& Vicki's Page
Hello, I'm Tony and my wife is Vicki. We have two sons, Andy
and Ryan. Welcome to our humble web page. We live in a small rural town
in northwest Alabama. Our hobbies are photography, metal detecting,
and fishing just to mention a few. We are always working to improve our
page. So check back often to see new photos.
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Clearman's Store, Vernon Alabama, 1909.
To Live By
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GOD
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LUCK.
NO ONE CAN MAKE A FAILURE OUT OF YOU,
K. Copeland 1/10/99
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above for prices and information.
here to see Tony's Photography samples.
The Online Treasure
Bass Pro Shop
The Vanguard Group
some of my finds.
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Historic Indian Site Finds
These two photos
show a trade bell found at an indian village site with a metal detector.
This bell and many more like it was traded to the indians by the
French for furs, grain, and anything else of value to the French. The age
of the indian village is mid-late 1600's to about 1730. Age of the bell
is sometime in that era. (The penny is included in photo only for scale.)
This photo shows some miscellaneous items found at the same
indian village site. In the photo is an iron awl, used as a leather punch,
engraver, and had several more uses. Also pictured are rolled copper beads
and trinkets, copper flintlock parts, trigger guard, stock decoration and
buttons. Lead musket balls, rose head nails, and a piece of indian pottery.
This is a small portion of the items that were found. (The quarter is for
Photo #2 shows just a small portion of
the glass trade beads found at the indian site. These I have strung to
give a better idea as what they might have looked like. The beads were
also traded to the indians by the French for goods. About 1500 beads were
found at the village site. (The penny is for scale only.)
This photo shows the larger white "dove
egg" beads, along with some nice cobalt blue beads. Below the white beads
are three flintlock flints, used on a flintlock rifle. All of which were
traded to the indians by the French. (The dime is for scale only.)
The French were not what you would call fair traders
to the indians. For example the indians would have to trade a captured
indian of another tribe or village as a slave for one rifle. (Just thought
I'd throw that in.)
These three photos are poor quality but it's the best
I can do for now. This is a flintlock rifle that was found along with several
extra flints and musket balls. One photo shows entire rifle, some parts
like the trigger was not found. Probably already rusted away. One close
up photo shows the original flint in the hammer. Notice on the last photo
the butt plate with some of the wood remaining from the stock. The flintlock
is in poor shape but what can you expect from being buried for about three
Civil War and Military Finds.
In this photo is a U.S. Eagle Breast Plate. Damaged long
ago, this breast plate was found at about six to seven inches deep, at
an old home where Union soldiers camped for several weeks. The button shown
with the breast plate is an early military button. Possibly Civil War era,
I'm not sure.
I've been told that this is a Mississippi
staff officer's button from the Civil War. The back mark on the back of
the button shows that it was made in Columbus, Ohio. I'm not sure about
what company made it. The two photos show front and back of the button.
If you can help with any information about the button,
please email me.
This photo shows a scabbard tip, brass shell casing, and a few minnie
balls. These items were found in a pasture. All are Civil War items. They
don't look to bad to have been in the ground for one hundred and thirty
some odd years do they?
Photos of some of
my coin finds!
These are photos of some of my coins that I have found with
my metal detector over the years. Each coin has a story of its own to tell.
Most of the coins were found at different sites under different circumstances.
The amazing thing about this hobby is being able to recover a small piece
of the past that has been forgotten forever. There is a indescribable feeling
that you have when you dig up a coin or relic that someone long ago has
lost or left behind. Just knowing and realizing that the person that last
touched the object is long gone and sometimes has been forgotten themselves.
If the coin or relic could talk. Man what a story that would be.
The photo index linked to the words below will be growing. So
keep a check on new additions.
A very good friend of mine and metal detecting partner
passed away January 8, 1998. Kenneth Cantrell and I shared many detecting
trips together. But he had been a life long family friend before we started
metal detecting. Kenneth loved the hobby and was always eager to go in
almost any weather. If they have metal detectors in Heaven, I'm sure he
is using the best and finding the most. HEY DUDE DON'T FIND IT ALL, SAVE
SOME FOR ME!
The coin photo linked below is Kenneth's last coin find and
probably his best. He found this 1916-D Mercury Dime on Saturday before
he passed on Thursday. The dime even though it is badly worn is worth several
and his DIME
Page last updated 8/7/99
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