Treasure hunters show off their finds
By Christopher Nichols
TAUNTON, MA — The Silver City Treasure Seekers held their third annual New England Treasure Show on Saturday, featuring a variety of historical artifacts that have been found across New England.
The Silver City Treasure Seekers was founded in 2001 as a hobby metal detector club. Members range from students to retirees and hail from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island
“Our aim is to recover, preserve and share our love of history with others,” said club president Joseph Baker.
The Silver City Treasure Seekers meet the first Friday of every month to share finds, invite guest speakers, hold raffles, trade stories and declare the Find of the Month. For three of the past four years, the club has hosted this expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.
“Once a year we host this New England Trade Show, and it’s an opportunity to have a liaison with like-minded hobby clubs throughout the New England area and showcase our finds to the public,” Baker said. “We invite anyone who’s interested in the hobby... or just local history.”
One vendor at the expo, Hank Phillips, of Hudson, N.H., displayed multiple tables of artifacts he has gathered in his 17 years as a treasure seeker.
Among the many items in his collection are a set of buttons, buckles and coins belonging to Edward Hilton, one of the first settlers of New Hampshire, according to Phillips.
“He was the first fish merchant to arrive from England, and he moved to New Hampshire with his brother William Hilton,” Phillips said, adding that he also researches his finds in addition to treasure seeking. “So Edward and William were some of the first settlers of America.”
He also boasts in his collection a ring that he believes belonged to Captain Samuel Wadsworth who was killed during an ambush in King Philip’s War in 1675.
“He was ambushed by like 500 Indians, and 27 Englishmen were killed,” Phillips said. “When we went up there, we found lots of musket parts, gun parts. It was obvious there was a battle.”
He is still trying to independently verify if the ring did in fact belong to Wadsworth, but he said the ring has been dated to the same time period.
The New England Treasure Show also featured raffles, food and items, such as metal detectors, for sale.
More information on the Silver City Treasure Seekers can be found on their website www.silvercitytreasureseekers.net.
Courtesy; Taunton Gazette