Recovered Relics

Below are actual photos of some of the many relics I have recovered from the United States and the United Kingdom. I have included detailed sample photos for reference if my recovered item was in rough shape. All of these are "natural" finds. I have never participated in a seeded hunt.

Medieval lead seal matrix (13th century).

This seal was recovered very close to Whittington Castle in March of 2018 and is currently being researched.

Info by - A seal matrix is normally used for making an impression on a wax seal, to authenticate a document or to fix it closed. They have a design and inscription, usually added to the matrix by engraving, which can bear the name, arms or monogram of their owner. This was recovered very close to Whittington Castle.

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King James I Trade Weight (1603-1625).

Quarter of an ounce round trade weight of James 1st circa 1603-25. The weight is of the 'stacking cup' type. The upper has the following stamped marks, the sword of St Paul, an ewer (the London Founders mark), and a crowned 'I' to denote James 1st.

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Georgian Bell Trade Weight (1714-1837).

The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to c. 1830–37, named after the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. The sub-period that is the Regency era is defined by the regency of George IV as Prince of Wales during the illness of his father George III.

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Late 1700s/Early 1800s Thimble.

This was found within a 10 foot radius of the Tombac button and the 1785 2 Reales, so I'm guessing it's in the same time range.

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Independence Hall Memento.

A theory shared with me by other detectorists is that it's some kind of memento (poured lead mold), perhaps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall.

I am proud to say that in January 2018, this relic was donated to the Independence National Historical Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior at the request of the Chief Curator.

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Smokehouse Lock - 1830s-1870s estimated age

Smokehouses rose in popularity as they were a means of preserving food, but the structure was under constant threat of theft by animals and humans alike. The answer would simply be called the smokehouse padlock. These wrought iron padlocks were made with warded keyways so that notches on the key would have to fit the specific obstructions in the keyway. A hole in the key would fit in a protrusion on the inside of the lock, which would provide a swivel point for the key to line up with the warding. (source:

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