This guy seemed to find a few artifacts from the American Civil War right in his backyard. First, he found a war buckle and then he found the same soldier’s infantry button, with the characteristic eagle insignia. The finder’s home wasn’t even on an old battle encampment or battlefield, but it was probably the private property of an ex-soldier back in the 1800s.
This guy should definitely dedicate a few days to digging around the entire area, because who knows what other war artifacts he might find. There might actually be an entire treasure trove of Civil War relics.
A 1930s Printing Plate for Nose Drop Ads
Maybe the person who found this won’t be able to pawn it off for a hefty sum, but they can definitely be happy about discovering a piece of history. This stamp-looking plate was actually a printing plate used in a letterpress machine in order to print an ad in the newspaper. Before the Linotype was invented, each letter printed in the press had to be set by hand.
This particular one is of an advertisement for Penetro Nose Drops, from the 1930s. What is fantastic about these drops is that they claimed to alleviate everything from chest congestion to head colds and indigestion. The list of ingredients must be quite interesting.
A Graduation Ring Returned to Its Rightful Owner
One of the best things that can happen when finding treasures with a metal detector is being able to return them to their owners – especially when they are of such great sentimental value. This University of Michigan graduation ring is one such example of a heartwarming story.
A guy who was doing some metal detecting in Chicago Park found a graduation ring from the 1980s, and after a lot of research, he managed to track its owner down and return it to him. The man said he had lost it 43 years ago while playing volleyball in the park, and he was in tears when it was returned to him.
A Collection of Old Jewelry
We don’t know how much time it took this guy to find that amount of jewelry, but he’s certainly amassed an impressive collection. Although there are no antique pieces here, it is not that big of a surprise considering they were found in Australia, which is a relatively new country.
However, there must be a lot of people looking for their lost rings and bracelets; in fact, the finder even returned two gold rings to their owners. It might not have thousands of years of history, but that is still quite a large collection of things to find buried in the ground.
An 11th-Century Viking Brooch
The Vikings were one of the most amazing civilizations to ever exist, considered fearless sea warriors who conquered everything they touched. So logically, finding any piece of that time in history is absolutely incredible. This woman found a beautiful Viking-era brooch while metal detecting in Finland, and the local museum confirmed it was an original artifact from that period.
The carefully engraved spirals on the bronze heart-shaped brooch were one of the many things that made the Vikings so particular. Even though the brooches were mostly functional for holding clothes in place, they were often engraved with intricate designs and precious gems they found during their travels. They might have been barbaric, but they certainly had style.