I was in my local coffee shop yesterday morning sipping a latte and reading a free newspaper, when I saw an article that brought back a few dormant memories. The title was ‘Traceable Water to Save Antiquities from Looters’. But, more about that later.

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“I Won’t Tell You Again!”

If your parents were anything like mine, they probably told you a million times when you were growing up that money doesn’t grow on trees. It was a hard lesson, but the meaning was simple – it’s not easy to get money and my father had to work hard to make money. You can’t just walk around and pick it like fruit from the trees.

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The FUMSUP Charm

15 March 2017 — 19 Comments

I don’t think Steve Grundy is a detectorist, but he was interested in my recent blogpost on the subject of sweetheart brooches, and contacted me about an item he had in his collection. I must confess that I’d never come across this before, and was rather intrigued.

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My recent post about coin cleaning reminded Roland (Swiss Rolly) about an incident when he was a schoolboy in Hertfordshire. The technique he describes certainly cleaned the coins but isn’t recommended for your precious detecting finds … this is a delightful story from childhood.

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I’m so pleased! Micheal Rawlins, is a Canadian detectorist. But you already know that, because he was the winner of the competition I held in December last year. What you perhaps don’t know is that he is a prolific, passionate and successful collector of all things ‘military’, just like Dean Owen, the subject of a recent blogpost.

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Keeping a regular blog isn’t easy, especially when you are not a practising detectorist. Coming up with something new on a regular basis can be a challenge. Perhaps I spend too much time reminiscing about the old days. I have no doubt that looking back and remembering how things used to be can be seen as a staple diet of this blog. And I don’t apologise for that. If you don’t like my ramblings then you can always ‘switch me off’. 🙂

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Many detectorists have adopted techniques for cleaning their finds and these methods have often been passed down as good practice. Sometimes the results can be impressive, but professional conservators tell us that they can do more harm than good. I’m not here to pass judgement, but to state facts. I’ve never cleaned a find in several year’s detecting; Mrs John was my cleaner and conservator. From what I observed, the main tools she used were a tooth pick and a soft brush.

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The Canadian Collector

16 February 2017 — 11 Comments

Twelve years ago I made friends with a Canadian detectorist who frequented an English forum. His nom-de-plume was ‘Dean ( Whitby ), but his real name was Dean Owen. I have lost touch with him. The last I heard he was living with his partner in Ajax in the Durham region of Southern Ontario. Continue Reading…

Silver York Token of 1811

11 February 2017 — 13 Comments

Detectorist Brian Ridley, a detecting forum friend of mine, is very skilled in restoring Dinky-type toys found by detectorists. He also dabbles in creating ‘trench’ type items. He also goes out searching occasionally! In the early 90’s, on one of his permissions, he found an interesting six pence token, which I’d like to share with you.

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Throughout the year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds newly popular words to its lineup, and in 2016 it introduced over 1000, including phrases, many of which originated and were made popular online. In 2013 The ‘word of the year was ‘selfie’.

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