Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

1919 Buffalo

  Another nice buffalo nickel pulled from the forgiving soil of Rockport Park, this one with the clearly visible date of 1919; the year of the Boston Molasses Disaster, when a giant wave of molasses burst forth from an exploding storage container and swept 20 unfortunate Bostonians to their deaths. One onlooker responded to the tragedy by declaring, "It looked like a sweet way to go."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Skeletons and Indians

  Back at the park in Rockport and found this wonderful three-inch skeleton key. It's a bit bent, but then again, so am I.
  Also, another Indian Head penny, this one a rather pitted 1903, but at least the date was clear. Besides, I never get tired of finding these Indians, regardless of their condition.
  I found a few wheat pennies, too. I rarely post pics of wheaties, but I did find a 1909, which is the first year the wheat penny was printed. I will probably post a picture when it is finished soaking.

Monday, July 4, 2011

1873 Indian Head Penny

  Found this in a park in Rockport. It is one of the nicest Indians I have turned up yet. The soil in this particular park seems to have low acidity, as the the coins coming out have much less damage than those I find elsewhere.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

1920's Pocket-Spill

  I paid a visit to a local park I have been wanting to check out and came up with a few items of interest: namely a beautiful Buffalo nickel with a fantastic patina (unfortunately no clear date), a 1912 Barber dime, a devastated 1880 Indian Head penny, two wheat pennies (still in the cleaning process), a nice 19th century buckle, and a pretty little bejeweled brooch from the 1800's. The Barber dime actually came out of the ground wedged between the two wheaties, the result of some unfortunate pocket-spill about a hundred years ago.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Catholic Iconography

  I found this great little Catholic cross in the park. I was just wondering, too, why I never find any religious medals.  This one is a beauty.

Friday, June 17, 2011

1904 Barber Dime

A brief stop in Union Common yielded yet another weathered Indian Head penny and a nice 1904 Barber dime. I suspect this park was hit heavily years ago and stripped of all its large silvers and coppers, which is why I seem to only find Indians, deep nickels, and Barber dimes. Not that I am complaining.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Two More Indians

  11 Indian Head pennies so far this year. This one is an 1890, and not in perfect shape, but will clean up alright after a few more days in olive oil.
  Also, an exhausted 1884 Indian head and a nineteenth century bottle stopper...

  All of this , by the way, still coming out of the park in Union.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Another Shield

  I found my second shield nickel in the park, though this one was in much worse shape than the last. Some soaking in vinegar revealed the 5 on the one side and the shield on the other. I will never find a date.
  Found this lovely large lady's button at a depth of about ten inches and nearly broke the thing getting it out. It is quite thin and as big as a silver dollar, with this great trademark logo on the rear. Note the "S" above the design.

  Also my ninth Indian head penny of the year... some kind of weird bottle opener... #1 key... half of a large button... Oskar's tag... a '57 wheatie... and a whatchamathingy...
  And then there's Howard...
  I also stopped by a farm last week to find a dropped ring.  I had no luck, but did dig up this interesting buckle...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Jesus First

  I haven't got out much this week, but I did find this rather battered 1868 Shield Nickel.
  Also, this great little painted metal fire hydrant, sans the man. I just added him because I couldn't resist.
  Tiny spoon for tiny soup... wonderful old brass post-skeleton key... and Jesus First.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Silver Wire Heart Ring

    I found this in the park yesterday. It's a little large for Laura's fingers and it need some straightening, but the attention to detail on the fine wire band is really nice.
    I have not been out much lately, between work and my small Saturday hand injury (see, but I found a few interesting items down in Camden Harbor at low tide.
  I am particularly fond of the chain, the smallest rusty chain I have ever found. I am planning on hanging something small and rusty from it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sea Dolls

   I ran into my friend Carole Lambert, our local sea glass expert extraordinaire, the other day and it got me thinking about my sea doll parts, so I thought I would post a photo. Carole turned me on to these wonderful little treasures a few years ago with her beautiful book "The Sea Glass Chronicles".  Apparently, in the 1800's, these ships would sink off the coast freighted with porcelain dolls and pieces still wash up on certain beaches, not to mention the broken dolls that just got deep-sixed with the daily rubbish. Carole has a few great books on the subject of sea glass and has just started up a new website.
  Anyway, I immediately became fixated--as I am wont to do--on the idea of finding doll parts on beaches. Our good friend (and talented musician- Juliane Gardener told me she finds dolls parts on the beach in Castine and even brought me a doll foot, so I high-tailed it up there with Laura and found a wonderful porcelain sea-ear within minutes of searching. I was hooked.  I have found a few others since and here they are. Except for the foot, which is the one Julie gave me.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chilian Puzzle

 I have never heard of a Chilian Puzzle before yesterday, but I found a Chilian Puzzle token yesterday in the park. It was so green with age I thought it was large cent. I guess these little tokens hung from the ends of an early 1900's ring puzzle. I found a picture of one on ebay. Looks like it would make a great Chilian fishing lure to me.

  I also found this interesting little decorative laurel piece that must have broken off a medal or buckle or something. It measures about an inch in length.
  And another little buckle, a 1957 Wheatback, 3 great little buttons, some unexploded ammunition, and a few square nails.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weekend Finds

  I say "weekend", but it was more like "end of last week", as I didn't get out much in the past few days. I hit the usual easy to reach spots like the park, my yard, the jobsite--and none of them for very long, but still managed to come up with a few items of interest.
  Another rusty lock for my rusty lock collection.

  And rusty spoon for that collection of the same name.
  This little belt-buckle was found in Union Commons, but the silver-plated utensil handle and keys were found along with the spoon and lock in my backyard.
  This great little "Castoria" bottle I picked up on North Haven on Saturday, when I was out there rebuilding a stone wall.
  I found this 3" Hubley-Kiddie toy tractor tire in Union. In case you are interested, I did a little research and this is what the original toy looked like (this one has replica tires):
  Also found this heavy 8" piece of something that looks to be a sword-point or more likely a bayonet of some sort. Possibly just a farm implement, but I have never seen anything like it. I am currently carrying it for protection in the wildly unpredictable streets of Camden. So don't mess with me. "I'm carryin' my steel, man."

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Master Plan

  Laura and I hiked down to the dam yesterday in search of the homestead of one Mssr. Molyneaux, one of Camden's early settlers. I read a bit about him in Robinson's "History of Camden and Rockport" and his cabin was supposedly near where the dam is now. Molyneaux himself, an eccentric French aristocrat who had taken to living, hunting, and fishing the wilds in and around lake Megunticook (in which he ultimately drowned), described it as being at the point where the lake empties into the river--where the dam is now. Anyhow, I think we were on the wrong side of the river. There was a foundation, but it was concrete and appeared to have once been an operating structure for the dam.
  I didn't do any metal detecting, but I scraped around in the rubble and found these two great pieces. They are pretty large and as I started to lug them back to the car, Laura said, "You're joking, right? What are you going to do with all these rusty things you are bringing home?"
  "You just have to trust me," I said. "I have a Master Plan. I know it seems crazy now, but it will all make sense in the end."