’ garment. It was very difficult to locate.
My coolest find this morning was the fired pistol ball (not sure of the caliber). I also found a knapsack rivet, a brass spoon bowl, and a couple of pieces of buckshot.
This afternoon I returned to the church site where I’ve been digging the last few afternoons. I dug 13 coins total, including three wheat pennies and a 1943-P War Nickel … MY 150TH SILVER COIN!!!
It was an awesome detecting day!