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 a very unusual and cool Masonic suspender clip from late 1800s, and dated 1881-1882. I’m going to donate this to the local masonic lodge, but want to put it in a nice case with a label first.
SITE: Field in my own neighborhood on a creek on the site of an old plantation home on a road heavily travelled and fought on during the Civil War. Soldiers clearly camped on the creek, and many 1800s through turn of the century relics show up as well.
SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10 Hunted hard over the years, but I get out while wife is cooking supper sometimes after work and hit it for an hour, usually fooling with my settings, and occasionally grabbing a bullet or cool relic.
PERMISSION: No one minds as long as you don’t mess anything up or annoy anyone.
Your Own Neighborhood: I’m amazed at friends who detect who haven’t hit their own back yard or common areas that are near them. These are great places to have low-stress quick hunts, and may produce some incredible finds. Study the history. What was your neighborhood before it was a neighborhood. Hit areas that weren’t developed in your ‘hood!
Be persistent when hard to dig: Terrain around here is very rocky. This clip was deep in an extremely rocky area and was very difficult to get to – one of the 10 inch holes that takes 10 minutes to dig.
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