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.
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 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.
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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