During a recent metal detecting hunt at an 1810s location, I was scanning a hillside that had very few signals at all. Suddenly, my headphones exploded with a solid 11-47 on the E-trac. It was so shallow, 2″, that I was sure I’d found another modern, Clad Quarter. I almost walked by! But I was in careful detecting mode (1810 location!) and went ahead and dug it. But there was nothing at the surface as expected. I went ahead and created a broad plug…When I did, I could see just the tip of the bowl at around 3″, and I knew I had a spoon – probably silver. Usually, however, the handles are broken or horribly bent. This one was intact and beautiful, with a floral motif.
I turned over the spoon to see if it was Silver and look for maker marks. When I didn, I noticed the engraving “Ann” on the handle, and I knew that I might have a family heirloom for the owner. I walked up where the property owner was doing some chores and asked… “Does your family have an ‘Ann’?” .. He replied. “Yes, it’s my late Aunt.” I showed him the spoon and his jaw dropped. “Then this should stay with your family” I told him.
He will be returning it to Ann’s children at Thanksgiving – and I hope it brings back some loving memories of their Mom.
c1932 S Kirk & Son Sterling Silver Child’s Spoon – Left with Property Owner and Descendent.
Scott Clark of Lexington, KY has been detecting since aged 15, researching historical sites, participating in archaeological surveys and enjoying the physical, social and intellectual benefits of the hobby.