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Item Found: Jewelry

Location: Maine

Metal Detector Used: MXT


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December 1st, 2010
     White's Electronics,

My husband, myself and a friend spent a day detecting at my aunt and uncle's house that's over 200 years old. They live in the original house, which has been very well kept, and they mow the accompanying fields as part of their lawn (a detectorist's dream spot).

I had some good finds, but one particular find made my day. I was scanning areas I thought might have been active over the years. When I headed for the front lawn I thought I'd begin to dig trash, but that wasn't the case. Signals were plentiful and the finds were enough to maintain interest.

I detected my way toward one of the trees in the front yard. Under the shade of one tree I got a solid silver signal. I pulled up a chain I thought might be a piece of wind chime from one of my uncle's bird feeders. I knew at a glance it was something else. I didn't dare to put it in a pocket and after a quick thought I headed for the house. I lifted the latch on the old refinished door and headed toward the bear claw-style cook stove in the kitchen. My aunt met me at the table where my uncle was sitting.

"Does this look familiar?" My aunt took one look at the piece I had found and she gasped. It was a charm bracelet she bought during her class trip when she graduated high school in 1951. She was in awe and couldn't believe it was found. She said she had forgotten about the bracelet, but after some thought she was able to determine it was lost over 50 years ago.

After we chatted, I left the bracelet with her and she stopped me before I reached the door. "Hey, finder's keepers!" I told her no, it was hers. It's silver and will clean up nice. All it needed was a cleaning and the clasp replaced. There was a missing charm, but I didn't discuss that with her. I headed back to the hole I had dug under the old tree and scanned for another signal. There it was... solid silver. It was the missing charm. I scanned again, and there was yet another charm.

I was unable to recover the clasp, but brought the other two charms in to my aunt. By now my uncle was amazed, shaking his head. He had put his pen and paper down, his attention drawn to the bracelet. All he could do was shake his head and look up at me. My aunt was equally in awe.

I wanted to bring the bracelet and detached charms with me to have them cleaned, repaired and returned in new condition, but I couldn't bring myself to take them from the table. All the flat buttons, Civil War button, silver, musket balls and other items recovered from the ground that day simply didn't compare. It was a successful day of detecting in every way.

Thanks, White's, for creating the MXT! It's a real winner, and as my friend John says, "Performs tremendously when operated on the edge of insanity!" That simply means running it in Relic mode with the trigger forward and the gain as high as you can possibly stand it. I LOVE it!

Donna (ME)

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