I started digging a row of holes in my lower yard yesterday to transplant some black raspberries. In the very first hole i dug up a piece of glazed pottery about 6-8" deep. After digging 20 holes, i found a bit of something in almost every hole, and a lot of coal ashes.
Our house was one of the first houses built in this town back in 1860 and appearently my back yard was the local landfill.
While digging one hole i pulled up an end cap for an Eveready flashlight. After a little research, i found that they used the vertical line pattern from around 1929, and around 1937 they added "Made in USA" to it. This one is stamped with the USA script so i'll have to do a little more research to figure out when the design changed again.
I had my buddy come up today to scout around with his metal detector and he found a few items.
An ornate back of a pocket watch, a buckle, several nails, half of a leaf spring ply, half of a pair of binoculars, canning accessories, and a few 12 gauge shot gun shells. The Remington UMC "Nitro Club" has Remington UMC printed on a band around the shell. I've never seen that before. Another round item that appears to be the bottom of a container is stamped "Magic" with a patent date of July 30,1901.
His interest is finding coins. nothing special today but least he found a 1982 penny and a 1966 dime. He'll be back. Better luck next time.