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 reproducer, a major part of an 1880s Edison Phonograph:
Original parts are highly sought after by collectors, and I was offered $50 for this one even in this condition.
SITE: Creek bed near at site of an old mill.
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Loaded with lots of great relics!
PERMISSION: Public property
Some Relics Look Like Junk: When this came out of the creek, I thought it was a part of a doorknob, right down to the cheesy gold-tone plating like you see on a junk door knob. I admit the only reason I didn’t toss it was I felt guilty about (re) littering. I took it out of my bag that night and was about to toss it before I saw the writing on it:
It is amazing I didn’t toss this great little piece of historical Americana into the vertical file!
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