- Written by Gillian Smith
- Published: 11 July 2014
When a New Hampshire man embarked on his maiden metal detecting adventure, he never expected to uncover a mystery that would lead him to Duxbury.
Brandon Stewart started metal detecting in New Hampshire last year, foregoing the stereotypical beach metal detecting and instead searching for historic items, such as coins and shell casings. This April, he decided to participate in a metal detecting invitational that was held in Dublin, New Hampshire.
On the first day of the invitational, Stewart discovered a 1759 Spanish silver coin just seven inches below the ground.
“It was a really odd find,” he said. “The fact that it was only seven inches underground and has not been found before is remarkable.”
The next day, he ventured up a hill and started looking around the tree line. What he found was not only his first piece of gold, but a 1972 class ring. The top of the ring has “Duxbury High School” and a green stone. While there is also a Duxbury, Vermont, Stewart discovered the Massachusetts state logo on one side and what looks like a Minuteman on the other. Inside the ring are three very distinct initials: K.F.B.
“I got in touch with the high school, but they were unable to help me out,” he said. “So I went through the yearbook for 1972 and found a couple people with the same first and last initial, but none with the middle initial.”
Because he was unable to find the right person in the yearbook, he assumes the ring was purchased after graduation or marriage, or the person who designed and purchased it used a nickname.
Stewart says the ring is in “really good condition,” with only a little tarnishing on the inside.
“Gold holds really well,” he said. “The outside looks like the day you buy it. The only damage is a couple thing scratches.”
After doing some research, Stewart discovered that the area he found the ring in used to be a ski area, and, more specifically, used to be the towline area. He assumes the ring fell off, was nicked by a ski on the towline was not seen again. He also got in touch with the manufacturer of the ring, who said the logo on one side of the ring is not one of the more than 200 logos they have put on rings.
While he continues finding revolutionary buttons, pilgrim-era shoebuckles and more historic trinkets, the ring remains his greatest mystery. He is appealing to the public to see if anyone can help him locate the owner.
“The mystery continues to grow,” Stewart said. “I’d like to be able to find the person whose ring this is so we can get it back to them.”