Part I - Metal Detecting at the Swedish Tavern Site, page 9

Recovering 19th Century Russian Naval Belt Buckle

While I was preoccupied with Bobby, Nikolai dug up something cool and was now running towards us, holding something in his hand (as usual).

Nikolai Found Something

Nikolai's find was a Russian Naval officer's belt buckle, circa late 18th century. One corner of the buckle was bent, nevertheless this was a great relic find!

Russian Naval Officer's Uniform Belt Buckle

18th Century Russian Naval Officer Belt Buckle

My first find made my heart stop for a second. When I saw a large round disk of silvery color in the hole, I thought I recovered a large silver coin!

A Silver Coin?!

Coin-Like Object

A second later, I noticed the object did not have a smooth surface like of a coin. It had some mechanical parts and a cogwheel visible through the dirt.

Another Side of the Object

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