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A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 18, 2017 12:07PM
I was busy Saturday with chores and it was our anniversary, but I manged to get 30 minutes of detecting in at dark on a new spot I've been digging Civil War relics out of. I headed straight to grown up fence line and my first signal was iffy, like a deep bullet right in the thick brush. I'm under there on my hands and knees hoping for a bullet and out pops a complete US spur! I couldn't believe it didn't make more of a high tone but I sure was excited! I took a few pics of it in the dark and hunted a little bit longer digging trash and then lucked up on a New York Militia button. It's smashed and crusty but a cool find. I got home and handed the spur to my wife and told her I got her something nice for our anniversary. She loved it but I don't think that's what she had in mind for a gift. It's a model 1859 plain and it appears that someone started to carve their initials into the side.

The next morning my wife said I should go back to that spot and she would go with me to finish her Christmas shopping on her phone while sitting in the truck. Man I've got the best wife ever! We stopped for breakfast and coffee to go and away we went. It was a cold and rainy morning and she just laughed at the crazy fool for a husband to be out digging in this mess. I got to hunting and started things off with a nice Williams cleaner and then an Infantry Eagle button. As I would find a relic I would walk over to the truck and put it on the console for her to check out. I didn't dig anything but trash for a long time and I was digging anything that made a signal that I could pinpoint on. I worked my way over to a tree and got a great high tone that was a beer can down under the roots. I moved over beside that hole and got another nice tone and was in shock when I saw the S and knew I had half of a US plate and my first one! I ran over to the truck and couldn't get the words out fast enough. She was as excited as I was, or pretty close to it. I took a bunch of pics and sent texts out to some buddies. I finally pulled myself back together and continued on, but kept replaying that moment over and over. It slowed way down again as I dug pull tab after pull tab and tons of other great sounding garbage. By now my finds pouch was filled with trash and I was thinking it was time to head out. I figured I would give it another hour but then I found a nice dimpled base Sharps and then a smashed 3 ringer. I worked my way back to the area that I've made most the finds and just slowed down even more. I got another nice Eagle button and then a nice 3 ringer. I found myself back close to the tree where I got the buckle half. About 12' away from that spot I had another nice tone and dug a nice big plug. As I was scooping dirt out I saw what I thought was a glimpse of the little "puppy paw" on the back of a buckle. I immediately jumped up took my headphones off and widened the hole way out so I wouldn't risk hitting what ever was in this hole. I go back in by hand, I feel something to grab a hold of and I pull out a rusty old horseshoe. I just laughed about how my mind was playing tricks on me and that from the shape of the horseshoe and having very little discrimination on the Etrac it must have falsed in as a high tone. I hung the shoe on the side of my pouch and covered the hole back up nice and neat. I stood up and rechecked the hole and there was that high tone still screaming at me. In an instant I'm pulling the plug back up, scooping dirt out as fast as I can and sure enough I pull up a beautiful complete US belt buckle! I dropped it like I was just electrocuted, quickly ran over to the truck and by then I was just grunting and pointing like a caveman but some how she knew to come over and check out what I had just discovered. She was in as much disbelief as me and thought I was messing with her. It's a humbling experience to see these relics come out of the ground, especially one that was so personal to a soldier. A belt buckle that had a soldier's hands on it many times. It makes you stop and wonder how it ended up there and what happened to the man that wore it. Well after that I was pretty much done on concentrating on anything else. I don't think I could have ended the hunt on a higher note. This hunt is probably the most special one I've had with just the Civil War history I was able to save but even more to share the experience with my wife. HH-David








Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: diggervance
Date: December 18, 2017 12:36PM
Dave,

WOW you have had an outstanding year, I am so happy for you and the great finds you have made. BRAVO

DV

Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: cz70pro
Date: December 18, 2017 04:25PM
OMG Dave! Talk about the ultimate Christmas gifts! I can't even finds the words to adequately congratulate you with. What incredible finds to recover! I am still waiting to find my first buckle or plate so I 'know exactly how you must have felt finally finding one. I love how the E-Trac high tones on large iron but I think something as massive as that buckle would have rang through the iron. Big iron high tones are one of my favorite features when hunting in an open screen.

That buckle looks to be in excellent shape. All the paws intact? Finding an intact spur is pretty awesome all in itself but to find two buckles as well is incredible. Looks like you are onto a nice virgin honey hole. Very happy for you and can't wait to see what else you pull out of there.

Greg

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 18, 2017 10:45PM
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diggervance
Dave,

WOW you have had an outstanding year, I am so happy for you and the great finds you have made. BRAVO

DV

Thanks DV! I've been pretty lucky here lately!

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 18, 2017 10:59PM
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cz70pro
OMG Dave! Talk about the ultimate Christmas gifts! I can't even finds the words to adequately congratulate you with. What incredible finds to recover! I am still waiting to find my first buckle or plate so I 'know exactly how you must have felt finally finding one. I love how the E-Trac high tones on large iron but I think something as massive as that buckle would have rang through the iron. Big iron high tones are one of my favorite features when hunting in an open screen.

That buckle looks to be in excellent shape. All the paws intact? Finding an intact spur is pretty awesome all in itself but to find two buckles as well is incredible. Looks like you are onto a nice virgin honey hole. Very happy for you and can't wait to see what else you pull out of there.

Greg

Thanks Greg! Yeah it seems the big iron that reads high is usually something neat. And it's pretty exciting to find the complete spur and then two buckles is crazy. The full one is perfect with both puppy paw attachments and the hook. The half one has both the puppy paws as well.

Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: diggervance
Date: December 19, 2017 05:49AM
Hey Dave,

What state do you live in.

I have been lucky enough to get a couple of civil war finds here in Michigan but nothing like that.

Thanks for posting
DV

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: E-Trac-Ohio
Date: December 20, 2017 06:16AM
Congrats on the outstanding finds Dave ! :clapping:



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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Normx2
Date: December 20, 2017 07:38AM
The real deal Dave, great rewards for a lot of work and good research!!

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: hubbler
Date: December 20, 2017 08:06AM
Great job again Dave. Have to say, the wife of yours is a keeper, too!

HH

Ron

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 20, 2017 08:31AM
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diggervance
Hey Dave,

What state do you live in.

I have been lucky enough to get a couple of civil war finds here in Michigan but nothing like that.

Thanks for posting
DV

Hey DV I’m in Tennessee right in the middle of so much Civil War activity. Tens of thousands of soldiers marched through and fought all over this state. We are very fortunate to have such a rich history here. It also has made for a ton of detecting pressure since the 60’s with guys hunting for these relics. They’re still out there, just getting much harder to come across areas to search. I would say you would have a good chance of finding War of 1812 relics up there close to the Great Lakes. I know a guy up there that has found a couple of really nice buttons. Good luck to ya!

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 20, 2017 08:31AM
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E-TRAC-OHIO
Congrats on the outstanding finds Dave ! :clapping:

Thanks Mark!

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 20, 2017 08:32AM
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Normx2
The real deal Dave, great rewards for a lot of work and good research!!

Thanks! It’s very rewarding when a little research and a lot of luck come together!

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 20, 2017 08:38AM
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hubbler
Great job again Dave. Have to say, the wife of yours is a keeper, too!

HH

Ron
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Hey thanks Ron! Yeah she’s a good one! Pretty awesome that she supports me in my hobby but it’s a big bonus that she enjoys the relics as much as I do. She’s a 5th grade teacher and loves to teach history. She takes in relics I’ve found to share with the kids and gives them a hands on experience of items that a soldier may have used or faced on a daily basis.
HH & GL - David

Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: chipper97
Date: December 21, 2017 05:19PM
Beautiful US buckle Sooper! Love the spur too. Haven't found any big brass yet but I haven't given up.

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Re: A Huge First For Me With Two Civil War US Belt Buckles!!!
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: December 21, 2017 09:30PM
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chipper97
Beautiful US buckle Sooper! Love the spur too. Haven't found any big brass yet but I haven't given up.

Thanks chipper! Yeah big relics don’t come up for me often but it’s an awesome thrill when it does. Sure hope you dig a good one soon, good luck!

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