The cool silver clip

8 Nov

I returned to the spot I found yesterday at the city’s oldest park. Maurice immediately found me some very deep, very old pieces of metal, mostly lids from bell jars and other assorted stuff. I dug a number of lead seals from all over the area. I can’t imagine what they went to. Eventually I stopped digging that signal but I may at one point dig all of them up. My findings convinced me that I am right and that the spot is the oldest undisturbed piece of the park.

Before I left, I got a deep signal. With the 11″ coil, the deep signals are much louder and sometimes I even get an accurate VDI. This signal was louder than the old whispers I used to get with the 9″ coil and the VDI was that of a wheat or an Indian. So I dug up my usual 7 inch deep plug and at the bottom I got a dim hit with the Garrett pinpointer. Another inch of dirt out and I saw the clump of metal at the bottom. Once I cleaned it a little I thought I could read the word sterling on it but I wasn’t sure. Plus, the word was on the front and not on the back as one would expect.

Once I got home I cleaned it and sure enough, it says sterling. I place this piece at the turn of the century and now I know I can hit smallish silver at 8 inches with no problem and with a good, discernible tone. The Seated coin is still in the ground; for now.



Thank you for looking!


5 Responses to “The cool silver clip”

  1. Lawdog1 November 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Nice clip!

  2. Mikki Gilmore November 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    The center design of the clip looks like an ‘L’. Rather than “sterling”, could this actually say Ester Ling? A womans name with her monogram?

    • pulltabMiner November 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Intriguing. Yes, that is an L on the center. The picture doesn’t show this well but the bottom actually says c.sterling which I took to mean ‘coin sterling’ but that doesn’t really make sense since the phrase is actually ‘coin silver’. The clip is made of silver; verified by acid test but you could be right that this whole thing is someone’s name.

      • Ms. Kansas Digger November 12, 2013 at 8:41 am #

        Do you have a picture of the back of the clip? It resembles a spoon handle. Perhaps a homemade clip. I remember my Great Aunt cutting up some of her silver to make crafty projects with. 😦

  3. pulltabMiner November 13, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Ms. Kansas Digger. The back of the clip is plain. No markings of any kind. It sure does resemble the end of a spoon and in fact, that’s exactly what I thought when I first dug it up. After removing some dirt however, it became evident that it was a clip. It is very possible that this came from a spoon.

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