Location: New York
Metal Detector Used: Other (NONE)
On Aug 25, 2009, I was at the park where I have been finding deep old coins, the land used to be part of the house next door which was built in 1727. The house is now part of the historical society and the caretaker told me about a spot I should try in the field as it hadn't been tampered by any modifications to the property (IE parking lot, land fill , etc).
The next day, I did a short hunt and found this lovely old silver napkin ring. It's about 2" x2.5" diameter, 3/4" wide, and I inspected it, no silver markings, but It has initials of C F K. The initials matched the name of owner who bought the house in 1773 and was the first physician of Saugerties, NY, the Kirsted family & family descendants lived there well into the Late 1800s.
So, I called the president of the Historical Society and met up with her. She was really excited about this, and the napkin ring is from 1830-1850, and we were able to match up the initials to a family member, which is really great. They are going to have a big exhibit in October, in which the napkin ring will also be part of.
As much as I would of loved to keep the napkin ring, as its probably one of my best finds of the year, I know I did the right thing for all to enjoy.Scott