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Back to Maraetai Beach Monday as tide was a little further out this time.

Dug a crater for the shield/badge which so far I cant ID, and even the metal has me beat. Its not lead, iron, aluminium, silver. Possibly pewter? Anyway, it is busy soaking but awfully fragile. Not fragile in its thickness, but fragile from sea crust and age. Most unusual to have the word Chancellor on the back, with embossed fleur de lis on the front. Maybe of French origin???

  The crusty ring cleaned up well. Not many finds, but unusual finds....which is what interests me more. Again, trash and all......😉

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Shield badge might be zinc, pewter usually holds up very well as tin is pretty corrosion resistant. Could be a club pin. That ring looks good, 925?

 

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25 minutes ago, kac said:

Shield badge might be zinc, pewter usually holds up very well as tin is pretty corrosion resistant. Could be a club pin. That ring looks good, 925?

 

Not tin, so pewter possibly. Ring is 2 tone, think s/s and goldy colour......nice heavy one anyhow. No markings. Badge is soaking in water......didn't want to risk any acids on unknown metal, especially pewter. Might need wart remover on it!!!!😉

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Very productive hunt,  overall you did well. Please Continue to share future your Tarsacci finds, Beach hunts are always fun to hunt, wish I lived near the ocean. 
 

Congratulations 

Paul

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Nice finds and hope you dig up some more on your next hunt.

Good Job!

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Pewter is 90%+ tin and used widely in novelty castings. There is Lead free pewters which have a dull gray and the lead free also known as Britannia 8 which are much shinier and don't dull out. Both are pretty corrosion resistant. Many of the novelty castings were done in organic rubber molds on a centrifugal casting machine. When Silicone molds came along the working temperature was much higher allowing these castings to be much cheaper out of zinc and zinc alloys like zamak which were often plated after.

The zinc castings deteriorate in the ground just like the zinc pennies do. So quick edumacated guess that casting is probably 70-80's or maybe younger.

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