100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #17 1800s Barrel Tap / Spigot

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #17 1800s Barrel Tap / Spigot

In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  This is an 1800s barrel spigot or tap.     It is an interesting design that I have not seen and am told it may 1850s-1860s.

SITE:  Site of an old Mill

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 An incredible site that should produce relics for years to come

PERMISSION:  Public property with permission from authorities just to be sure

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Large Objects: This sucker almost knocked my detector off of the bottom of the creek.  It was just laying there by itself in a couple of feet of water in the middle of the rocky creek bed.   Before I started Civil War relic hunting, I was primarily a coin shooter and thought nothing big was ever good, so think about that.   I used to think a nulling loud signal was iron or a can and walked on without looking or digging.  Now I realize the simple and obvious:  large signals can be awesome relics.  And sometimes they are not necessarily Civil War relics!

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