100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #56 Little Lavern’s Locket

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #56 Little Lavern’s Locket

Note:   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 my favorite finds of all time.  A little 1800s locket lost in a churchyard, I imagine by a little girl.  It is hand engraved with her name “Laverne”, and still has the ring that broke off and lost it.     People in this area didn’t have much back then, and I’m certain she was heartbroken by its loss.   It is almost haunting to me.   Look at the amazing and odd color, also.

SITE:  Church Yard

SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10  Relics were found in spotty areas.

PERMISSION:  My favorite.  Someone stopped by to chat while I was detecting a house down the road, and invited me over to hunt their property without me asking!

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Clean and Examine Your Finds:   I wasn’t excited about this find until I saw the inscription.  I like to carefully clean finds and look with a magnifying glass to see if I can find any markings or personalization.   In addition to jewelry, many other items, such as Brass civil war items, may have tiny names and/or initials inscribed on them.

Across and along the Road:  Many old churches  didn’t have room for parking for big events such as big funerals and big services.   People would fill up the available parking and park up and down the road around the church.  I’ve found may great items, including this one, from “hunted out” churches by hitting the areas around the road and across the street from the church as well.

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