First, permit me to say Happy Holidays . I hope good health favors everyone.
My discoveries on OMI ground have been superb recently. Yet, I cannot claim to be the fortunate "finder".
I often metal detect OMI's woods with a coworker. We began our metal detecting simultaneously years ago.
On Sunday November 16, my coworker, (Dustin), recovered an 1860 Indian Head Cent in fine condition. Finds pre-dating OMI are not uncommon, as I've previously mentioned.
The entire time I/we have searched OMI ground, not one single item displaying OMI or logo has been found? With 68 years of operation, one would think OMI regalia to be easily found. Not true. Treasured is more correct.
Well, on Sunday December 7th, things changed. We brought another co-worker, (Anthony). He is new to metal detecting and OMI his first true outing.
My plans were to search the "east ravine", as we've yet to detect north of the "bottle dump". Since we had a 3rd person and frozen ground in the near future, we decided to again search the west ravine. Wisely so.
Approximately 150ft west of creek, directly below steep incline, Dustin finds two OMI cuff buttons. After intensive cleaning, both reveal the sun and river as shown on patch here on OMI's homepage. As we celebrate these buttons, we tell Anthony that nothing with OMI on it has been found. Literally, as we tell him this, we notice him recovering something. We ask "what is it"? He says, "I don't know". Turns out to be a fully intact OMI belt buckle!!! Same as pictured on homepage. The gilding is gone, but other than that, it's in pristine condition. I still can't believe it!
He has since freely offered it to me. I had to decline as Anthony will surely cherish buckle as he learns more of OMI.
As with everything found on OMI ground, the buckle will also be donated to any OMI cause. Or, if any "Old Boy" would like it, it's yours.
I/we hope to return for one last search in 2014.
As always, I will post findings as time permits.
Happy Holidays .