100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #84:  Gold-plated Locket

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #84: Gold-plated 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 a gold plated locket with missing stones that I think may have been pried out by a thief long ago.

SITE:  Yard in a neighborhood.  A trolley line used to run right through the front yard from the late 1800s through the 1930s, resulting in lots of old coins and other cool finds.

SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10  Most of these yards produce old silver, Indians and V Nickels.  I’ve found numerous barber dimes, pocket spills, and even an 1878-CC Morgan Dollar here.

PERMISSION:   Caught a friendly man who was leaving for a funeral.  He insisted we make ourselves at home and have a good time.  I am so appreciative of people like that.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Right on the Street:     This item was found in the area most detectorists avoid, right off the road in front of the house where we expect trash and road debris to ruin any good signals.  If its a good yard, it stands to reason that some of the finds will be right up to the pavement next to the road.

Hunt Behind Your Partner:    We all leave stuff behind.  When you’re hunting with a partner its always good to switch up and go over each others areas.  Maybe the relic just has our name on it.  Maybe our machine hits it differently.  Different discrimination, sensitivity or other settings.  Maybe your partner just missed it!

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