At the end of the post will be some Big News.
|Pearl, wondering what and why.|
|What I originally thought was a broken Colonial|
flat button turned out to be an India-Bengal
Presidency "pice" circa 1810. The writing is Persian.
This is perhaps my favorite find of all time, and the
inspiration for my song, "How'd This Get Here?"
|Not sure what this was; possibly a heel plate.|
|WWII-era knapsack buttons.|
|Not sure what these little shields are. Possibly|
saddle or bridle decorations. You'll see another
later in this post, from the lawn next door.
Of course, the logical step would be to get permission to dig the next yard over. I’d left messages in their mailbox, but never heard back. In my own little head, I decided that those people were mean, angry people who would NEVER let a dirt girl onto their property. Their house was too pristine, their yard immaculate. I gave up.
Turns out, the homeowner is the nicest guy ever. Out of the blue, he texted me and was 100% into having his yard detected, plus he wanted to try it himself. I loaned him a machine and we’ve been exploring his yard together for about 6 weeks now. I’ll let the finds speak for themselves.
|Awesome homeowner with his first find. I think|
it was a penny.
|I'd be lion if I said I wasn't thrilled to dig this item, right up|
next to the house. I think it's part of an old drawer pull.
|OK. This was next to the driveway, literally five feet from the|
bumper of my 1999 Toyota Camry, and maybe 8 inches down.
I was pretty sure it was something special from the get-go,
as I'd never seen such a big button. Turns out I was right.
|Friends, this is a George Washington Inaugural|
button, the extremely rare "Dotted Script" version,
made in 1789.
|Here's what it looked like back in the day.|
No guarantees, but I'm fairly sure this beautiful item will be featured in the "Just Dug" section of the upcoming issue of American Digger Magazine. And yes, you may touch the hem of my garment.
|A realtor friend allowed me to check out a|
property she was selling and it delivered.
|Love this old buckle. It'll clean up real nice.|
|Know what this is? I didn't, but now I do:|
a Civil War powder flask. So pretty.
|This old log-splitter I pulled out of a Civil War encampment|
is back at work in our yard. Strong and functional. Clearly
glad to be of service, ma'am.
|Pretty sure this was from a West Nashville yard from last year.|
|If you think this photo was taken on a certain beloved bluff|
overlooking the Cumberland, you'd be right. My buddy Jeff
Thorneycroft designed the whole album. Nailed it.
Everyone says CDs are dead, but I dunno; I sure sell a lot of them, both at gigs and from my website, www.whithill.com.
|Many thanks to the actor friends who brought my characters|
to life for the very first time, and to those who watched and
gave such excellent feedback.