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Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: January 20, 2019 04:46PM
We have a small public park on the river, only about a tenth of an acre in size. It's a good spot for fishing or just relaxing, and enjoying the breeze off the river. It's been there since the 1920s.

On four visits, the Teknetics Omega 8000 came up with two jewelry spills.

There isn't any gold, just cosmetic pieces, pins, earrings, and parts of necklaces. There's one crushed silver thimble marked "Austria". There are also a pewter pendant shaped like an owl, and an American Red Cross pin.

The detector also came up with some fishing sinker weights. I asked a couple of guys who were fishing, if they'd like to have some more sinkers (free). They laughed and said, "sure", so they got their pick.

I made four trips to the park, with the Teknetics Omega 8000 and Garrett ProPointer. On the first visit I had the Teknetics 5x9-inch coil. Then on the last three visits, to focus on the small size of the targets, I came with the NEL Sharp 5-inch. Amazing -- that little coil was finding and correctly ID'ing some really tiny targets at 7 inches down.

Now I keep wondering ... why would anyone "spill" so much jewelry, in two separate spots so far apart? The targets were concentrated in two places. Each place was about four feet in diameter. The two places were about 15 feet apart.

It's hard to see how they could have been two accidental spills.

Anyway, they'll be good conversation pieces in the metal detecting collection.

Cheers,

Joe




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Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: kschae4
Date: January 21, 2019 05:48AM
Great mix of small finds,there. Toy gun hammer in right picture ?



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Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: January 21, 2019 03:39PM
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kschae4
Great mix of small finds,there. Toy gun hammer in right picture ?

Yep, it's part of a toy gun. It's the only part that came up, and there's probably going to be some more parts still in the ground.

The weather is fine for detecting here (Jacksonville, Florida), so I'm keeping that park in mind for the future. Meanwhile, there's some other places to check out.

Cheers,

Joe

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Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Delta Digger
Date: January 22, 2019 04:22PM
Good finds man. Some of those old lures are worth a bit of money.

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Blind Squirrel
Date: January 28, 2019 01:35PM
Gamma_Joe, it will probably remain a mystery as to how that jewelry found its way there but you sure had a lot of targets to recover and a lot of FUN digging them! Best of luck and...

Happy Hunting!
Blind Squirrel

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: January 28, 2019 03:56PM
Many thanks for all the good wishes.

I always put the metal trash into the city's recycling pickup. All of the can slaw, pull tabs, foil, bottle caps, junk iron, and stuff like that goes to recycling. It's out of the ground ... and it makes life easier for the next MD detectorist who comes along.

The fishing sinker weights are a different matter. They didn't go to "trash recycling". I took all of them back to the park, and set them down on the concrete pier at the river ... Now they're "free" for the next fishermen (or fisherladies) who come along. Maybe they'll bring good luck and good bites.

What a great hobby this is.

Cheers,

Joe

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Sanderling
Date: January 31, 2019 07:24AM
Hey there Gamma Joe. Nice variety of finds for such a small area. I mainly do beach hunting and find a lot of lead sinkers which I take to the shooting range and donate them to the range master for whoever wants them for making bullets . My wife and I enjoy hunting Jax Beach where she found her first silver ring and has been hooked on the hobby ever since. It is a great hobby! You ever hunt Little Talbot Island? Keep the finds coming and HH.

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: hbrown66
Date: February 01, 2019 08:51AM
nice finds..

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: woody
Date: February 01, 2019 09:39AM
The Omega was rocking. I grew up about 70 miles due north from you.

Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: coin-star
Date: February 11, 2019 11:06AM
I have the Nel Sharp also. It's a great little coil indeed. Congrats on a neat variety of finds!

P.S. - I hate digging hose nozzles like that, but apparently they will still work after you pull them out of the ground. I have thrown away so many of them.

-CS

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Re: Small Park, Two Spills
Posted by: Sataro
Date: February 16, 2019 09:36AM
Congrats on the nice finds!



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