Victorian Sash Pin

Victorian Sash Pin

May 1 2022 a buddy of mine Dominick and myself decided to go and do some swinging. As we say “coil to the soil”. We pulled up the historical maps of Chautauqua County, NY; 1867 map to be precise. We focused on a location in the town of Charlotte, NY. The site had been marked as an old schoolhouse.

On our way out we stopped at two sites that we did not see on the map, but we noticed the cellar hole foundations with one having a partial wall still standing. We decided to swing for a bit at this site.

This site had a lot of iron with good targets that was not too discernible. We did find some iron items but nothing of significance. After leaving the first home site we stumbled upon a home site just off the road where we were able to see a long concrete wall still standing next to some pines. This site was only about five minutes down the road from the schoolhouse we originally wanted to detect, so we decided to stop.

This site was not on the 1867 map and must have been old, at least it seemed it. You could tell by the layout and things we were finding. As it started to rain, I made my way down an old path between the cellar hole and barn heading toward some old apple trees. Walking about 20 yards toward the apple tree I received a good tone, but it wasn’t consistent. I almost want going to check with the signal it was giving.  However, after detecting for over ten years the one thing I have learned was to dig it, because you never know.

I began to dig a plug and flip the soil and grass over. I had opened up a hole about 6 to 7 inches deep and could see what had the look and color of gold! I immediately set my things down and proceeded to pull the object out of the site. To my surprise it was a gold sash pin or brooch. I quickly got some water and cleaned the find off. From what I can tell on site it’s Victorian Era. This is that find that keeps you putting the coil to the soil! It’s not too often will you find not only a great find, but in great condition. In the future I will be on the lookout for other home sites that may not be registered on the regional maps as it may just pay off again.

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