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First silver of the year and a question to our resident farrier, Rick

Yes, my first silver of the year!!! Yee Haa! Snagged it at one of my favorite places that I go detecting for the past 15yrs. Had my new 505 with the 15 inch 3kHz DD coil. Sens at 16 and in disc mode 1. Got a nice signal at 36-39. Dime was a little deeper than i normally find Barbers at. Was about 4 inches+ and on its side! Haven't been out to much this year detecting but back at it on weekends till the snow falls. I really like the 505 and the way i have it set up!

Rick, i found these at another property i detect. They were down a couple inches. Are they stirrups? Can you tell by the pics I took if they are old/handmade? I was surprised to find them together.

Well all, Happy Hunting and have a great Thanksgiving!!


Old Longhair

Crazy Ol' Foole
Staff member
Yes sir! That's exactly what those are (stirrup irons), and they are an older style that haven't been used for a long time.
I can't be positive about the method of manufacture by the pics, but it's likely that they aren't handmade. However, all extremely high quality handmade stuff is difficult to determine as such even in person. If I had to guess, based strictly on the pictures, I would have to say that they are likely 100-150 years old. I think that it's fantastic and very unusual that you actually found a PAIR!

That Barber is pretty nice too! The 3kHz coils really sniff out the high conductors. As you know, the key is to go slow and listen carefully.
Given the places that I hunt, and the targets that I seek, I've got one of my 3kHz coils on probably 90% of the time.

Great finds Emmet!! :thumbup:


Well-known member
Congratulations on the silver and stirrups. Nice looking barber. I have still never dug a barber. I have dug seated but no barbers.