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1700s french musket butt plate, silver pocket watch lid, and lots of bullets and casings

ArmyDigger

Bottle digger, collector, and military historian
Dec 22, 2020
133
43
Hampton, New Hampshire
I was digging in a marshy dump behind a 1700s house in Hampton NH. Terribile business as it was fall and it was very cold mucky soupy mud and water underneath vines and bushes. Besides many bottles including 2 job moses abortion pills bottles I found the butt plate of an 1728/1746 french musket. As well as a silver pocket watch lid and many antique rimfire and centerfire bullets and casings. Some of the calibers I could identify are 44 henry rimfire, 32 rimfire, 38 rimfire , 32 center fire, 56-56 spencer, and the base of a winchester nublack 12 gauge paper shotgun shell. Also a few clay and glass marbles
 

ArmyDigger

Bottle digger, collector, and military historian
Dec 22, 2020
133
43
Hampton, New Hampshire
no pics at the moment sorry but they will come soon. Yeah there was still alot probably left there but at the time a construction crew was renovating it and gave me permission. But when I came back after the winter a rich family has since moved in and when I asked if I can have permission they got really stingy and honestly kinda rude par for the course as a fancy new jaguar was in the driveway but its alright.

Heres a link for those abortion pills if your interested tho
https://museumofhealthcare.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/sir-j-clarkes-female-pills/
 
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Len

CT LEN
Nov 14, 2020
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"Timing is everything." Maybe the new owners will change their mind if you donate to the local historical society/maybe not. If not, you did what you could... --Len
 

ArmyDigger

Bottle digger, collector, and military historian
Dec 22, 2020
133
43
Hampton, New Hampshire
yeah I've tried I told the guy whos runs the towns museum and he went over to ask and they threatened that the next guy who comes asking to dig on their property is having the police called on them.
 

embe

Well-Known Member
Jul 14, 2019
411
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yeah I've tried I told the guy whos runs the towns museum and he went over to ask and they threatened that the next guy who comes asking to dig on their property is having the police called on them.
lol "loud and clear". To be honest I wouldn't necessarily want strangers digging on my property either (for liability reasons, etc.)

I'd be interested in seeing a picture of the marbles. Most antique glass marbles were exported from Germany in the last half of the 1800's, then a handful of US companies started up in the early 1900's and started cranking them out on machines (WW1 and industrial revolution played a big part of this change).
 

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