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1851 Goodyear buttons, spoons, and other artifacts from amongst the stones
Posted by: GKMan
Date: November 06, 2013 03:01PM
It was right around freezing yesterday morning when I went out detecting. This site is in Ulster county New York at the site of an old farm. The farm is long gone with the only remains being extensive stonework throughout the area.
Some nice finds in the past at this location have kept be coming back, these finds included large cents, Indian Heads, buttons, and a gunpowder flask.
Yesterday I was struck with the first find being the best find syndrome, and this occurred at only a couple minutes into the hunt with a large cent being recovered a Matron Head date unreadable. I spent the next couple of hours rechecking spots I had last time I was there, but the difference was that the weeds and grass was a lot easier to get through since they are mostly very brittle now. This didnt prove very productive, since I guess I did a fairly good job detecting the area last time. What I did do though was spend some more time detecting the stone walls in the area. This proved fruitful, and I found the neat bell, stainless I guess and a spoon, both deep inside the wall.

The last time at this site I was with another detectorist and we had discussed digging out the privy. Yesterday I felt like I needed a break from swinging and started removing the stones out of the privy. I was quickly rewarded with two 1851 IRC Co. Goodyear buttons in fantastic shape, what a really cool find! I am nowhere near the bottom of the privy so I am not sure how they ended up closer to the surface but I cant wait to get back to dig out more.
From my research and what a buttonologist sent me the buttons date from between 1851 and 1872 and are worth about 15 a piece, not that I plan on parting with them for that amount.
Amazing that they could have been outside and ended up still looking this good after a hundred




Gary
Dutchess County New York
I love The Game of Tones....
https://www.youtube.com/user/gkillmer
Present: CTX 3030, Detectorpro Uniprobe
Past: Minelab E-Trac, Explorer II, Sovereign
Oldest US Coin: 1793 Liberty Cap Cent
Story here http://goo.gl/1GR9cR

Oldest Silver: 1776 1/2 Reale
Story here http://goo.gl/KaY13f
Oldest US Silver 1851 Half Dime

Oldest Coin: 169? King William 1/2 penny
Story here http://goo.gl/xKjtrQ

Oldest Find: 3500 to 5000 year old Copper Adz
Story here http://goo.gl/Xr6qIM


Re: 1851 Goodyear buttons, spoons, and other artifacts from amongst the stones
Posted by: chuckciao
Date: November 06, 2013 05:05PM
Great Historical Finds! Could the object in the upper right hand corner be a rusted Jews Harp?
HH
Chuck

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Re: 1851 Goodyear buttons, spoons, and other artifacts from amongst the stones
Posted by: GKMan
Date: November 06, 2013 06:17PM
Thanks, I was thinking the same thing Chuck...



Gary
Dutchess County New York
I love The Game of Tones....
https://www.youtube.com/user/gkillmer
Present: CTX 3030, Detectorpro Uniprobe
Past: Minelab E-Trac, Explorer II, Sovereign
Oldest US Coin: 1793 Liberty Cap Cent
Story here http://goo.gl/1GR9cR

Oldest Silver: 1776 1/2 Reale
Story here http://goo.gl/KaY13f
Oldest US Silver 1851 Half Dime

Oldest Coin: 169? King William 1/2 penny
Story here http://goo.gl/xKjtrQ

Oldest Find: 3500 to 5000 year old Copper Adz
Story here http://goo.gl/Xr6qIM

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Re: 1851 Goodyear buttons, spoons, and other artifacts from amongst the stones
Posted by: JamesM
Date: November 07, 2013 12:22AM
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chuckciao
Great Historical Finds! Could the object in the upper right hand corner be a rusted Jews Harp?
HH
Chuck
Sure looks like one...I remember my grandpa trying to teach me how to play one those darn thing over 50 years ago. I didn't bite down on it hard enough, and it felt like somebody whacked me in the teeth with a hammer. Great memories....

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Re: 1851 Goodyear buttons, spoons, and other artifacts from amongst the stones
Posted by: GKMan
Date: November 07, 2013 04:26AM
Ouch



Gary
Dutchess County New York
I love The Game of Tones....
https://www.youtube.com/user/gkillmer
Present: CTX 3030, Detectorpro Uniprobe
Past: Minelab E-Trac, Explorer II, Sovereign
Oldest US Coin: 1793 Liberty Cap Cent
Story here http://goo.gl/1GR9cR

Oldest Silver: 1776 1/2 Reale
Story here http://goo.gl/KaY13f
Oldest US Silver 1851 Half Dime

Oldest Coin: 169? King William 1/2 penny
Story here http://goo.gl/xKjtrQ

Oldest Find: 3500 to 5000 year old Copper Adz
Story here http://goo.gl/Xr6qIM

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