5 Types of Antiques Commonly Found By Metal Detectors

We all enjoy things that remind us of our past; and this is one of the many reasons so many different people like to collect antiques. Going antiquing is a favorite hobby for many as well, and, of course, adds to those antique collections! Another way to build an antique collection is to go metal detecting.

While you never know what you’ll find when you’re out metal detecting, it’s almost always something old. You’ll also find that since many objects were made of metal in the past there are a variety of types of antiques you might unearth with a metal detector. The following are five of the most common types of antiques found while metal detecting.

Jewelry

Hair pins, earrings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, you name it, that type of jewelry has been found with a metal detector. Most jewelry has at least one metal part, usually more making it an easy find for a metal detector. Often the gems and stones are still intact as well to make an even more exciting treasure.

Coins

Coins area a very popular metal detecting find.  Many aren’t antiques, but quite a few others are!  And, when you find that Indian Head, or Flying Eagle, “farm fresh”, right out of the ground, it’s so much better than buying it at the antique store there’s no comparison.

Glass Bottles

Believe it or not many types of antique glass bottles have been found by metal detectors. This is possible because although the bottle itself is glass, there is often a metal cap, or closure that the machine will hit on. Antique glass bottles are also often found as part of a treasure cache in which the metal detector located the other metal objects in the cache, or the container itself as opposed to the glass bottles; which ended up to be an unexpected bonus!

Buttons and Buckles

Buttons and buckles were common metal items worn in the past. They’re not common anymore though and when these treasures are found by a metal detector, most antique collectors get very excited!

Toys, Heirlooms and Home Decor

Family heirlooms, precious metal toys and home decor items of the past like picture frames, ornaments, tableware, mirrors, and other objects like these were usually made at least in part from metals and are quite frequently found when out metal detecting. Many individuals enjoy searching for toys with a metal detector. These are exciting finds because they give a unique glimpse into the owner’s life at the time, and life at that period of history in general as well.

These are just five of the many types of antiques that can be found with a metal detector! So, if you enjoy collecting antiques, a metal detector may be just the thing you need to enhance your collection with all kinds of different types of antiques while having fun with a brand new hobby as well.

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Discovery Channel’s “Rebel Gold:” Biggest Mystery in American History Remains Unsolved

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Discovery Channel’s new TV series “Rebel Gold” wrapped up a few weeks ago with the final episode “Confederate Fortune.” This exciting treasure hunting series depicted the real-life triumphs and struggles treasure hunters encounter when metal detecting, reading maps and trying to track down a treasure cache. The “Rebel Gold” team’s mission: to uncover the missing Confederate treasury which disappeared while in the hands of Confederate president Jefferson Davis at the end of the Civil War. Davis fled Richmond, Virginia in April, 1865—allegedly hauling 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and kegs of pennies on a southbound train. Worth $20 million today, relic hunters have attempted to locate this treasure cache for the past 150 years. Many of the the “Rebel Gold” crew members have been individually searching for the Confederate treasure for years. These 7 treasure hunters are among the best in the U.S., so it seemed a real possibility that together—they would be able to locate ‘said’ treasure. As the series unfolded, the team broke into two groups: Team Larry Cissna (with Pete Eles and Dan Yarrusso)  and Team Brant Arnold (with Tracy Short, Mike Scott and Earl Mesimer). Both Larry and Brant have strong opinions about where the fortune lies based on their own research and expertise.

Washington, Georgia: The Last Stop of the Treasure Train

This was Jefferson Davis’ final stop—the last place where millions in Rebel Gold was actually seen. Since part of the treasure was left at a local bank, the team knows for certain it could be in this vicinity. The gold was definitely confiscated by Union troops when they arrived in Georgia. And records show that the same treasure was hijacked a few days later at a nearby plantation. Brant has his sights set on finding part of the stolen treasure; while Larry is convinced that Jefferson Davis kept most of the treasure until just before his capture. Larry’s profound take on this conquest, “There is no bigger treasure to look for and find!”

Team Brant’s Mission: Locate the Gold Heist Site

Brant’s team further investigates a 150-year-old crime scene—the site where $13 million in coins were stolen. New research points to a different homestead: the “David Moss” house. Tips the team received, in addition to the discovery of Tennessee Cavalry bullets, prove that history books are wrong. The heist did not occur at the Chennault Plantation, as earlier believed. They followed tree lines to locate the home’s since-demolished foundation. Great clues were uncovered, including a hand-dug well (indicates a home site), early pieces of cooking pots, wagon parts and a horse bit. Perhaps the most interesting find was a “wrist-breaker:” a saber used by the Confederate cavalry. Brant believes it was carried by a Tennessee Cavalry man.

Team Larry’s Search: Follow in Davis’ Footsteps

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

Larry’s team heads deeper south to dredge up evidence of the fleeing Confederate president and his men. Larry knows that on May 7, 1865, Confederate forces crossed the Dublin River to evade oncoming Union soldiers. Since there was no bridge, many travelers swam or rode horses across. In their haste, could some of the treasure have fallen into the river? Dan Yarrusso (water specialist) puts his expertise to work—using a dredge to lead Larry’s team through the swampy waters. The team was pumped after uncovering a bridle bit, ornate hardware from an old wagon and other period artifacts. This means the wagon train was here 150 years ago! Other amazing Civil War finds include an enfield bullet, a Confederate gunpowder container and military buttons. Unfortunately, no spilled Confederate coins were located; instead, all signs indicated that the trains continued on from the Dublin River.

The biggest mystery in American history remains unsolved. It is disappointing that the “Rebel Gold” crew came up empty-handed after extreme efforts to find the Confederate treasure. Each man on this quest gave it their all. This just proves how difficult and intricate the process is to uncover a treasure cache! At this juncture, Larry and Brant agree (strongly!) to disagree. Brant will take his team and head to Tennessee. With his new evidence, he believes the Tennessee Cavalry made it back home with the loot. Larry believes that Davis was shrewd enough to hand off the treasure before his capture—with its end goal: to arrive in Texas. Therefore, Larry’s team will continue their search in Texas.

Will the Discovery Channel follow these men on future treasure hunting endeavors? We can only hope so… This has been one thrilling metal detecting adventure!

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

“Rebel Gold” team members each have their own favorite high-quality metal detectors. Among them, you’ll see popular units including the Teknetics T2 metal detector and the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the XP DEUS, Teknetics G2 + and Fisher F19, as well. Professional treasure hunters also utilize metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

New Video: MetalDetector.com Winner Un-Boxes His Prize

Recently we had a sweepstakes giveaway for new subscribers over on our YouTube Channel. We were thrilled when John, one of the winners, made a video as his way of thanking us for his prize. Check out his quick video below as he un-boxes the prize, a backpack carry bag from Teknetics Metal Detectors.

 

Tonight on Discovery Channel’s “Rebel Gold:” The Confederate Treasure is Within Reach!

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

“Rebel Gold” on the Discovery Channel has been a captivating journey so far. We’re only 3 episodes into this new TV series and it’s easy to see why people are already hooked! “Rebel Gold” refers to hidden caches of Confederate gold lost after the US Civil War. This series is following 7 treasure hunters who are on a mission to find the lost Confederate treasure—last seen in the hands of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. At an estimated $20 million, treasure hunter Mike Scott explains, “This is one of the most compelling treasure stories in American history.” Each of the “Rebel Gold” team members is an expert in their field: Earl Mesimer is a bullet expert, Tracy Short is a safety expert, Pete Eles is a renowned relic expert, Brant Arnold is a Confederate troop expert, Mike Scott is a professional treasure hunter who has found millions in gold and silver on worldwide digs, Larry Cissna is a treasure hunter who has been searching for the Confederate treasure for 32 years and Dan Yarrusso is a water and deep hunting specialist.

Somewhere along the 500 miles of train tracks from Richmond, Virginia to Washington, Georgia, it’s believed the treasure was stashed. Last Tuesday’s episode took us to Washington, Georgia—the last stop on the Confederate Army’s treasure train. On May 3, 1865,  Davis and company arrived in Washington with the Rebel Gold in tow. With Union troops on his heels, Davis decided to split up the treasure. He left $450,000 in gold coins at a local bank; gave a portion of the gold to treasure guards to be paid to the remaining troops and kept the rest on person while fleeing further south to Irwinville, Georgia. It’s up to the “Rebel Gold” crew to unravel the mystery of where it now lies.

Team Brant vs. Team Larry: Is this a Contest?

The group divides into two teams: Larry Cissna’s team (with Pete Eles and Dan Yarrusso) and Brant Arnold’s team (with Tracy Short, Mike Scott and Earl Mesimer). Both team leaders have different theories about where the fortune was hidden based on their years of research and  Confederate treasure hunting experience. Brant believes the key to finding the treasure lies in locating Confederate campsites. This is where the treasure guards would have stayed and possibly hidden or dumped some of the gold. Larry is certain that Jefferson Davis maintained the treasure—so to follow in his footsteps in Washington, Georgia will lead to the gold. Larry believes Davis may have dropped off some of the loot with an entrusted friend here.

Team Brant’s Search: Treasure Guard’s Campsite Near Train Depot

Brant Arnold’s team makes a bee-line to a former Antebellum plantation located in close proximity to the Washington Train Depot. This was Davis’ last stop, where Confederate gold was unloaded. According to historical records, the Kentucky Cavalry were Davis’ last-standing treasure guards—and Brant believes they may have buried some of the treasure. His team enlists the help of an excavator to dig up a possible Confederate campsite. They are looking for evidence of the treasure guards; and AMAZINGLY, the team finds brass grommets which would have supported tarps or tents. Next, they uncover an “enfield bullet”- a Civil War specimen that Brant knows for certain belonged to the Tennessee Cavalry. This proves perplexing, because the Tennessee Cavalry was never supposed to have been in this part of Georgia. Now, things get interesting… The Union troops commandeered the gold which was left by Davis at the local bank. A few days later, at the Chennault Plantation, this gold was stolen from the Union men. Could the Tennessee Cavalry have stolen the gold back?? This would mean the history books are wrong! $13 million in gold has never been recovered from this robbery! The Chennault Plantation yields a few Civil War relics, but no evidence of a robbery/skirmish.

Team Larry’s Search: Calloway Plantation – Wealthy Confederate Supporters

Larry’s uncanny knowledgeable about the Civil War and instincts take the team straight to the Calloway Plantation. Recently, a pair of local detectorists found coins that date back to the Confederacy right in the area. Larry believes that Davis left a portion of the treasure here with wealthy southern supporters. The team digs deep into the floorboards of the slave quarters, using a backhoe to get to the foundation. Civil War-era bottles were found here, but no buried treasure. At the main house, Dan Yarrusso uses GPR (ground penetrating radar) to search hundreds of feet below the ground’s surface. The technology pays off when they find a tunnel underground. And although Larry is hoisted into the treacherous cavern, it turns out to be an old outhouse. The “Rebel Gold” crew is sincerely disappointed, walking away from this area empty-handed.

“Confederate Fortune” Airs Tonight on Discovery Channel: New Information Changes Everything!

Last week’s cliffhangers left us on the edge of our seats! First, a local resident shows Larry a Confederate belt buckle he found in his backyard, just as the team uncovered “lab bullets” straight out of Richmond, Virginia. This means they are on the right trail. Larry hopes to follow Davis’ path to gold. Brant got an “insider tip” from an old friend and scholar leading his team to a new location never documented in the history books. Allegedly, the “Moss House” is the real site of the stolen Confederate gold heist. This is history in the making you definitely don’t want to miss!

The Fisher F75 Metal Detector is one of the units used by the Rebel Gold team of researchers and investigators.

The Fisher F75 Metal Detector is one of the units used by the Rebel Gold team of researchers and investigators.

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Episode 4: “Confederate Fortune” airs October 6, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

“Rebel Gold” team members each have their own favorite high-quality metal detectors. Among them, you’ll see popular units including the Teknetics T2 metal detector and the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19, as well. We saw for the first time, another top unit on last week’s show, the Deus metal detector from XP Metal Detectors. Professional treasure hunters also utilize metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for “Rebel Gold” episode previews and descriptions!

 

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Big Winter Sale on Metal Detectors 2016 from MetalDetector.com

Top Deals on Metal Detectors, Accessories and Promotional Offers:

Our 2016 Big Winter Sale on Metal Detectors is Here! – Updated Jan 8, 2016

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our 2015 Big metal detector Sales promotion.

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our 2016 Big Winter metal detector Sales promotion.

Everyone at MetalDetector.com works hard to make your Winter traditions come to life. Whether this is your first time visiting our website or we have already become part of your annual tradition – we appreciate your support of our family business over this past year.

No matter where you are located, you can take advantage of our annual MetalDetector.com Winter Sale on metal detectors. Beginning now and running through Midnight February 28, 2016, you will find our best metal detector deals and special values. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments. Our Learning Library of metal detectors and the buying guide articles section is a great place to learn about selecting equipment. It’s a great resource on metal detectors and accessories for those just getting started with metal detecting.

Here are the offers included in our 2016 Winter Metal Detector Sale:

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Remember, as you shop metal detectors, these special promotional offers are good only at MetalDetector.com and valid while supplies last.  Be sure to take advantage of these offers now as they end at Midnight on February 28, 2016. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments.