Over the past year of metal detecting I have narrowed down what has been my best “hot spot” for me. From this small area of a stream, I have over 50 wheat cents, 23 silver coins (including a war nickle, two walking liberty half dollars, a barber quarter, & a barber half dollar), a silver brooch, a silver bracelet, and two gold rings.
By far, the WWII sterling silver bracelet shown in the photo is my most awesome find from this area. It has “H. McCormick 33574053”. I quickly realized this is not a phone number or not a SSN. It is a military id.
A quick google search brings back his military record. On further searching now with his full name, I have found that he has passed away on July 5, 2011. His wife has also passed away since. I’m currently trying to track down one of his daughters. I have tried sending a message and making a friend request over facebook. I have also tried what had turned out to be a disconnected phone number.
Typically on the Ring Finders, we get calls from people who knew they lost something and need help recovering it. This entry is a bit backwards from how we work but I believe this has the potential of being an amazing story to share.
I will keep this post updated and hope to change the title to “WWII Bracelet Returned to Family”.
I have been able to get in touch with the family. I spoke with the brother of Holmes. He was able to verify all the information and confirm that this bracelet belonged to his brother. He indicated this was probably lost sometime around 1945-49. He was familiar with the stream and said his brother did swim there. He got in touch with his niece (a daughter of Holmes). I am very happy and honored to have mailed the bracelet to the family. It is rare that when I find something I am able to identify who it belong to. It is even rarer that I can get it back to their family.
Yesterday I got a call about a lost ring. The person noticed the ring was missing at work and it was believed to be lost when cleaning snow off his car prior to work. He went home at lunch and was unable to find the ring as plows had come through and cleaned up the parking lot. I drove to his apartment that night. It was probably the coldest we had seen all winter and it was a bit dark out. I had my trusty AT Gold detector (seems fitting to use it to find a gold ring), my AT Pinpointer, a head lamp, a snow shovel, and was bundled up.
(Sorry for the image quality, it was dark and very cold! I was eager to get back in my car.)
I started scanning where his car was but it was obvious it wasn’t going to be right there. Then I made my way to in front of the car where the plow had pushed the snow. I got two hits that I was fairly certain were not the ring. I moved snow around anyway to make sure. Then about 10 minutes from the time I pulled out my detector I was certain I had a good target. I shoveled a large scoop of snow out onto the parking lot and for a moment couldn’t find the target again. Then I scanned a large chunk of snowy ice that had rolled away and sure enough I had the signal again. We started breaking up the chunk and out popped his ring.
As it was fairly close to my house and didn’t take long at all, I refused his offer for gas money and asked that he donate to a charity of his choice.
I love to metal detect (usually not in weather that cold) and love when I find something of value. In this case the ring was a gift from his mother.
I received an email late this past Saturday night indicating a woman had lost her Wedding and Engagement Rings. Her husband was looking for some advice and some help. He was about to rent a metal detector. I decided to loan out my second detector and we both searched for the rings. I was circling out around a campfire ring where they were believed to be lost. He had started looking and within a few minutes he had found one of her rings. We move a few feet from the first find and found the second ring.
I was so glad to help this couple. As I don’t do this as a full time business and didn’t have to travel far, I was happy to help for free. I asked that they pay it forward, help a friend in need, or donate to a good cause.
I am very please to have found my first ring as a member of the Ring Finders organization. I was contacted by someone who had lost their wedding band just outside of Harrisburg PA. The ring was lost on a service road that isn’t maintained which originally made it difficult to get to as we had several snow storms just after the ring was lost. On our first available day with no snow, we made our way up this steep unmaintained stone road.
I was very glad that the person took great care to make mental notes of how and where he lost it. He described the scene to me. The road was on a rather steep hill and when it was lost there was lots of ice and snow. I assumed it would have roll or slid a bit so I worked from the lower end up thinking I would find it along the road. I made one sweep up the road when I looked into the brush along side and visibly found the ring. It only took 15-20 minutes, but it felt great to find something so specials as a wedding band.
I’m very excited to be joining The Ring Finders. I’m looking forward to being able to help anyone who has lost something valuable to them in central or eastern Pennsylvania, or even parts of northern Maryland. If in doubt, contact me and I’ll try my best to help you out. It doesn’t need to be a ring. I could help if you lost or are interested in any of the following:
- Lost jewelry
- Lost keys (those remote entry fobs are expensive)
- Moving from your house and want to see if you left something behind
- Have an interesting or historic property and want to learn more about it
- Insurance companies – need help finding a lost item for their client
- Historical societies – have a project to recover and display historical items
- Recovering buried coins (at a point in our history, people didn’t trust banks and would bury money on their property)
Thanks to Chris for providing this great service for people who have lost something and those who have a passion for metal detecting!