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    I made an AMAZING find today!

    Hey Diggers,
    I can't believe I dug this and didn't damage it! I was hunting an empty lot where I could tell an old house had been. The houses in that neighborhood are all circa 1880. I got a decent signal at 8 inches on my E-trac. It was a solid 12-35 and was repeatable in both directions. I dug down expecting to see an Indian Head Cent and instead popped out some sort of badge. I could tell it was stamped brass and I was surprised that both parts were there and the chain links were complete.

    I got it home and cleaned it up. A little searching on Google and I learned it is a badge from the Knights Templar Conclave that was held in August 1895 in Boston Mass. Over 20,000 KT's attended from all around the country! Each KT Commandery had their own unique badge. Mine is for the Beauseant Commandery out of Malden, Mass.

    Here's a link with more info: http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepa...25-horses.html

    Here's a couple pics and thanks for looking!
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    Elite Member Digger Don's Avatar
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    I guarantee that if I dug that, there would be a slice right in the middle from my digger.
    Most excellent Find!!! 122 years old,
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    Got part of a Knight's Templar saber clip and belt last year!

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    Global Moderator Ill Digger's Avatar
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    A what!?! From the who!?! From when!?!
    You gotta be kidin' me! That's sick!!
    I can't believe it's all there too! The pin must've came undone and just fell off.
    Great find Dave !

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    Congrats! that's a great recovery.

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    Elite Member Digger_O'Dell's Avatar
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    Wow, what in incredible save! Beautiful and rare piece of history, congrats!
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    Very cool find!
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    Pretty sweet Dave. That is a unique pin. Something from MA was hiding in IL. Grats on that find.
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    That is a really cool find.
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    Sweet find DD, I love it.

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    Very very cool. I live 20 mins from Malden. Awesome find.

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    That is a very historic find, Dave, and it is in very nice condition. How fortunate that the two pieces are still connected together. What an incredible badge!

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    Elite Member milco's Avatar
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    Stunning and historic find! Congrats!
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