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Item Found: Jewelry

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Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0300)


May 1st, 2012

Dear White's Electronics,

With the winter frost still in the ground at manicured parks, I headed into the woods last week at one of our county forest preserves where the ground was still soft under last year's leaves.

This particular area was used extensively during the early 1900's for family picnics and camping activity and has been hunted heavily by metal detectorists during the last 20-years for its quantities of silver and copper coinage.

I chose this area because I wanted to concentrate my efforts on the lower "nickel" sounding targets that previous detectorists may have "passed over". . . and I wasn't disappointed. After finding two "pot-metal" Crackerjack prizes, a 1915 Tootsie Toy touring car and a 1920 Buffalo Nickel, I knew I was in a good place to hunt. About 20-minutes after finding the Buffalo Nickel, I located another sweet-sounding target on my V3. After digging down about seven inches, I saw the glimmer of a gold ring peeking from the side of the hole. When I finally composed myself after this exciting find, I placed the ring, mud and all, in a pill container and choose to clean it after I got home.

After I cleaned the ring, I discovered that this was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason's ring. . . in solid 14K yellow amd white gold. Unfortunately, there wasn't a name or any initials inscribed so I'll never know who it belonged to, or the story on how it was lost.

Thanks again White's for another great hunt!

All the best,

Mark

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