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 one of the coolest suspender clips I’ve ever found. Found off on old trolly line, this one depicts a man in the moon with a Greek face. Haven’t found one like it. Consistent with other finds on this line, it easily dates to the 1870s.
SITE: Home where an old, long gone trolley line ran through the front yard
SITE EVALUATION: 4 of 10 Found a few bullets but site had been hunted pretty good in past. Have found lots of old silver and cool old jewelry items along the old trolley line
PERMISSION: Another detectorist told me he had hunted it, and the lady was nice. He was done with it and told me to give it a shot. It was on my backup list. One day I was in the area struggling to get anyone to answer a door so I met the nice lady and hunted her yard. It’s great to make good trust relationships with other detectorists. I’m not after anyone’s sites, and most good detectorists realize that no site is ever hunted out.
Property Lines: Amazing how many great relics I find right on the property lines between homes or other properties. Sometimes it is not readily apparent where one yard ends and another begins. Many detectorists are wary of crossing into other peoples property, or at least do not hunt the property lines hard. Use extra wide swings LOL. Seriously I always ask the property owner where the property line is.
This great, beautiful relic was right on the property line.
Also, sometimes is you see the adjoining property owner outside and kick off a conversation by asking him where his property line is, as you want to be careful to not infringe on his property. He will generally respect that and more often than not, you’ll get his/her property as well.
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