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10-02-2014, 08:36 PM
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Didn't have a lot of finds last two days except for this spoon today (and only spent 2 hours out in one large location) below the base of a tree in the middle of 10 acres of woods. Was down about 3 inches in dry peat and covered with small roots and a little dry clay. How it got there I have no idea, but found the hallmark and it's 20 grams of .925. Probably somebody out hunting with a lunch from the wife or maybe a couple of people having a deep woods picnic with the kids. Anyway, I cleaned it up with the old "Thumbs and Toothpaste" scrub and it came out pretty nice. Although the patent states 1924, it could have been made more recently. I found the pattern but have to do more research to see when they stopped making them. That'll give me a clue as to maybe when it was lost. Found it next to an old Cottonwood.

No coinage yet except for some clad. Rain expected again so I'm going out in it.

Have a great time out there and Happy Hunting.

Ed


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10-02-2014, 08:40 PM
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Wow !!! sweet find Ed ...
that`s got some good weight to it too. really nice.
and good job on the ID, some of those older spoons can be tricky to ID.
there where so many silver smiths back in the day, makes it a real chore finding hallmarks that match sometimes ...
a fat 925 is as good as a silver coin any day ... really nice catch ...

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10-02-2014, 08:54 PM
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Nice find Ohio Yes

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10-02-2014, 09:14 PM
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Cool spoon.  I wonder how it got all bent.  Maybe it was Papa bear's porridge spoon.

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10-02-2014, 09:29 PM
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(10-02-2014 09:14 PM)PittsburghWill Wrote:  Cool spoon.  I wonder how it got all bent.  Maybe it was Papa bear's porridge spoon.

Will, that's why I think it was a picnic with the kids. Kids digging with a spoon. But on the convex side it looks like it has teeth marks on it. Like from a Raccoon. Maybe a coon stole it from a picnic or camping site if it had food on it. They drag all kinds of stuff everywhere.

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10-02-2014, 09:39 PM
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the way parents and people protect their silverware now a days, i would say it had to be dropped or lost quite a while back, when was the last time any of us went on a picnic and took along real silver to eat off.


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i always hated eating of their spotted dirty looking tableware, so i took my own ..Tongue
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10-02-2014, 09:47 PM
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(10-02-2014 09:39 PM)IndianaBones Wrote:  the way parents and people protect their silverware now a days, i would say it had to be dropped or lost quite a while back, when was the last time any of us went on a picnic and took along real silver to eat off.


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ok i confess , i used to take my own 1887 Gorham Silverware to restaurants,
i always hated eating of their spotted dirty looking tableware, so i took my own ..Tongue


BONES! Well I agree with that. Back in the day silver flatware was "the" thing! There were no stainless or plastic spoons. A proper picnic was with silver because that's all they had. And you may be correct, maybe they just dropped it. No streams or rivers real close to wash utensils. Those are canine type teeth marks though. I'm looking up cm's on bite puncture distance to give me a clue as to what species may have picked it up.

And yes, I am that anal!!!

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10-02-2014, 09:50 PM
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Nice find Ed!

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10-02-2014, 09:58 PM
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that`s true silver was the rage ... back in 1675 when Joseph Copeland Americas first pewter maker started making pewterware people where selling off their silverware for the new metal. little did they know it broke much easier, and also deteriorates quickly in the dirt, that is why very little older pewter items are dug up ...
someone made a killing on that deal back in the day ... ...

gonna be neat if you can ID the teeth spacing and species of animal that created the bite marks ... detectorforensics

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10-02-2014, 10:51 PM
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This is interesting.  It would take some real bite pressure to do that.

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