WHAT IS IT?

“At the time I was one of the administrators on an online forum so I posted a picture and awaited identification. Nothing. Not a sausage …”

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FRANK’S FIND IS ON THE LEFT

Who Were The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers?

Most of us will have heard of the Freemasons and some of my subscribers may even know of their inner workings. The Royal Andediluvian Order of Buffaloes may also be familiar, but I reckon not many have heard of that other fraternal organisation, the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers.

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PROLOGUE

In the late 1950’s, when I was but a spotty callow youth, scared of girls and inexperienced in the ways of the world, silver money was of a higher quality. Maybe my memory fails me but did I handle Victorian copper coins still in circulation in the 1940’s? The condition was very poor. Here are some well-worn examples from my own collection.

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PICTURED – BARNEYS XRAY FROM THE VET SHOWING THE RING INSIDE!  Credit lineProfimedia.cz, Caters News

When Karen Woolley from Nottinghamshire mislaid her diamond ring she suspected that her puppy Barney, a cocker spaniel cross miniature poodle, might have something to do with the disappearance. But how could she prove it? Karen and husband Steve hunted high and low for the diamond-encrusted ring after which Steve suggested that they used an old metal detector – the one they’d acquired ages ago and never used.

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The note on the left (top and bottom) was first issued in 1948 and ceased to be legal tender in 1962. The one shown on the right (top and bottom) was first issued in 1961 and withdrawn in 1970. This was the first and only issued Bank of England 10 Shilling note to carry a portrait of the monarch. COURTESY BANK OF ENGLAND

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