The Titlow family in front of their Bedford, Massachusetts home
Photo: Courtesy of Bob Phillips
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Hidden Treasures

As the This Old House TV team renovates the nearly 300-year-old Nathaniel Page homestead, owned by Joe and Becky Titlow, mechanical engineer and metal-detecting maven Bob Phillips has taken his hobby to the grounds of the Bedford, Massachusetts, project. Phillips, 50, has been treasure hunting at various sites in New England for 10 years. Whether he donates his finds to his local historical society or to homeowners, or keeps them for himself, "the true value," he says, "is in the historical context of the items." Check out some of the things he unearthed from the pre-Revolutionary War–era site of the latest TOH TV project.

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