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Friday, 14 November 2014

Continually interesting metal detecting! Diggin' Scotland's Past!

The following finds were made on DetectingScotland.com digs. Continually interesting areas!

Copper and bronze coins, one is Georgian and has been turned into an token via the wonder of countermarking! This one is marked 'XX.'

Decorative lead piece, possibly a leaf.

1816 King George III Sixpence (.925)
ca. 1300 Edward I Hammered Silver Longcross Penny
'CIVI TAS LON DON' - City of London mint.

Always great to get silver and when you find a hammered silver, it's even sweeter! 

3 copper Farthings (two Victoria & George II,) 3 Pennies (two George V, George III,) 2 Half Pennies (one Irish George III,) one bent Half Penny (?) Georgian. 

A strange oval shaped token was the mystery of the bunch here, but was then ID'd as a Half Penny Token for Glasgow Tramcars, issued to the blind. A nice find and a fairly unusual one.

Top left- Small coin/button fragment.. Twisted copper buckle/clasp, can't decide which way up is correct! (4.5cm from loop to tip,) A furniture decorative piece, small alloy piece (2cm long) with a double headed crest- unsure but might say "Camera" at the top.. 
Buttons, Musket balls and a tiny (once) studded costume jewellery piece, only 1.5cm long.
ca. mid 17th Century spur buckle

Copper alloy composition and small! The inner rectangle on the bottom of
  the buckle measures roughly 1cm long.

Bronze religious cross, quite small at only 4cm down the long arm.

Dished button with a shield accompanied by two figures.
Bear that image in mind for a later find, they may well be connected!

Odd ring shaped copper alloy find with a small bronze trade weight.

Two ex-thimbles! Most likely copper alloy advertising pieces from the early 1900's.

Sterling silver cane ferrule, Birmingham assayed.

Odd bronze chunk, possibly a cooking pot or similar fragment.

Lead sailboat mast and sail piece, the Shamrock III, made and launched
 in Dumbarton and operating ca 1900.
Copper alloy decorative clasp.

Large hat buckle with abstract shape design. First of these that I've found,
so it made for something a bit different!

Lead horse and rider, musket and sword in tow!

1902 Edward VII & Alexandra coronation commemoration piece from the Burgh of Govan.

Remember that button from earlier in the post? Well it looks to have a very similar shield design as this piece, so it could well be a local Burgh find linked to this. Same field finds so you never know, as yet, no solid link has been confirmed.

Big gilt button, always good to see with some detail. Currently in olive oil!

Small shoe buckle, ca 18th Century

1860 Queen Victoria Sixpence (.925)

Unusual 1816 King George III Sixpence (.925)

There are a few things that make this find an unusual one. Firstly, it was my first signal on the day, how often does that happen?! As it was covered in dirt at the time, it went straight into the finds box and awaited cleaning at home. After the water and toothbrush, some strange details became apparent. Firstly, I noticed that there was a counter-mark on the coin where the monarch's chin is, this appears to be an inverted "GR," although of this, I'm not exactly certain. Secondly, and perhaps the reason for the coins' marking, is the scarcely visible first 1 in 1816. Using a couple of different angles and lighting directions in the picture, you can see that the 1 virtually disappears in the top left most shot, this is when the light is shining vertically down the 1 from above. In the top right most shot, the 1 is highlighted by shining the light horizontally across the length of the 1 to cast the largest shadow. Even at this it is barely visible and to the eye, the coin virtually reads '816.'

Mint error coinage is in itself not entirely unusual, with many dies becoming clogged with use and time. Those dies, however, are quickly fixed or replaced on discovery and it's rare enough to find a circulated coin with such an error as an incomplete date. Perhaps the original owner of the coin, a Mr. GR etched his initials into the coin as a link to himself. Maybe he wanted to retain a scarce error date coin and left his mark before finally losing the coin in a field sometime later. Great to get a find with such unusual features, one that you can spin a yarn to that has a glint of feasibility!

Lead palm guard, possibly marked from saddle stitching with a bodkin, or similar activity where a large needle would be used.

Sterling silver Cufflink, squashed flat unfortuantely! 
ID Update! This is infact a Collar Stud from Edwardian era silversmiths Joseph & Richard Griffin (J&RG)

Research is pending for this find, any help from a keen eye appreciated! I believe the assay office would be Chester for this find, although I'm not even entirely sure what the date letter reads!

1920's King George V Farthing

1797 King George III 'Cartwheel' Copper Penny

One ounce of solid copper, these coins didn't last long, and were replaced by a smaller more conveniently sized coin in 1799.

HL Countermarked Georgian Copper Half Penny Token

Alfred Langer bagseal, musket ball, a piece of lead that may have been a saucy pipe tamper piece at one stage, horse harness boss, Victorian Half Penny, ---MOUTH GPO seal and a lead piece with design marks and iron attachments at one end.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Minelab Owner's 2014 Rally, Bucks, England.

Lovely Nuremberg Jetton. My first of these found.

Although bent, it has some fantastic detail. ca. 14 to 16th C. It also appears to have been pierced to wear as a commemorative piece. These can sometimes be pierced to use as counters, but the positioning of the hole makes me think otherwise.

Roman Silver Siliqua of Emperor Julian II ca. 360AD

You can imagine my joy when I uncovered this! What a beauty of a find that came along just when I was thinking that it wasn't quite doing to be my day..

'VOTIS V MVLTIS X' Incredible to find with such clear detail on both sides.

Best ID so far is a Tudor period clothing fastener.

Two Roman bronze coins, unidentified
Medieval period harness pin/decoration

Great finds over the summer, 2014 - Diggin' Scotland's Past!

Finds from my own permissions..

1892 Queen Victoria 'Jubilee Head' Half Sovereign (22 ct.)

My first ever GOLD coin!! As you can imagine, I was very pleased! It features in one of my Youtube videos. Great find and a big tick off the list! Fantastic condition too, aside from a scratch over the Queen's face, for my first gold coin, I couldn't have asked for more!

Promising finds on the latest farm with;

Several worn bronze Pennies/Half Pennies
Victorian onward Snake Buckle
2oz Trade Weight
King Edward VII Coronation piece
Francis of Assisi religious pendant
Worn Silver Sixpence
Lead Statuette base
Buckle, Lead Button, Lead Bag Seal.

Markings on the bag seal are unclear..

A mystery Bronze coin and a decorated pewter watch winder.

Fairly ornate design on the little watch winder.

A Schweppes Decanter or Bottle top.

Bakelite plastic, pump handle dispenser from ca. 1920. Something a bit different
from the usual old bottle tops I think you'll agree!

My detectingscotland.com digs finds..

Three different silver finds from one dig.

Spoon handle, broken
1887 Queen Victoria Sixpence
French silver brooch, hit by the plough unfortunately.

Large dish silvered button
Copper Turner (with Thistle) of Charles II
Lead with a copper ring enclosed
Doll's Head, poss. 1920's
Lead Bullets
Copper finger ring
Whistle part
Mystery copper alloy piece (bottom right)

Various bronze coins

Irish Half Penny
Chipped and worn Farthings
Victorian Penny

Some lovely Scottish scenery for you!

Impacted musket ball
General service button
Worn Victorian Half Penny

Early copper-alloy clothing fastener, as ID'd by NMS..

"This object appear to be a relatively early clothing fastener as the decoration has been stamped from sheet metal rather than cast" - NMS

What interests me about it is not only the design, but also the stitching thread and tartan still intact. I didn't get a final date for it, but it could well be Jacobean in age. A nice one for the display!

Some buttons from the same dig, with the ball button being an early one.

An idea of the typical trash finds I make!

S Mordan & Co. silver mechanical pencil part.

Coin finds from a weekender digathon!

Two Charles II Turners (Thistle,) with the one on the right being a fine example!
1799 George III Penny
Victorian Farthing
Eliz II Threepence
Large decorated dandy button poss. re-used as a washer

Lead spindle whorl
Loveheart horse harness decoration
Buckle fragment of unknown age
Copper alloy baby brooch
Musket ball
Battered Charles II Turner
Unknown teardrop-ish shaped piece
Georgian cutlery handle
Copper ring

ca. 1920's wrist watch
Strange 'bone' shaped copper alloy object
'ab' etched lead piece
'XX' etched lead piece
'CR' stamped lead piece, size of a standard bag seal. Possible connection to the CIIR cypher of Charles II, as found on the Turner coins that have came from the same land
Thistle button
Copper alloy leaf

Nice day for a dig!

Couple of the guys stopping for a chat in the fields

Dished button with a Gryphon stamped design

The usual worn coppers/bronzes always make an apperance!

A spectacular sunset on a camping/detecting weekender.

1871 Queen Victoria Shilling

Worn bronze coins
Lead bullet and GPO seal
Lead horse
Copper alloy child's toy cannon.

(bottom) Part from the frame of a silver purse..

At least that's the best ID I can come up with. Any other ID's welcomed!

(top) Part of a silvered pocket watch casing.

From an era when mindless racial stereotypes were the norm..

Sometimes, you find something that belongs firmly in the past.

King Edward I Longcross Silver Penny, ca. 1300-02

Great to see a hammered coin come up! I can tell there's a lot of detail left under the dirt at this stage, and am looking forward to the reveal!

King Edward I Longcross Silver Penny, ca. 1300-02

King Edward I Longcross Silver Penny, ca. 1300-02

Other finds from the above dig;

Loveheart horse harness decoration
Lead bag seal
Charles II Bawbee (Thistle) ca 17th C.
Copper alloy Butterfly
Button with unclear markings
Buckle part

Medieval bronze cauldron/pot leg.

Another day, another dig!

Puzzle brooch, possibly the initials MJ/MS
Canadian military INF shoulder decoration
Lead toy soldier
Copper alloy 'ONE' token, unidentified
Copper alloy bird brooch with gilt traces
King's Hussars Elephant Cap Badge part
285 City Chambers key tag
Pewter Button with floral design, ca 18th C.
Bag seal 'S&Co ltd'
Small pin with three towers, unidentified military pin likely.

Worn bronzes
Buckle frame pats & complete buckles
Buttons aplenty
Lead pieces inc. small 4mm pistol ball, oblong musket ball
Two Charles II Turners (Thistle)

Possible militaria,

Unidentified, but likely linked to WWII defences in the area found.