Metal Detecting & Bottle Digging Old Bootlegger Car Crash Site

Wn this video Ian, our friend, leads us to the site of what appears to be either the crash of an old whiskey bootlegger car, or a dump. Of course with a treasure hunter’s mentality, it is clearly the former. Don’t forget to visit our website for more information on metal detecting gear and supplies.

Metal Detecting Oldtown Lot for Relics

An this trip we head to an old Kansas City area town that has been occupied since the mid 1800′s. We have permission to hunt a house and an adjacent lot where old structure can still be found.

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Crushing Rock For Gold – Idaho Springs Ore

Wn this video we have some crushed rock a customer brought us to prospect through. We only took this down to like a 40 mesh. I would bet you could pull out more gold if you went down and smelted the fines.

Whites Sewing Machine Token Found Metal Detecting

While metal detecting an old house the other day, Kevin (a.k.a “Homebrew”) found this cool little White’s Sewing Machine token.  Based upon research completed on the website, this token dates between 1900-1910.

Whites Sewing Machine Token Back

White’s Sewing Machine Token Back

 According to the article, 

“First, the token depicts a treadle-powered sewing machine.  It is clearly not an electric model.  The company’s own website says that they started producing electric machines in the 1920′s.[4]  So, right there, it’s earlier than the 1920′s.  That means, right from the start, we’re looking at something that’s probably more than 90 years old.

The White Sewing Machine Company’s site also indicates that they began making furniture-style cabinets in 1900.  This was an industry first.  The sewing machine depicted on the token has just such a housing.  It’s probably a then-current production model, so we’re looking at somehwere about 1900 or shortly afterward.  Now we’re past the century-old mark.

This was an advertising token that proclaimed “the White is sold everywhere”.  If an advertiser wants someone to go out to the store and buy something, he’s probably not going to waste limited ad space showing a model that’s no longer in production.  Come to think of it, if it’s the year 1900 and you just introduced the first sewing machine to have its own furniture-type cabinet, then why not coin an aluminum token to advertise it!

Third, I was able to learn of another White’s Sewing Machine token bearing one of the same slogans mine has:  “The White is King”.  That token dates from the year 1900 and was apparently for the Exposition Universalle Paris.[5]

Finally, there is another clue that comes only from having looked at numerous ads in old Montgomery Ward catalogs and similar books.  That clue is the overall style of the ironwork on the base of the sewing machine.  It has a very strong, late-1890′s-to-1910 feel to it.  

Based on the evidence we have at the moment, it’s reasonable to place this token between 1900 and 1910.  That’s another mystery solved, at least well enough for the time being.” (Visit Webpage to read whole article.)

Whites Sewing Machine Token Front

White’s Sewing Machine Token Front