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    Only 1keeper today, but it's a good one

    Up & out of the house at 5am this morning for a few hours hunt before the family even woke up. Researched the site of a cellar hole 20 minutes from my house. This site seemed to be hunted pretty good prior, but as I've heard others say, "a pounded site is never completely hunted out". I had no keepers for the first 2 hours, then I had a solid 80 VDI repeatable reading at 4" depth, right against a stone wall. After digging the plug, the target was deeper than the 4", indicating a larger target. Unfortunately, I ended up knicking the target a bit with my lesche digging tool (I thought it was a rock- rookie mistake). Got the target out & to my surprise, it was a Civil War eagle breast plate. I've been dying to find anything old with an eagle on it. Mission accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpmoose View Post
    Only 1keeper today, but it's a good one
    MAJOR understatement. That is one heck of a find !
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    Excellent find moose. Big congrats to ya
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    Very nice indeed.
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    what a great relic Kevin its a beautiful relic and certainly center piece in any ones display case. mega-congrats sir
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    That's a beauty!!! I'd kill to find one of those! You can't even see the scratch!
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    there are many variants of this 1826 designed type of shoulder belt plate but yours looks to be the enlisted man's 1856-1863 one . it should measure to 63mm across and is known as the "short arrows" version. again great piece of military history.
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    Very impressive! Congrats!
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    Really cool! Wish we had relics like that in my area of the country.

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    A lot of people would have gotten the hell out of there after 2 hours of no keepers but persistence is the key. You put in the time and earned that one Kevin. Super find and as Dan said, great center piece to display
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    A great reward for you persistence we'll earned a wonderful find!
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    Great Job. Great Find. Very cool piece of history
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    Quote Originally Posted by del View Post
    there are many variants of this 1826 designed type of shoulder belt plate but yours looks to be the enlisted man's 1856-1863 one . it should measure to 63mm across and is known as the "short arrows" version. again great piece of military history.
    Thanks for that information Dan. Yup, measures about 63mm. Now I have something good to bring to the next YTC meeting.

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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the props.

    I told the wife that she has to sleep on the couch tonight. She asked why? I said the eagle breast plate will be beside me tonight honey.

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    Congrats on the find. I wish I found something more than I did this weekend. I found a ric amount of clad in maybe a 20x30 area, but I think I need to research the spot more. There is supposed to be a field where the military drilled in the late 1600's. I found two plaques but I was unsure which of the 4 fields near the area are the true field. But Im intending to head back. And there are quite old houses near the area to do some door knocking..
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    That's an AWESOME find! if you know the name of the family that lived there, take a look into the CT CW Archives to see if you can find the persons war record.

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    Fantastic moose! Congrats!
    Amazing what's still under your feet, so close to home. Even more reason to attend the next meeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rebel View Post
    That's an AWESOME find! if you know the name of the family that lived there, take a look into the CT CW Archives to see if you can find the persons war record.

    http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/e...ry_Union_Units
    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.


    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Bri View Post
    Fantastic moose! Congrats!
    Amazing what's still under your feet, so close to home. Even more reason to attend the next meeting.

    So true. Not what I was expecting to find. You never know.

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    Awesome find for sure

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    gorgeous plate kev! you deserve that one!Congrats!
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