Tag Archives: silver jewelry

Getting to know you

19 Jan

I took my XP Deus out for a spin this afternoon. With the temperature above 60 degrees and the sun shining fully I had to get out.

As it turned out, it was a very productive hunt. For one, I refined my knowledge of the Deus’ language even further. I investigated a number of signals that seemed like iron signals at first glance but on further review, they were just different enough that they warranted being dug. As a result, I dug four deep wheat cents that would have stayed in the ground otherwise.

All four wheats mentioned above were in the eight to nine inch depth range. This is indeed exciting! Plus, I know I have walked past this kind of signal countless times by now. It sure gives me hope for a very good year.

At the end of the hunt, I had ten wheat cents and these:

silver-duo

clean

Thank you for looking!

First silver of 2013…

3 Jan

…happens to be the first ring of 2013 as well. I took my XP Deus metal detector to a new park built on the site of an old home. The park is postage stamp sized with a playground area in the middle. Three things made me go there:

1) There was an old house there visible in old maps.

2) The park is in an area of town no one else wants to hunt.

3) There are a couple of very old trees in this park and the dirt around them may lay yet undisturbed.

In fact, it was under one of these old trees that I found my first silver ring of the year at 6 inches deep. The signal was a messy one with a short, sweet audio component a midst some ugly tones . Now,in previous posts, I’ve mentioned these kinds of signals and how I am beginning to really pay attention to them.  I decided to dig it even though the VDI jumped all over the place. I was using my primary hunting program on the Deus: Deus Fast with a frequency of 12KHz (changed from 18KHz).

ring_in_situ

silver_ring

The ring is of the One Size Fits All variety and it looks to be old. It obviously got lost when the house was still standing and inhabited. The markings inside include a jeweler’s mark of JJJ but a cursory search on the Internet yielded no information on the mark.

markings

Now, the question every newbie asks when they find a silver ring with a mounted stone is: Is it a real diamond? The answer is that no sane person would put a real diamond on a silver ring unless we are talking diamond chips.  Still, the Cubic Zirconia on this ring is pretty.

So I now have 28 days left on this month to find 8 or 9 silver coins to stay on pace to make the goal for this year.

Thank you for looking!

I Believe I Can Fly!

28 Dec

Once again, the plans of Deus and Man went awry. I had decided to take my XP Deus metal detector to a hunt with Stevouke for lunch but I had to take my lunch earlier than I had planned. I went to a lot where a house stood recently. Somebody had beaten me to it. There were fresh holes and a number of dug items left on site. I still pulled 4 memorials and a clad dime that they missed.

Since I had 45 minutes left, I drove to a school and 20 minutes into the hunt, I got a signal very much like the one I got yesterday when I found the Walking Liberty half. The VDI was high but the audio was sweet. So I dug it with the hopes of scoring another half. What I got instead is about as sweet:

wings

clean_wings

These are my first silver wings. Other hunters in the area have found silver wings and now it was my turn. They are large and heavy. I did nick them a little bit but for the most part they are in good shape.  I couldn’t get a good picture of the markings but it says Sterling on the back. Not that I needed to see the marking to know I had silver!

This is the 5th piece of silver I have recovered since I learned how to interpret this one particular signal on the Deus. I began studying this signal when me and lawdog1 from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum went hunting together. He had asked me to check a signal with my Deus and I dismissed the signal as iron. The target turned out to be a wheat cent and I turned out to be a dunce.

Since that day however, I started to listen more closely to this particular signal. It is a composite signal with a sweet element to it. What I’ve done is to learn to isolate the sweet element and investigate further regardless of the VDI I get.

In the case of the wings, an additional note is that they were standing upright and so I was hitting only the tip of one of the wings. I wished I had taken a picture of them in the hole but in the excitement, I didn’t think of it.

And there you have it. I sure hope this streaks holds until at least tomorrow when I hunt an old church site with Steveouke.

Thank you for looking!

The Deus and the Iron Pit

11 Jul

I took the XP Deus metal detector to the Iron Pit. The Iron Pit has become the proving grounds for all my metal detectors.

The Deus p-owned the Iron Pit!

I have said that I have hunted the Iron Pit until there were no signals left except ferrous signals. Then I took the Tesoro Compadre and was floored that I was able to get a few non-ferrous targets out of the Iron Pit.

Well today, after work, I hit the Iron Pit with the Deus. In essence and for all practical purposes, the Iron Pit has become a live site again, with LOTS of non-ferrous signals.

various metal objects

Iron Pit, p-owned!

I even managed to get a silver earring!

Not pictured are about a dozen pull tabs and beaver tails that were invisible to my other detectors.

silver earring

This was so loud and clear, a deaf man could have found it.

Getting non-ferrous targets from an iron-infested site with the Deus was like taking candy from a baby.

I used the Deus Fast program that came installed from the factory. I am so excited at the prospect of gridding the Iron Pit with the Deus and seeing what amazing goodies I missed before.

Oh, and I only took the targets that were easy to extract. I left many signals that were deep and will wait for me and the Sampson T-handle digger.

Thank you for looking!

Tiny Treasures from the Iron Pit

30 May

I continue on my quest for gold. I have decided to hunt for gold until I fill a gallon container with pull tabs and other mid tone targets. I am hoping to find a gold item before I fill the container with stuff but I am alarmed at how quickly it’s filling up! I am digging an average of 40 mid tone signals per hour.

Meanwhile, I keep finding interesting stuff while digging for gold. Today at lunch, I returned to the Iron Pit. The Iron Pit is the name I’ve given the honey hole I found last Summer. Anyway, as I was scanning for mid tones, I got a foil signal on the AT Pro. The Target ID (TID) was 45 and the depth was two inches. I dug up an old zinc or lead bell emblem that may have been part of a tag.

Later, I got a mid tone with a TID that jumped from 49 to 50 and back. The AT Pro said the target was six inches deep. I began to dig the hole and just below the surface, I found a tiny tennis racquet charm. It looked pretty nice and silvery and I could see that it had a stamp. When I got to the car, I looked at it with my loupe and sure enough, the mark said sterling.

I am not surprised the charm read lower than a nickel. First, tiny silver can read like that. Second, with all the rusty iron at the Iron Pit, I expect the detector to get confused.

silver charm and bell shaped tag

Tiny treasures

So this makes me wonder about how many countless treasures I’ve missed in the year I’ve been detecting because I haven’t been digging mid tones consistently. Heck, for the first eight months or so I downright ignored all mid tones.

And yes, I have to say it one more time: The Iron Pit doesn’t stop giving!

First silver ring of 2012

3 Feb

I hadn’t found a precious metal ring in months! This is only the fifth silver ring I’ve found since I started detecting late last May. It’s a Irish Cladaugh ring I am told.

I found it at the old trashy park and it was two inches deep.

Thank you for looking!

Silver coin at lunch

17 Jan

I wasted the first 30 minutes of my lunch hour exploring the site of an old farm house. It was only 32 degrees with a nice brisk wind but the sun was out so it wasn’t terribly bad.  Anyway, the old farm may have cool stuff buried but you’d have to get through the hundreds of aluminum cans and the hundreds of liquor bottles (with the stupid metal rings that are left when the screw cap is removed) not to mention the over growth. So on my way back to work I drove by the city-owned lots I hunted this weekend. Since I still had 30 minutes, I stopped at one and after finding three memorial pennies I got a perfect dime signal on the V3i. The depth indicated was three inches so I expected a clad dime or another memorial penny. Nope. Instead, I pulled a 1943 Mercury dime. This is my third silver coin for the year.

As an aside, I want to talk about the incredible mass of meat we call the human brain. I have pulled lots of clad and a little silver in the 7 months I’ve been detecting. Yet, my brain is now trained to recognize a silver coin even with the briefest of glimpses. As I dug the hole, the Mercury dime flew out with the first scoopful of dirt giving me a flash that lasted but a microsecond. I knew it was a silver coin before it landed on the ground. That’s how amazing the human brain is. I have been fooled by clad only once or twice out of the hundreds, if not thousands of times I’ve pulled it out of the ground.

1943 Mercury dime still in the soil

I knew it was a silver coin before it hit the ground

1943 Mercury dime on the palm of my hand

A Merc in the hand is worth...about two dollars

1943 Mercury dime, obverse

Third silver coin in 2012

Thank you for looking!

****U P D A T E****

While on my hunt, I picked up what I thought was custom jewelry just sitting on top of the ground. When I got to my office and was emptying my pocket, I checked the back of the pendant and saw that it was marked AU 925!  Sweet!

silver pendant and U.S. dime for size comparison

AU. Australia?

Front of silver pendant with cubic zirconias

Too bad these are CZs!

Third silver in a row

28 Sep

Since I started metal detecting I have hunted every lunch hour, well almost, sometimes I have to run errands.
Today I went to McAdams park again at lunch time and found the front of an old silver locket. It read 81-82 on my AT Pro and it was about 6.5 inches deep. Although it has no Sterling nor .925 stamp, it is unmistakably silver. The front is a bit tarnished. The design seems an old one. It could be old, after all, the park became a park in 1901.  It is the third consecutive hunt in this park and the third consecutive silver piece I find here. Now I will expect silver every time I go there.

Part of a silver locket

It looks old

back of the silver locket piece

The back is hardly tarnished at all