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    South West England
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    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. Thanks for that. I think I was so caught up thinking it was a quarter that I hadn't looked hard enough at the half reale sizing. That's now sparked the memory that different arrangement of local currency valuation - so the 8reale was valued at near enough 5 shillings UK - continued long after in history to be the foundation of difference between the $ (US) and the £sterling. This one was pretty well in the middle of the field, but those shady areas are always looked at, and the areas where the shade used to be. Any ploughed out hedges, or any holly bushes in live hedges - which are somet
  2. For my favourite field this was the very last visit of this years season, the ploughing and seeding happening in the last few days I won't return until after whatever grows is harvested. On this last visit a few odd buttons, a couple small copper coins and a very healthy looking silver coin. Healthy being round, the older hammered silver coins when found normally a little bit clipped - and not quite round. I was nowhere near a colonial site, and for a UK find this was completely unexpected. I was suddenly taken to being on a quest to find some Discovery channel lost treasure. The pillars
  3. Hi, yes Victoria 1900 six pence will be .925 silver. The British silver coins dropped to .500 in 1920 then no silver in 1947 - both dates significant as a couple years after the end of the respective World Wars and the same reason - to help pay the war debt.
  4. Hi, this may be of some interest - from the 1989 Tesoro magazine where an article on the Lobo suggests it was launched around then. I use a Tejon and have been lucky to get the small 4 by 7 ellipticon (elliptical concentric) coil, but I've never seen any of the bigger ones.
  5. Hi, so that has all the basic appearances of a piece of 'sword belt hanging furniture'. The best pictures of these are in reference books that are all in copyright still, but there are a few similar to be found doing an internet search. The main feature is a swirly leafy shape, small fixing holes near the extremities forming a triangle, and an uplift to the part that has snapped off that would have been a flattened hook - in essence your picture is upside down to how it would have been worn performing its function. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/358176976593006761/ This was the best
  6. Hi, the little brass item is a harness/belt stud or decoration. They are essentially small shiny brass shapes sometimes silver plated, sometimes tin or white metal plated, to decorate up a leather belt and would normally have 2 hooked tangs on the back to fix in leather a bit like a staple. One of the tangs is broken on yours - not uncommon and sometimes part of the reason they fell off. Typically they range in date from the 1600's but are difficult to pin down exactly in time as like all things like that they were used over a long period. Shapes vary, but they are good sign of age and people
  7. Hi Tim I use the 6inch coil nearly all the time, and I also noticed it seems better with the sensitivity down to mid teens or lower. It may just be the ground but it seemed to work better. I completely agree a site is never worked out. I see the suggestion of aerial photos has just been made, on a similar line can you access maps going back over time. Along with building changes sometimes subtle things change like entrances and pathways. Any old trees that used to be there (back in 1915) for which there may be no obvious sign nowadays. Any outdoor seating. If there is a water run off, is
  8. A very interesting read, and some great depth of thought going on. I do have to wonder why a cheap and easy plug and play S shaft solution isn't on the market yet - and I'm thinking along the lines of adapting the right size alloy tube with a pipe bender, and drill. A solution that's already in use (it's out there on the web somewhere). For some it makes no difference either way (straight or S). For me a vintage arm injury, and just what might be termed 'muscle memory' - and that's not just arm muscle, but eyes watching the ground and feet movement in relation to slow and low coil sweep.
  9. Hi Steven, yes I still have this, it has pride of place in my box of odd things.
  10. I exclusively use wired headphones. The thought of a wireless link, the adding complexity to a complex system for me gives more concern than any benefit it might bring. The connection by wire gives good sound, and never fails. I've never tripped on a headphone cable yet!
  11. Model coin included for scale (top right copper coin 10mm diameter). These tiny little silver coins are difficult comprehend when clean, let alone when still mixed with mud. The smallest (the rosette one) is a half penny of James 1st about 1620, others are a bit earlier.
  12. 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,
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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