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    South West England
  • Interests:
    Metal and flint, cast bronze, small silver, coins, buttons, tokens & the outdoors
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800, 6inch & 11inchDD - Tesoro Tejon UK, 5.75DD, 3x7 ellipticon & 3x18 cleansweep.

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  1. That's another amazing find. The script for the date would look right for anything of that era and that shape, and would look just as right 100 years before or 200 years after. Scratching anything on a bottle like that is going to be difficult - I don't have any pictures to hand but am thinking of similar dates, words or designs scratched into coins or bricks, or wood - the shape becomes driven by what you have to hand..... And probably by resting this odd shape in your lap. I have to wonder about the D. A 'D' for Date surely is redundant when putting a date on. Domini as in Anno Domini,
  2. Nice coin. Charles II from 1670s. The edge should read Carolvs a Carolo (Charles twice). These were made from a particular copper, from memory mined from Welsh copper mines - and they normally go a distinctive pink colour (some of which you have on the edges of yours). Minted somewhere from 1672 to 1679.
  3. Hi, just for a bit of added interest a book from the same era, or probably just after 1941. I've never seen one of those medals in the UK so I wonder if they may have been a part of a wider wartime propaganda effort from before the end of 1941 - to try and promote more understanding or feeling of partnership.
  4. Thanks Steve, good link and good to see another. I tried an internet search - but its one of those things with getting the words just right. Stu
  5. OK so gold nuggets may be the wrong phrase. I'm not quite sure on the words as mainly detect muddy fields looking for old silver coins. I also look for coins in sales and antique shops and I bought this some years ago with some quite nice US silver coins in a lot that all came together. The coins were unusual in that I don't see many good US coins from the 1860's. I put this little locket to one side and didn't give it much thought. Then tidying some things together I looked at it again - and realised that the glass is old, it has degraded. And the contents are tiny bits of gold. The frame I g
  6. Hi, this collector web page looks pretty good, and has about mid-way down what looks to be your example in pieces to show the manufacture. http://hglanham.tripod.com/metalinsignia/collardisk1.html . 1937-1943 seems to be the rough date. A similar issue (the fixing method) occurs with British army badges. Many changed over time from a simple start point, and some were adapted from day 1 because nobody had thought the design through - so the fixings can be a nightmare to put a date to. Interesting is that over here 1942 saw us go into 'wartime economy' production of brown plastic army badge
  7. I've found all these lumps of lead over a number of years and kept them together, and I just found them again in a box in the corner of a dark cupboard - and thought it worth a post. Here in England we luckily haven't seen any real internal military fighting since the English Civil War (c1640's) so most bullets and musket balls we find all over the place were from hunting, practice or just recreation (not from battlefields). From the time of Elizabeth I (c1570's) the focus has been local training and good practice just in case anyone decided to invade. In Victorian times local militia units, r
  8. Project now finished with pictures below. Black pvc covering on all the exposed pine so visually it looks a whole lot better. Originally I was going to to use the Mars main stem, but could not find a correct Minelab size coil yoke (the little solid plastic bit with the hole that takes the bolt from the coli) to fit onto a Mars lower section. I didn't want to use a 3D print. I could have destroyed a spare Mars lower shaft (removed the yoke to leave the shaft), and destroyed a spare Minelab lower shaft to get the yoke - but I didn't want to do anything irreversible, or costly. In the end th
  9. Hi, just though this was worth sharing as it turned out so well. A number of things happened to bring this together - the biggest one being having just bought an Equinox my neighbours changing their curtains for blinds. I ended up with 3x6ft lengths of wood curtain pole. I also (long story) smashed my right hand up some years ago in a bike crash - straight stem won't work for me. I had read the threads (various threads on straight vs S) and puzzled over the alloy pipe bending method. But then I already have a Mars universal shaft and took a closer look at this. After reading the thread on
  10. Trees are a magnet for people. Big trees especially, and the area around trees can hold many finds, classically from people resting in the shade, working in the shade or playing. In the UK where the weather is not normally that hot, a shady tree on a hot summers day to sit under, is a great way to spill coins from pockets. Oak trees have great part to play in the landscape here. Their root system is especially well developed and has a particular relationship with a fine fungus type membrane - the name of which I completely forget. Trees of all kinds however will normally cause a change in
  11. That's a nice looking coin, and I'd be suggesting not to try cleaning any more. Cleaning can be difficult at best with these GIIIR coins - where it it rare to see one out the ground looking so nice. Over here (UK) these are normally green with the surface detail a mass of small corroded craters, but every so often a nice one may turn up depending on the ground. Nice find.
  12. Hi, the XP company make a really neat looking 'detecting' backpack for their own gear. They look really smart with lots of pockets, and what looks like a bit of thought in the design. http://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/blog-detection/en/news/xp-backpack-280/
  13. For coin shooting - for me that is searching a dense layer of shallow targets and hooking the coins out it has to be an older Tesoro with the 4 inch concentric coil. The reaction to targets, the small size and wand like movement in a carpet of signals makes this the go to option. It's not for general searching, but roadside verges, edge of sports fields, river bridges with a grass verge edge and play parks etc.
  14. Hi, yes I have the 10x12, the 11x8 and the 5x10 but rarely use the big coils unless on pasture - in which case the 10x12 for sure. On ploughed land after crops harvested, with maize fields the 5.75DD gets in around the stalks, and on barley stubble the coil is small enough to knock barley stubble over after its rotted slightly. The physics of small coil against resistance makes a big difference in that scenario, in any case I'm happy to go with area of coverage rather than depth. At those rare times I can get to a rolled and seeded permission, the 18x3 Cleansweep wins.
  15. Thanks for welcome. US cent (never actually found one of these), but made sense for scale in a global forum. The UK 1 penny coin is a touch bigger, and probably not that well recognised. The bone dice turned up on a field that is covered in buttons. Mainly metal, but some glass, and some bone buttons. Normally the dirt finds the veins in the bone and leaves brown streaky lines, but this dice was in a very sandy dry part of the site. The tax on dice originally related paying for the US revolutionary war, but they must have also started taxing all dice as these can be found in antique
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