26 March 2017
20 March 2017
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.
15 March 2017
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.
9 March 2017
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.
4 March 2017
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.
26 February 2017
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’. 🙂
20 February 2017
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.
16 February 2017
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…
11 February 2017
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.
5 February 2017