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Wedding ring found in Pottstown!

DSC03986I received a call from a distraught Linda on New Year’s Day. Her husband had lost his wedding ring either throwing junk out over his deck or during a long walk the newlyweds took that day. They tried to retrace their steps along the trail along the golf course, but could not locate the ring. Linda had a feeling her husband might have lost it working on the deck, as they demolished a table and threw pieces of it into their backyard. She also mentioned that he was taking his gloves on and off while working by the deck.

The lovely couple was just married last summer and the wedding ring was custom made from dental gold and then coated in white gold. Linda was really worried when they could not find it and that’s when she found me on ringfinders.com.

I had planned to meet Linda and look for the ring a few days later when they were both home. Unfortunately because of a snow storm I had to cancel my trip up north that weekend; I rescheduled for the following weekend. Since the location of my search was in their backyard, we did not worry about anyone else stumbling upon the ring and a few days would give way to nicer conditions. The following weekend promised heavy rains, yet a look on the radar indicated a two hour window of light rain, so I called Linda and told her I was coming.

Once I arrived at Linda’s residence, she showed me the place she thinks her husband had lost the ring. She also gave me some details as to the activities he performed the day the wedding ring was lost. My plan was to start with the classic grid pattern on the ivy covered slope right behind the deck, right where they were throwing the junk. I adjusted my AT Pro’s settings and started my search. I was surprised at the junk in the yard and my first plausible hit turned out to be a junk latch under the ivy. My second hit, a few feet further, was also in the pull tab range, but to my amazement my pinpointed ended up on a silver colored ring!

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I was very excited, as this was my fastest recovery to date– under a minute!!! I showed Linda right away and she called her husband. When he first looked at it, he had a puzzled look on his face, my excitement dropped as I thought that I had found another ring that had been lost. Yet he confirmed that this was it! I also saw how loose the ring was on his finger; he will get it resized shortly.

Linda and her husband were both surprised at the speedy recovery, very happy to have their ring back and generous with their reward. I was glad that I could reunite them with their ring and to see their smiling faces. They are now part of the “Book of Smiles.”

I was also glad that my search did not take any longer, because as I soon as I sat down in my car to head back home, the heavy rain began!

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Treasure hunting movies

Here is a short list of treasure hunt related movies for your viewing pleasure. These are compiled from various websites and personal picks. They are in no special order.

  • Good Bad and the Ugly
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • The Goonies
  • McKenna’s Gold
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Legend of the Lost
  • Into the Blue
  • The Deep
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Fool’s gold
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides
  • The Nugget
  • King Solomon’s Mine
  • Sahara
  • Without a Paddle
  • Fools Gold
  • Kelly’s Heros

Coin Beach

Coin Beach

Ever since I started this great hobby of metal detecting, I have read stories about Coin Beach. This famous stretch of beach has been on my To-do list for quite some time now and this past trip to the shore it became a reality.

We like to Rehoboth Beach once a year, usually after the Labor Day holiday. The weather is a little cooler, the crowds have died down and the accommodations are a little cheaper. Yet this summer we decided to visit one day, two nights, for my birthday. So during my birthday week we hit Rehoboth Beach, unfortunately so did the bad weather, it was so unseasonably cold and rainy, that we couldn’t even hit the beach. Luckily the Berb came prepared for an event like this, because hey, you can’t spend all day at Fun Land right?

My Bad-weather list was compromised of three places to visit. The first was the Zwaanendale Museum, which focused on the DeBraak shipwreck located in Lewes.  The second was sunken treasure display in Georgetown. And finally the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick, which is what we chose to visit, in part because the trip from Rehoboth to Fenwick took us right by Coin Beach – the location of where the Faithful Steward had sunk.

The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum was awesome! I spent a good hour inside and will visit again soon. This visit also made me hunger for shipwreck booty, mainly an old coin!

…to be continued.

Gold and Diamonds

First hour metal detecting at Rehoboth Beach, in the lane at low tide, nearing the drainage pipe when I get a high note – a good hit! As I examine my scoop content I see a sparkle and this is what I find …

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My heart skipped a beat at first sight. I could see the gold shine through the sand and then I saw the sparkle of a diamond. At this point I hastily wash it off in the surf and then  … I examined it closer and noticed the gold had started to rub off on parts of the ring – it is a fake. A quick examination with the loupe confirmed that the ice is also fake of course … oh well, I guess I am not getting the Excal II just yet.

I should have left it for the next fella.  🙂

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