Years ago, mother has us cultivate up a part of the back yard for an new garden. We were getting the sod pretty well broken up by the 4th or 5th pass, when the cultivator came out of the ground with the center section of a gold pocket watch case on a spike point. Later we found the inner rear cover. For years after that I searched that garden plot with a metal detector. An old lady who worked for the former owners, said that spot was where they used to repair machines. The ground is filled with bits of broken nails, pipe, fittings, bolts /nuts and other small scrap. The metal detector finds several "hits" per foot, when set on iron and nearly as much when set to produce a different sound for non magnetic metals like gold or brass. I have found brass door lock plates, brass shell casings and brass plumbing, but no more covers or parts from that gold pocket watch. Kind of a shame, as I hoped the covers might be engraved with the owners name. A clock and watch collector I showed the center case section to, said it was a "Lever set" pocket watch, which would date from 1860 or earlier. The steel watch movement was reduced to a ring of rust inside the gold case, so nothing there. I suspect the gold watch covers are either not there, or are hidden under some of the larger bits of iron that masks them from the metal detector.
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