Detecting at an old settler’s house Pt 2

We headed back out to the old farmhouse with the X-Terra’s for another day’s detecting to see what else had been missed. There were 2 old dumping spots near the ruins which we went over and in between the junk managed to extract some nice coins and old curios.

1867 penny
1867 Penny
1877 penny
1877 Penny
1921 Half Penny
1921 Australian Half Penny

Someone had put a nail through the half penny for whatever reason. The 1867 Penny was in nice condition for the age.

There was the customary pile of buckles, shoe heels and some vintage shotgun shells.

I managed to find an interesting style of brooch that appears to have gold gilding on it. Looks to be very simply made and is probably pre-1900’s.


We found 2 old buttons close together, one is a Fire Brigade S.A. button from an old uniform and the other I believe is a button from a British soldiers uniform. Both made by Stokes & sons circa 1900.

British Army Button
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Fire Brigade S.A.

From the same area we also pulled up an Australia shoulder title and part of an American military badge which I’m still to identify.

Australia title
Australia shoulder title
american military badge
American military badge?

Down on the banks of a creek I turned up this vintage mickey mouse brooch, it has seen better days.


A few silver-plated spoons, some sort of pin and an old lid with Chinese writing.

And finally here is the gold ring we found on the first trip after a clean.

gold ring
Gold ring

Old coins found at settler’s farmhouse

We went to check out an old farmhouse ruin today which we know has had a few people detect around it. Rather then detect near the ruins we headed away from it and did the surrounding area. There was a ton of iron in the ground and the signals were not at all clear but we started getting good items straight away.

dog rego tag
1890-91 Dog Tag
dog rego tag
District 118

A little patch of ground near a winter creek below the house gave us 4 nice coins all dated 1863 – 1865.

1863 Penny
1863 Half Penny
1865 half penny
1865 Half Penny
1863 penny
1863 Penny
1865 penny
1865 Penny

There were a lot of old shells and random items in the ground which had to be dug as the coins weren’t coming up clear on the X-Terra’s. There were too many items to clean and photo so here are just a few of them.

This ring turned up just down from the farmhouse where a path to the creek most likely was. It’s a copper-alloy ring with gold gilding and carries the stamp ‘WMNC’ which is an unknown English maker and was dated approx. 1850 – 1900.

gold ring
Gold gilding visible
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‘WMNC’ stamp

On the way back to the car we hit a very noisy patch of ground around the stump of an old tree and turned up 2 more coins amongst old pieces of wire. The 1849 Penny is quite rare but it hadn’t aged well in the ground.

1849 penny1849 penny back

This threepence was just a couple of meters away from the penny.

1880 threepence

All up it was a very good dig and there is still plenty of ground to go over. It does go to show that even when people have been there before you it doesn’t mean they have found everything.