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 whiffletree tip. A whiffletree or whippletree is a series of wooden rods on an old horse and buggy that helps equally distribute the pull of multiple horses.
SITE: Homesite on my family land
SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10 History on my family land dates to before the Civil War. There is nothing like finding cool relics and coins on your own property!
PERMISSION: I gave myself permission!
That Beautiful Green: I’ve learned the hard way to never throw anything away, but anytime brass comes out of the ground with this green color, you can be sure of one thing: it is extremely old – usually greater than 100 years old.
No Site is Hunted Out: Due to convenience, I had pounded this particular spot probably hundreds of times over the years, and still manage to pull relics out of there. When I dug this from the middle of the yard, I couldn’t believe I’d missed this big target for all of those years. Finds like this is the reason I can confidently say that no place is hunted out. You just have to do the work and find a way to win.
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