I found the backyard!

5 Mar

On my way home from work, I returned to the spot where I found the 1887 Indian Head cent during lunch today. I only had 15 minutes to hunt since I had to be home on time for my boys’ skating party. So I began by scanning the area immediately next to the hole where the IH was at and I got a signal with a VDI of 85 on the V3i. I was hunting with the C&J program so I was able to see that the target was hitting hard on the 2.5kHz frequency. I was hoping for a silver ring but what I found was equally as valuable.

old toy revolver

The Pal

This is a cap gun made by Kilgore back in 40’s or 50’s. It is The Pal. Here is a picture of what it looked like when it was new:

When it was new

The Kilgore company made toy guns from 1917 to 1960, when it was bought by another company.

What’s got me all excited about this find is that I believe I have located the backyard of a house that stood in that spot from the time of Wichita’s earliest history to sometime in the early 50’s when the whole neighborhood was razed. This housed was leveled before metal detecting was a hobby and so I believe that it was never hunted. Furthermore, I believe that hardly anyone else would know that there was a house there since the spot looks very unpromising as a metal detecting site today. I believe I will be hitting this site hard all week!

Thank you for looking!


2 Responses to “I found the backyard!”

  1. Rosie March 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    One guy in my metal detecting club found a toy gun like this last month! Very cool find! 🙂 He found his in this little tiny city park snugged between a few houses in one of the neighborhoods built in the 50’s or so. I went to check it out, and you would hardly know it was even a park! Finding spots like these are what it’s all about!

    • yaquigrande March 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Yeah, I was very excited when i realized I had an old backyard to hunt. You wouldn’t know it unless you studied the history of my city that that area was once a thriving neighborhood. As it turns out, I hunted that yard to death and retrieve many old non-ferrous items but only three coins; the two Indians and a wheat. I may hit it again later in the Spring now that I’ve removed tons of metal out of it.

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