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    Working shoe buckle, Dandy

    I needed a good hike badly so I got out early Saturday early and took the long way in to an old site. When I got back to my car my GPS software said I had hiked 6 miles but it felt like 60 miles.

    I managed a tombac and a nice dandy from the lip of the cellar hole and was poking around the woods near the site and noticed what looked like the remains of an old cart path that skirted the swamp. Didn't take long and I got a screamer of a signal on this old path. It sounded too big and shallow to get excited about and to be honest if I wasn't out in the middle of the woods I would have wrote it off as a squished soda can and not even dug it up. So I was surprised when this nice little shoe buckle popped up. It wasn't more than 2 inches deep. I am sure I have left a lot of shoe buckles in ground over the years because many of them are very shallow and sound like cans.

    The chape and tongue swung freely on the brass pin when I picked it up.



    Fragment of an old cart path about 100 yards from the site :







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    Administrator del's Avatar
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    Sweet shoe buckle I bet it has a beautiful patina under the crustiness ! Great job Jeff
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    WOW, Jeff!! Great relic...and I bet you're in super shape!

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    Very cool finds. We don't see buckles like that around here. Awesome find!!
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    Great save Jeff! It's brass I assume, correct? That one should clean up nicely.

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    Thanks Gents.

    Quote Originally Posted by del View Post
    Sweet shoe buckle I bet it has a beautiful patina under the crustiness ! Great job Jeff
    Quote Originally Posted by BTV Digger View Post
    Great save Jeff! It's brass I assume, correct? That one should clean up nicely.

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    Dan, John.....the patina is shot! It's one of the uglier buckles I have. Maybe because it was just under the duff and exposed to the elements ??
    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    WOW, Jeff!! Great relic...and I bet you're in super shape!
    Drew, maybe if I got a good hike in 3 times a week instead of one, I'd be in good shape.

    Quote Originally Posted by Digger Don View Post
    Very cool finds. We don't see buckles like that around here. Awesome find!!
    Don I am sure that someone that can find a William III the first time he comes east, can find a shoe buckle the next time he comes east
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    WTG on a great save! It's amazing that these have been in the ground for so long but can still move freely.
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    SIX MILES.....I'd be dead. Very nice buckle and dandy....
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    Nice congrats! I'm still organizing last year's finds waiting for the snow to melt... Glad you're able to get out!

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    nice buckle!
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