Again, I have been hammering the mid tones at every available opportunity – which is few and far between. I headed to a small park that has turned up an indian head penny, a buffalo nickel, and some wheaties.
So, I decided to start gridding out this ballfield area in search for gold. Part of it also doubles as a soccer field. So, I am going very slow and hitting the typical pull tabs and such. I started hitting nickels. Oooooooh, good sign. Lots of nickels means that people haven’t been searching for the yellow noble metal. Me likie. Anyway, i started gridding it out.
I hit the obligatory pull tabs. And then I hit a nice higher tone on the far side. First thing out of the hole was a really nice piece of old porcelain. Wow, a tell tale sign of an old spot. Next out of the hole is an old suspender buckle. Very cool. Still more in the hole. I dig more and out comes another piece of copper, which is still in my finds box. I will fish that out later. I forget what that piece is, but I remember seeing examples of it.
In any case, I finished out a few more lines, but no gold. Again, I know if I am persistent, I will find gold – no question about it. Of course, you need to go where it is likely to be – and sports fields are definitely a good place to go!
So, I went home and cleaned the buckle off. Interestingly, it says, “Fisk, Clark, and Flagg” on the back. Well, I looked that company up as I had never heard of it. Which is saying something as I have found some cool stuff – buckles being part of it. There is always history to discover and unveil. That is a major part of what I love about this hobby. You uncover your local history in a way that is living, active, and exciting!
Anyway, I found some interesting ads in old periodicals (thank you internet!) for their buckles and such. Here is a period ad:
And here is a “celebrity” ad that I thought was really cool:
After a little research I found out that they operated in the late 1800s. Well, that definitely fits with some of the other things I have found on this site. But I have never found anything in this area. Which makes me think I should just go ahead and grid this entire area out. Which I will over time. Interestingly, I also found in a NY Times articles from 1902 that Thomas Flagg, one of the owners of this company, died under strange circumstances in NY. His body was found, floating in the harbor in 1902. He was in his seventies. Yeah, I guess he had to “go for a swim.” In any case, these finds really connect you with history:
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