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    clay reacted to LipCa in Another Mystery Target   
    https://www.google.com/search?q=vintage+green+reflector&sxsrf=ALeKk022fJn2KBCke_eJDlO80pd9OxgkAQ:1601163666750&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi9tdW8_4fsAhWNHjQIHSDJDBMQ_AUoAnoECAsQBA&biw=1420&bih=955#imgrc=swx-ko67gRjDPM
     
    close?
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    clay reacted to SlowNLow in Another Mystery Target   
    Navigation lights from a UFO, apparently it malfunctioned, better search the area for strange objects that you may have missed. 
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    clay reacted to Jennifer Bond in Another Mystery Target   
    You found someone's glass eye.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Trying to date this Eagle, any ideas?   
    Thanks Clay! You were right, I cleaned off the back and it says SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO. I appreciate it!
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    clay got a reaction from Jim P. in Trying to date this Eagle, any ideas?   
    That's a stock Army general service button. They were made from 1902 until the present.
    It probably says "SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO" on the back. If it doesn't it's probably made between 1960 and the present.
    You can probably narrow down the date a bit by studying here:
    https://inkspotantiques.com/?main_page=page&id=10
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    clay got a reaction from geof_junk in Trying to date this Eagle, any ideas?   
    That's a stock Army general service button. They were made from 1902 until the present.
    It probably says "SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO" on the back. If it doesn't it's probably made between 1960 and the present.
    You can probably narrow down the date a bit by studying here:
    https://inkspotantiques.com/?main_page=page&id=10
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    clay reacted to MikeT in Some Fun Au Facts   
    Cool information Chris...Thanks
    BTW:I'm glad I'm not in the atom counting business.
     
    Mike
     
     
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    clay reacted to SlowNLow in Mystery artifact from the Mother Lode!   
    Found one a few weeks back, its a Chinese weight scale weight...

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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Freshly Dug Desert Gold!   
    A good friend spent a couple of weeks out in the Arizona desert social distancing and swinging his Minelab GPZ 7000 metal detector. The photo below is of all the gold he found, which totals over an ounce. The two biggest nuggets combined weighed in at 14-grams. Congratulations on your success, you added some beautiful pieces to the collection! Thank you again for letting me share with everyone. 

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    clay reacted to LipCa in Claim search   
    Back to topic..... LandMatters
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    clay reacted to AZhunter in Over 20 years between pictures   
    Hey All,
       The pictures are at least 20 years apart.  The first picture is taken along a major gold bearing creek here in Arizona, probably in the mid 90's.  The second picture was taken a few years back around Central, Arizona.  One guys aged gracefully, while the other turned GRAY!  I'll let you guess the characters 🙂
    Great memories and a lot of gold found over those years together.  
    Rob


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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Hitting an old patch with the GPZ!   
    I was able to get out into the desert a while back to hit one of my old patches with the Minelab GPZ 7000. This was a spot I had done really well over the years with the GPX machines and taken a lot of nuggets from. Most of the pieces were less than 3 grams, but a few were in the ¼ and ½ oz. range. I knew it would be a great spot for the 7000 because all the easy, obvious targets were gone, and I thought most all the trash would be too…at least that’s what I thought. 
    Within five minutes I picked up my first nugget. I use the term nugget loosely because it probably only weighed 0.1g. I kept spiraling around the hillside and was blown away by how many small bits of trash were still left. Some of the wire fragments that sounded off on the GPZ blew me away; I could barely see them in my hand! I even found a target in one of my old dig holes.
    Most of what I pulled from the old patch was trash, but I did walk away with 18 nuggets for a grand total of about 6-grams. Not too shabby. The GPZ is a heavy machine, and to be honest I still prefer the “feel” of my GPX, especially when putting in long days. However, if you don’t mind digging lots of holes chasing small targets, the 7000 will pull even the tiniest nuggets at amazing depths. I was totally impressed...Now only if they can get the electronics of a 7000 inside an Equinox housing!  Happy hunting everyone – stay safe!
     



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    clay reacted to schiara in Mystery artifact from the Mother Lode!   
    It’s a Chinese character and means one wood. Think it part of a song.
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    clay reacted to desertpilot in Claim search   
    Mylandmatters.org
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Friend scores a new Nugget Patch!!!   
    This beautiful spread of nuggets was found recently by a good friend of mine here in the southwest. He said that the entire patch fit inside a 200 square-foot oval piece of ground. Everything was found with his Minelab GPZ 7000. The nuggets all appear to be fairly rough with some attached host rock. What amazes me is the variation in color amongst the gold. Some nuggets appear more orangish suggesting copper, while the others look to have more silver in them. It makes me wonder if everything came from the same vein, or if perhaps there were several different stringers that all combined to form the patch. Either way this is a heck of a nice haul and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy!
    He asked to remain anonymous, so I won’t say much other than he is a true inspiration. He is dealing with some major health issues that would have had most folks bed ridden and depressed. Instead he is out there digging holes in the desert making the most out of each day. He is an amazing guy whom I’m proud to call a friend. As the Ozzies would say, “Good on ya mate!”  
     

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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Nice chunky piece! Almost a 1/2 oz.   
    This amazing find comes from another great friend and customer. He recently scored this beautiful 10-grammer with his Minelab GPZ 7000 here in Arizona. From the short video clip he also sent, the hole looked at least about 20” deep, maybe more. What a gorgeous nugget – well done!!! 
    I wanted to personally thank everyone that has been sending me photos of their recent finds. Not only do I love seeing this stuff, I know our forum & social media followers do too! Please keep them coming!
     

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    clay reacted to matt in Don't walk away Renee.... detect, even if not detecting.....   
    You have me mistaken for somebody else. Adam and I have never met nor do I live in Arizona. Actually I have not been to Arizona since attending U of A for a couple years, but that was 30 years ago!
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    clay reacted to Gerard in Weekend Success; added a few more grams   
    Hey Chris,  
    Wonderful Chunky Nuggets there diggin deep holes hidden beneeth the trash! Proving that persistence pays off in the end!!!
    One time I dug an old Miners enameled plate down three and a half feet that had a wonderful sweet signal with my GPX4500.   I had to come back a week later with a shovel to finish the job! I could only get down 2.5 feet with only çvv v my pick...  I was hoping for a one pound nugget!!! Lol!  all that it was a beat up miners Plate
    As for the Schilling Lid... it could have been a number of food products.
    Schilling sold dc Coffee, baking soda and spices. I found in one article that in 1916 Schilling came out with “Schillings Best”.
    AUGUST SCHILLING arrived in San Francisco from Germany in 1870 at 16 years of age and soon entered the service of J. A. Folger & Co. Schilling’s great drive, initiative and intelligence won him early recognition. About the time he became legally of age, he was made a partner in the business, and the firm name was changed to Folger, Schilling & Co.

    Late in 1879 George F. Volkmann was employed by Folger, Schilling & Co. as shipping clerk and soon attracted the attention of the partners. In 1881 Folger and Schilling decided to separate. Each of them offered Volkmann a partnership and he accepted Schilling’s offer. Folger continued the business and resumed the firm name of J. A. Folger & Co., under which it operates to this day.

    The partnership of A. Schilling & Company was formed on September 8, 1881, with August Schilling having a two-thirds interest. At that time both men were 27 years old, having been born in or near Bremen, Germany, in February 1854. However, they were not known to each other while there.

    Their first business location was at 122 Davis Street, San Francisco, where they engaged in the processing of coffee, tea, baking powder, spices, extracts and some other unrelated products which they supplied to the grocery trade. Many grades were offered and, as was the custom of the time, all were adulterated in varying degrees. For example, coffee was mixed with chicory, tea was artificially colored, cinnamon was mixed with almond shells, etc. However, their Pioneer Baking Powder was pure, consisting of refined grape cream of tartar and Englishbicarbonate of soda. The label on the can pictured a typical miner of 49er days bearing a pickax on his shoulder.
     
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    clay reacted to dick ward in Backyard Surprise!   
    😎

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    clay got a reaction from geof_junk in Mining Claim Fees Going Up Again!   
    The BLM just raised mining claim location fees to $40.
    They also raised the annual maintenance fees to $165. That $165 applies to every 20 acres on a placer claim.
    These new fees take effect on September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. If you have already paid your maintenance fees for the upcoming mining year you will still need to pony up the extra $10 per claim/20 acres.
    The BLM is saying they will send you a notice if you owe more than you have already paid. If they don't you still need to pay so I wouldn't be waiting around for that letter in the mail, just be prepared to pay up before September 1.
    This will give you an idea of how much the annual base maintenance fees per claim/size will be now.
    0-20 acre placer millsite, tunnel site or lode claim = $165
    20-40 acre placer claim = $330
    40-60 acre placer claim = $495
    60-80 acre placer claim = $660
    80-100 acre placer claim = $825
    100-120 acre placer claim = $990
    120-140 acre placer claim = $1155
    140-160 acre placer claim = $1320
    If you have 10 or fewer claims you may be eligible for the small miner's waiver. The fees are the same for the annual small miner filing $15 per claim no matter what size it is as long as you complete $100 worth of work on each claim.
    You can read the notice announcing these new fees in today's Federal Register.
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    clay got a reaction from Jim P. in Mining Claim Fees Going Up Again!   
    The BLM just raised mining claim location fees to $40.
    They also raised the annual maintenance fees to $165. That $165 applies to every 20 acres on a placer claim.
    These new fees take effect on September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. If you have already paid your maintenance fees for the upcoming mining year you will still need to pony up the extra $10 per claim/20 acres.
    The BLM is saying they will send you a notice if you owe more than you have already paid. If they don't you still need to pay so I wouldn't be waiting around for that letter in the mail, just be prepared to pay up before September 1.
    This will give you an idea of how much the annual base maintenance fees per claim/size will be now.
    0-20 acre placer millsite, tunnel site or lode claim = $165
    20-40 acre placer claim = $330
    40-60 acre placer claim = $495
    60-80 acre placer claim = $660
    80-100 acre placer claim = $825
    100-120 acre placer claim = $990
    120-140 acre placer claim = $1155
    140-160 acre placer claim = $1320
    If you have 10 or fewer claims you may be eligible for the small miner's waiver. The fees are the same for the annual small miner filing $15 per claim no matter what size it is as long as you complete $100 worth of work on each claim.
    You can read the notice announcing these new fees in today's Federal Register.
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    clay got a reaction from delnorter in Mining Claim Fees Going Up Again!   
    The BLM just raised mining claim location fees to $40.
    They also raised the annual maintenance fees to $165. That $165 applies to every 20 acres on a placer claim.
    These new fees take effect on September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. If you have already paid your maintenance fees for the upcoming mining year you will still need to pony up the extra $10 per claim/20 acres.
    The BLM is saying they will send you a notice if you owe more than you have already paid. If they don't you still need to pay so I wouldn't be waiting around for that letter in the mail, just be prepared to pay up before September 1.
    This will give you an idea of how much the annual base maintenance fees per claim/size will be now.
    0-20 acre placer millsite, tunnel site or lode claim = $165
    20-40 acre placer claim = $330
    40-60 acre placer claim = $495
    60-80 acre placer claim = $660
    80-100 acre placer claim = $825
    100-120 acre placer claim = $990
    120-140 acre placer claim = $1155
    140-160 acre placer claim = $1320
    If you have 10 or fewer claims you may be eligible for the small miner's waiver. The fees are the same for the annual small miner filing $15 per claim no matter what size it is as long as you complete $100 worth of work on each claim.
    You can read the notice announcing these new fees in today's Federal Register.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Back from Mexico!   
    Hi everyone,
    My family I just got back into the country this week from a wonderful trip down into Mexico. I had visited the country before, but this was my first trip deep into the interior. The primary spots we explored were Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, both of which are in the mountainous country to the NW of Mexico City. The traveling went fairly smooth except they lost our luggage, so we had to stay in the same clothes for three days, but eventually it found its way back to us. 
    Both places had stunning old homes, cathedrals and cobble stone streets. Everyone I looked there seemed to be history. The Spaniards arrived in the region in 1522, led by a guy named Cristóbal de Olid. A few years later another Spaniard named Nuño Beltran de Guzmán led a force of 300 soldiers and a native army of more than 10,000 into the area. Countless indigenous peoples were killed and many communities in the region destroyed, but in the end the Purépecha were defeated and the area came under Spanish control. In 1552, Captain Juan de Jaso discovered rich silver deposits in the mountains surrounding Guanajuato and subsequently established Real de Minas (The Royal Mines). This discovery led to the rapid settlement of the region throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. 
    There were so many people milling about and we encountered just about every sort of street vendor you could imagine. We found that the cheapest and best tasting food came from the stands and not the restaurants. I have no idea what half the stuff I ate was, but it tasted great! We met up with a local rancher and did a full day trail ride through the hills. We also zip-lined across the canyons and rented to quads to explore the countryside away from the city. It was an absolute blast! The people were super friendly and I never felt as if we in danger; even though I was walking the allies with two blond haired girls. Going off what the media says, I half expected to be abducted by a cartel, but this simply wasn’t the case. It was safe and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. If you are looking for an adventure for yourself or your family, a trip to this part of Mexico is certainly worth consideration. Here are a couple of photos from our trip…
     




















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    clay reacted to Reno Chris in Jim Straight passes away.   
    I got the word that Jim Straight has passed away in recent days. I last saw and spoke with Jim a bit over a year ago. He spent several hours on both Saturday and Sunday in the ICMJ booth with me at the Pomona GPAA show. He was a good man and wrote many articles for the ICMJ. It is sad to see him go. Jim was a great pioneer in the world of metal detecting for gold. He was on site for a great many famous old gold finds with metal detectors. Yet ye was very tight lipped about those locations. A lot of great secrets passed with him. It was always great to chat with him as we traveled a lot of similar paths - we both graduated from the Mackay School of mines, but about 30 years apart. We both spent a lot of time prospecting around Randsburg, CA and the northern Nevada placers of Pershing and Humboldt counties. I will miss our talks, as will so many other prospectors.
     

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    clay reacted to dick ward in El Camino del Diablo   
    Hi Frank,
    No not there now, I haven’t been there for a long time.  My first time in the area was prospecting with my grandfather in 1957.   The last time was in the late 1970’s.  There is gold down there, on both sides, of the border.  Not much water ‘tho so take your BIGGEST canteen. 😎
     
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