Very happy with this find from Saturday, from pasture that I've been on several times before.
I've done a bit of research and its 'Old English' in style which came in around 1760 and as it is hallmarked on the back of stem towards the bowl, its likely to be pre-1780.
I've been on a silver spoon forum and they enhanced the image (below left) finally settled on this mark (below right) as the most likely.
Although it is very worn on the spoon, the star is the right six-pointed style and the only one I could find, plus its the mark of Thomas Northcote (registered Aug 1776) so its the right date and he was apparently a known spoonmaker.
Well I've been struggling with a really dicky shoulder for about two months now. It really wasn't getting better and detecting was painful and certainly not aiding recovery.
I've been out twice now with a harness made out of a bungee and a strap as opposed to the rucksack. It works amazingly well and takes all the weight off - soooo much more comfortable!
Finds are in very short supply just now despite going out in all weathers. Very frustrating as there are some choice sites nearby but got a 'No' so I need to find a 'middle man' who knows the bloke.
Found this today on pasture. Lovely item but hard to date - I think late medieval at latest.
ID'd as a Chafing Dish Handle.
Out for 2 hours today and turned up my first hammy for 2013 :) and a Victorian Silver 3 pence. Hammy is in very poor condition but its Elizabeth I and probably a groat but almost no image on either side.
Positive thoughts .......
Hopeful I'm going to find some significant new path but can't force these things so for now just looking forward to a great year detecting and generally. Now free to do what I want every day - weird or what!
I must find a decent new site soon. My old permission is giving me so many blank days so I'm looking to go out today to my new permission on A38. Not over excited though as I know its been heavily searched before but nice pasture round a farm with a friendly farmer and maybe meet some other diggers.
New years resolutions - be happy - keep sane - stay married - find treasure!
I found this Henry viii groat last weekend on pasture about 9in deep. Very happy as its my first decent silver hammered for ages and a new monarch in my finds. Not the greatest pics as light was poor but I'll redo soon. Lightly cleaned with silver foil and saliva method just enough to bring up detail.
I have finally got round to buying a display cabinet for my finds. This one was £40 from IKEA and perfect for the job.
There isn't space for every last item but it made me realise how much crap I've been keeping.
I've consigned all the rubbish to one box but still not chucked it!
I still need to find a good way to display the hundreds of copper pennies and halfpennies but no room for now!
Well lots has changed for me now and I'm no longer working. I'm thinking of buying a campervan and going camping/detecting all over the country ;)
I had a great result at Coroners court earlier this month. The museum had taken two of our Celtic Staters after threatening us with arrest if we didn't hand them in!
After months of strained exchanges with the british museum we went to coroners inquest where who should turn up for the bm..... Roger Bland - Head of Antiquities and treasure and creator of the PAS!
He was very confident, saying at one point that he had written this particular part of the act......
"the Act does not have retrospective effect: for example, if a finder
discovers first one coin on a particular site, which will not be treasure, and
then subsequently discovers more coins on the same site, which will then
qualify as treasure, the original discovery will not be considered as treasure."
Mr Bland was claiming that when they wrote 'subsequent discoveries' they meant items found years not days apart...
.....it was quite funny when the coroner told him that if he meant that, then he should have written it but he hadn't so my understanding was correct.
The coroner went on to decide that neither should be treasure anyway because as we said from the start they were two separate single coin finds. Mr Bland took it quite well. I thought it was weird they sent their top man or he sent himself!
I think it was because I wouldn't concede to them when they were stretching the law to suit them. They also got up to some surprisingly dirty tricks.....not what I expected from a respected organisation.
Hi, just a quick message to say detecting is suspended until harvest time as I can't get on any fields. Just got notification of Coroners Court date for treasure inquest so I'll do a message on the outcome.
Godd Luck and Stay Happy