Maybe Old Gold

Today I went out for a few hours to a new spot I researched. It is a pre-1895 demolished farmhouse, across the street from a church established in the 1880s. The house is off a major road and wasn’t torn down until the 1990s, so I think it’s likely the place has been detected before. That being said, I had a great first day.

Here’s what I found excluding a couple pounds of aluminum canslaw and some other junk.

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Valve stem manufactured by Dill of Cleveland Ohio. Brass, might be from a Ford Model T.

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Part of a pocket watch movement (brass). No manufacturer markings that I can see.

Copper bow brooch, 1950-D wheat cent.

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Two-piece U.S. eagle button manufactured by Horstmann of Philadelphia. Cursory online searching tells me this is Indian Wars era, maybe 1870s or 1880s. Shank is broken off.

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The best find of the day, a small ring that weighs no more than a couple grams. Here is a close up of the marking on the inside. 18 and a cross, which I assume means 18K, though not sure what the cross indicates.
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The ring came out the ground clean on the inside, with the copper corrosion on the outside. It appears to be a solid (but thin) gold band with a layer of copper on the outside that is flaking off.
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I scraped through the copper layer on the outside and hit gold, so I don’t think this is gold plated. I think it’s the real deal, and it might be antique gold. I will soak it in vinegar and see if the green layer comes off, leaving a gold band.

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This ring gave a very solid “19” signal on the Vanquish 440, and I thought I would be digging an Indian cent. A (ostensibly) gold ring is about the last thing I expected to find at a farmhouse.

I’m excited to go back to this place and find some old coins now.

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update: ring is plated.

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Really good assortment of finds nonetheless, I’d be stoked with that any day.

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Thanks, here a few more recent finds from the same place

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Great finds! That IHP is very nice.

Steve

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Thanks, it’s my favorite find from this place so far. Got some rain today so I might go back tomorrow.