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Have you found these?

October 10, 2019 10:34AM avatar
OK, this post is not for the smart old timers, it is a PSA for us newbies.

Over my detecting time I have found many of these and and have not figured out what they are. They ring nicely, especially if they are shallow targets. Recently I was told they are tobacco tags with the image rusted off. They are very thin and many have the prongs broken off. They also come in different shapes and I have found a couple of star shaped ones with a hole in the middle.

What is a tobacco tag? They were used to identify the brand of cut plug and twist tobacco and date range from the 1870s to the late 1920s. Many collections are on eBay and other places on the internet.

Photo #1 is several I found on an old road where I found an Indian Head.

Photo #2 is an eBay photo of an example.
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Remfire 155 October 10, 2019 10:34AM

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Kickindirt 69 October 13, 2019 02:52PM

Yes, a fair number in different places.

Monte 67 October 12, 2019 04:56PM

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Utah1971 78 October 11, 2019 08:40AM

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GeoW 67 October 10, 2019 11:41AM

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D&P-OR 76 October 10, 2019 10:47AM

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