Sometimes you start missing detecting so much that you are ready to go wander through any terrain and enjoy every response of your detector. And so it was with one Detectorist, in August. So one sunny afternoon, after he had called his friends, he went out of town to detect on a field. He chose this excact field because it was the first he saw, and it was harvested and plowed. However, on older maps there were not mentioned anything about this field.
The field was not boring – it gave the detectorist not only wires and rubbish, but also old coins, buttons and bullets.
After going down a small ravine in the middle of the field, his detector picked up a signal. It was a super find for the day, which he did not want to spend at home.
He found it with the most common detector seen in the fields, the Garrett ACE 250 with a homemade coil.
At home, the detectorist found out that he had found a soldiers badge of the Life Guards regiment of Moscow, which, as it turns out, is a pretty rare find.
Yes, the condition is as you would expect from a find, however it immediately interested collectors.
Why is this sign so interesting to collectors? And it turns out November 7, 1811 the regiment was formed from the 2nd Battalion of the Life Guards Regiment as the Life Guards regiment of the Lithuanian. With such a title in the first year of the regiment, defending Moscow, they took part in the Battle of Borodino, in which they held back the attack of the heavy cavalry of the French. They wounded and killed all the staff officers, two-thirds of the senior officers and more than half of the soldiers. In 1817, to the 5th anniversary of the liberation of Moscow, the regiment was renamed the Life Guards of Moscow.
And 100 years later, in 1911, the officers of the Life Guards regiment of Moscow took care of creating the regimental badge. A blue St. Andrew’s cross with gold edges, and with the letters «SARP», which read as «Sanctus Andreas Russiae Patronus» (St. Andrew patron of Russia). At the cross there was a silver minted emblem of Moscow, and St. George on a horseback slaying a dragon. This is one of those soldiers badges of the Life Guards regiment of the Moscow found by a digger in a “random” location.
This sign in excellent condition would have a price of $ 250.
But as this badge was in “dug” condition, the detectorist was willing to let it go for $ 100.
A “random” place and such a find – if it was so every time, I would not have had to study old maps and read the thematic literature.