After a long winter season, I am excited to get back to metal detecting. While doing some research this winter, I came across the RingFinders.com website. After reviewing the service, I immediately knew I had to join. Because I thoroughly enjoy making people happy and I have been metal detecting for years, I knew this would be a perfect fit for me.
It began last summer when I was asked to find a friends wedding ring after loosing it in a field when he was going down a water slide. After about twenty minutes of searching with my ATPro, I got a great hit and found his ring. It was so exciting to see his expression that it just made my day. I am now working on finding another ring that was lost last summer.
As a retired Air Force veteran, I am available almost anytime to travel and find your lost treasures. A potion of any monetary rewards that I receive will be donated to my church or the Crohns & Colitis Foundation. I look forward to the opportunity of reuniting people to their lost treasure in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond.
Several months ago I received a call from Trisha. She lost a ring several years ago in the yard of a friend in Levittown Pa. We texted back & forth and set up a date. The day before we were to look for the ring she sent me a message that there was a problem and she would get back to me. She kept in touch.
This week she texted and asked what my availability was. We agreed on Sunday morning at 8 am. I started packing up my truck at 6:30, and it starts pouring. Ok, better pack my rain gear and switch my detector to waterproof.
We met, and it is raining. I put on my bright yellow rain gear, pants, and jacket. I look like I am going to be on the show Deadliest Catch. Trisha takes me to the area that she believes the ring is located in. She was playing volleyball with friends and went to serve the ball. When she hit the ball, her ring went flying. She had warned me that there are a lot of bottle caps and pull tabs in the area, she was right!! Her husband had looked several years ago with a metal detector and didn’t have any luck.
About 10 minutes into the search her friends said that she was in a different area of the yard. So I expanded my search. 2 spoons, and several trash targets later I get the tone I am listening for. About an inch down in the dirt is a beautiful gold & ruby ring.
Trica comes running down off of the porch, and I get a very big hug. She then explains the history of the ring. The ring is her best friends mothers ring. It was given to Trica after the mother past away. Her best friend had an identical ring made while her mother was still living. She hasn’t been able to tell her friend that she lost the ring. She just saw her friend yesterday, and she was still wearing the identical ring. Trisha now says that she will tell her friend the story of her ring. So much sentimental value.
Trisha stated when we met before the search that the rain would bring good luck. She also reminded me that when we first spoke on the phone that I said if the ring was in the yard, that I would find it!!
I love my hobby!!!
If you have lost a metal item, don’t waste your time renting or buying a metal detector. It takes years of practice to learn what a metal detector is trying to tell you. Call a professional.
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.
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!