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old school site...


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got out with Matt again this morning for a bit, drove his Vanquish 540 for while and it was fun, then we moved on to the spot where a early 1900's school used to sit... got me a Merc and a couple wheats, the only dateable old thing I found was the lock that I ID'd as a Slaymaker-Barry lock company lock and it dates to the 1890's... so next time there i will crank up the E-trac and go deep and slow and see what's hiding!



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We had at one time over 40 school sites in my county (1100 sq miles). You guys are just twisting my arms and legs to go back to school (so to speak) so maybe time to crawl out of my coin cloak. Good job!!


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Nice digs. Never had a ton of luck at school houses in my area as they where always hit the hardest.
But, the old saying rings true. You can never find it all! 👍


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Interesting finds and looks like some potential for even better finds...
Not to hijack your post, but I found a lock exactly like the one you found around an old house site in the woods several years ago.
I have seen a couple others posted that people found also.
Never could ID it, but saw a picture ( illustration) in a reprint of an old 1902 Sears catalog.
Only other finds made around the house to help date it were a 1940's wheat penny which I believe was lost after the house was abandoned,
a heel plate, and a Jeb Stuart style sword hanger.
Thanks for posting the information on the lock.. I attached a photo of the one I found.
One other note... that heart shaped item most likely has something engraved or embossed on it.
I found one earlier this year from the 1907 Jamestown exposItion.
Looking forward to seeing you future finds at that site, and good luck!!


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Nice lock! Keep us posted on your return trip with the Etrac.


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Good finds schools are never hunted out!