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Item Found: Relic

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Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)


February 1st, 2010
 
Dear White's,

The days were numbered for the "Jonathan Wilcox" house which stood for 239 years. Although the preservation society had tried to save it, it was beyond restoring. My son Paul and I were fortunate enough to get to detect the grounds with our DFX a few times before the bulldozers took their wrath.

We found a few large cents, a nice brooch and a really cool federal period eagle drawer pull. Well last week, I drove by and the house was gone. All that remained was a vacant lot and piles of dirt. I told my son and he said lets go check the dirt piles. It was raining and I was pretty skeptical about finding anything but he persisted and talked me into it.
So off we went with our trusty DFX.

We scanned the piles that were pushed into the cellar hole and our first signal turned out to be the most beautifully preserved colonial shoe buckle, but it gets better. We proceeded to find our oldest silver ever, a 17?? Spanish half Reale!! Then came the 1803 draped bust cent that looked like it was dropped that day! It must have been protected by the house or foundation.

Well I'm glad I listened to my son because we had the best day ever. The best and most surprising part was that my son suggested that because this house was such an important part of our town's history and many people will miss it that we put it all together in a display case and donate it to the town's historical society. We are in the process of doing just that.

Richard and Paul
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