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I metal detected an old house this morning and found a few things. The house is gone all but the chimney and the owner (my aunt) is not sure when it was built but I'm guessing 1800's. The bottle was found while digging a piece of junk metal and the same goes for the marble, unless I bought one hell of a metal/glass detector. Well, here are my finds
I also found a harmonica that says Sousa's Band on one side and John Philip Sousa on the other side.
The Indian head penny is 1902 and the two wheat pennies are 1912s and 1929d i believe.
Anybody know anything about the harmonica? I tried to look on the internet but I'm not sure about it
I found a lot on John Sousa, the birth and death dates and history, so looks like the harmonic was used in a marine marchinng band. Time frame puts in right for the coins. Probbably used in his marching band at one time. Hope that helps. Good finds.
Yeah, I was thinking around that time too. Early 1900's for the harmonica. Some are on ebay from 1850-1880 though with this guys name. I'm hoping there's some older coins there at this place also. I'm sure there is because I've only hunted it twice. Thanks for the info Tehuacana.
Well, I just looked on that John Sousa on the internet and my buddy was wrong when he said some are on ebay from 1850-1880. John Sousa wasn't even born until 1854.
I'd say mid 1870's on. Put him in his 20's. And probably wasn't famous till later. 1890's. I think I'd heard his name mentioned on the Antique's Road Show on the PBS channel before. On other musical intruments. My metal detector has so far only picked up beer tabs. Haven't even found a rusty nail. There's a lot of old houses around here, but every time I took it out, I'd wander off looking for points and leave it in the truck. I get easily distracted.
I love it all! Arrowheads, metal detecting and all that kind of stuff. I'm new to metal detecting though. My favorite movie when I was a kid was Goonies where all those kids find treasure on a pirate ship. I consider all these arrowheads and some of these metal detecting finds as treasures.
Cash & Treasures (Travel Channel) has places all over the US to go. Like digging or screening for points, you can pay,screen, or surface hunt for anything from aquamarine to fossils. Remember one show where old Mom and Pop were panning for gold on the Llano river, kids wandered off and came back with several perds. I'd say forget the gold, I'm looking for points. Wife wants the gold. Go figure. She can pan, I'll surface hunt. Didn't even know there was gold found in Tx.
Welcome to the club DJ, it's addictive.
In my previous life, I have metal detected around Roman ruins. My dream was to get a weak signal
hit, dig down and find a fingertip of Ceasar pointing up. Lifesize solid gold statue lower.
FLASH From Mlle on lake Travis.
They had to move a Marina out of a cove due to low water , onto the main lake.
A lady metal detecter found 118 cell phones under where the ships store was .. . .
Yeah Hal, I remember you talking about digging up some type of coins or something over there.
The Hohner Company began production of the US Marine Band / John Phillips Sousa harmonica in 1896 and continued production for almost 100 years. Hope this helps with the harmonica
The bottle is a snuff bottle. Look to see how the top was made, if it's a handmade top you can tell & it might be worth something.
Thanks guys. I think the snuff bottle and the harmonica are from around 1900-1930. That's also the range of the coins I found. That harmonica is not very rusted for being in the ground so long. Someone on another forum thought it might be silver but I doubt it.
GTA 1000 in the house!!!!
Hard diggin for coins in this texas soil though! Its USED to be top of the line ! Bought it almost 18 years ago ! heh Says "Its a penny and its 3 inches down" .. You better believe its right 99 % of the time!
In OHIO it was great to dig there.. Very soft dirt.. Here in texas .. well... yall got a serious pull tab problem I will say that!
PS - Who ever is "Out4gold"
Wanted to thank you for the blurp on treasurequest!
i should have a link for them !!!
I just bought a Garrett ace 250. It's supposed to be pretty good for the amount of money I wanted to spend. I have had some issues with it but everyone seems to think it's a good machine for the price. The area I detected was actually not hard though, it's kinda sandy even though it's not a beach. Very easy to dig.
Speaking of garrets, that was a brand of snuff. That looks like one of their old bottles. Used to have raised dots on the bottom to tell the strength. Ain't my brand, but that's what old grandpa used.
Good choice DJ, I like the open coil vs the solid no see through plus it doesnt float as much if surfin in the surf !
Hunting sites are limited only by imagination, bring it to Digfest, Maybe some Ding A Ling will
accidentally bury a tool or two !
I should be headed back to the same site again on Sat. If I find anything interesting I'll give you guys an update, unless you are getting bored with this stuff not being indian artifacts. I really think this place should be dug just like a midden. I found the bottle and the marble just by digging for something that I detected. Almost everytime I dig glass comes up. I've been told that marble could be $25-$35 if it were in great condition. I think there is probably alot more bottles to be found, and I need to find out where the out house was.
Interesting finds.I use a metal gold detector and search old abandoned home steads,crop fields,public parks and beaches in hopes of uncovering some long lost piece of the past. For me it's not about the gold,silver and other riches....it's about the rush I get when I uncover something that has been lost for years and knowing that I am holding something that at one time was held by the people who helped form this great nation...whether it be a lost piece of military history or a personal item of a man or woman who remembers what it was like when you had to actually had to put effort into day to day living.