So Papa Bear and his friend, C.H., went metal detecting this weekend and spent both Saturday and Sunday on one property.
“Just West of Kenansville on property that once had a old house on it. The house was there as late as the 1990′s. On the property was a small graveyard of the Chestnutt family. Some of the occupants had been alive during the early 1800′s. The old house stood on the small rise just South of the graveyard.”
Saturday the 14th
1. First cheek horse bit
2. Union Infantry Button (My first)
3. Buffalo Nickel (My first)
4. Lead bottle plugs/stoppers (That is what I am told)
5. Octagon button? (No shank, just a post in the center)
6. Pre-Civil War buttons (Colonial??)
7. Iron cut nails (The one with the bent over head has got to be Colonial)
8. Camp Lead (Issued to soldiers on both side so they could melt it to make round ball bullets)
9. Rivets (The large one most likely came from a saddle)
10. Percussion Cap
Then there is the china I found. Same design but three different plate types.
Here’s a better look at what was found Saturday.
Sunday the 15th
1. Spoon parts (handle)
2. Gilt covered copper (Gold Plate?)
3. Brass toe tap (
4. Flat buttons
5. Coper thimble
6. Door knob (?)
7. Small copper child’s ring (It has a design on the outside but I can’t get a photo of it)
8. Brass furniture tack
9. Small flat button with no shank (Has writing but it is unreadable)
10. Flat button (Back mark says “Best” and has arrow heads pointing to the bottom. Unknown date but most likely pre-civil war)
11. William Wallis button (Back mark says W. Wallis London Gold Twist Company made buttons from 1800-1828. has a cool front pattern)
12. London button (Back marks says London and has three stars.Unknown date but most likely pre-civil war)
Here’s a better look at some of the items found Sunday.
Definitely a button kind of weekend. I suppose on an old homestead site like this it would make sense. Makes me wonder about the Union Infantry button though.
Thanks for sharing PB!