CoinWhisperer must have worked his magic, because the first good find of the day turned out to be this "pocket-spill", a term detectorists use to describe a number of coins found together in one hole or in a very small area. It consisted of three wheat pennies and two mercury dimes ranging from 1909 to 1928. I was hoping for the more rare "VBD" variant of the 1909 wheat penny, but alas this is my second 1909 plain. These coins were a bit more modern than what we were looking for, but I'll never turn down some silver from the ground!
The next cool find is probably one of my most unique discoveries ever! It appears to be some sort of claw clutching an egg, and I believe it is likely the top for a cane or walking stick. I have no idea how old it is, but I think it's a really neat recovery to say the least! I'm quite happy to have found it.
My favorite find for the day, though, is this small broken piece of brass. It may not look like much, but it's something I've never found before and always wanted to. This broken piece came from a colonial era knee buckle or shoe buckle frame from the 1700's!
It would have originally been a complete oval frame with a tongue and chape attached inside to close the buckle. These buckles were viewed as decorative jewelry, and often support intricate designs such as the floral design shown here. Below is a portrait by Ralph Earl from 1790 showing a man with both knee and shoe buckles clearly depicted. I have always wanted to dig a colonial buckle - now I just need to find a complete example. Maybe next time!
Last but not least, I finally got the video edited from the RRRHA Mine Run hunt. Check it out, and I hope you enjoy!