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Posted 5 years ago


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Here are some more photographs of metal detector finds over the years. The first pic is of some keys and locks that were dug up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at abandoned copper mines. The second photograph is some items dug at a ghost town in Montana. The small round items are gold essay crucibles found under the rotting floor of a crumbling old building there.
Nothing of any value, just memories of trips past.


  1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Hey packrat don't eat with those forks before you get a Tetanus shot . Makes a person wonder who owned these items and how long have they been buried . Great finds . I always love your posts .
  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much BELLIN68 & Manikin for the kind words, I try to keep it interesting. Those forks are most likely from the late 1800's, I found them at the ghost town of Pardee in Montana. Here is the link:(turn you speakers off, the music is awful!)
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you BELLIN68! Our Goodwill here is awful, so I have to go and dig my stulff up:) Some of us cannot just "go out for a walk" and find great stuff like you!!!!!!:) :)
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Ax heads are a common find, for some reason. I have found quite a few, single blade, double blade, broken, whole, not sure why. Hammer heads are another thing I find a lot of.
    I am sorry about the quality of the photographs. I have these items packed away, but I photographed them before I packed them away. What you are seeing is a photograph of a photograph.
  5. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much scandinavian_pieces & mrmajestic1
  6. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much Ollie & trunkman
  7. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 5 years ago
    Cool finds packrat !!
  8. Earthling_ Earthling_, 5 years ago
    Nice stuff. I'm partiularly drawn to the locks and keys. I recognize some of the items. Some of the keys are furnature keys, some are door keys and the shorter ones are likely padlock keys. Imagine that! The way you have them laid out reminds me of some shadow box arrangements I've seen.
    -- Earth
  9. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very for the kind words Earthling_ & Hedgewalker
  10. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much ho2cultcha ,walksoftly & gargoylecollector
  11. Yuko Yuko, 5 years ago
    Beautiful your collection.
  12. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much miKKoChristmas11 & Yuko for the kind words
  13. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    luv the skeleton keys!
  14. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much mikielikesigns2 & WinterWolf

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