Archives For Metal Detecting

As forecast, I wasn’t inundated with entries, but both of the three submissions (sic) were very good and the final choice of winner wasn’t easy. I have chosen JOHN RADFORD’S effort as the winner of John Brassey’s Book. Congratulations to him and also thanks to the others for their competition entries – and to John B, of course, for donating a copy of his super second novel.

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A regular subscriber to my Searcher Medley column is detectorist Bob Burton of Birmingham. He recently sent me another interesting item found in the Midlands, which is relevant to the social history of the area.

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The hornbook has been available since the 15th century or earlier, and was perhaps the original teaching aid lasting over 400 years, designed to introduce young children to reading. But it wasn’t really a book at all!

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I blogged about John Brassey, metal detectorist and author, on the occasion of his first novel in 2014. You can read about it HERE.

The good news, three years later, is that John has produced a super second novel entitled  Mr. Prendergast’s Fantastic Find, which is perhaps funnier than the first and of such good quality that I was unable to put it down for long periods. I was literally ‘gripped’ by the story.

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Robert Wechsler

Many detectorists will no doubt view the complex geometric forms made from coins notched and joined together as another kind of oddity. But what artist Robert Wechsler has done is to assemble an incredible assortment of ‘sculptures’ using pound coins, pennies and dimes and also coins from other countries.

 

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Aesica Brooch of the early Roman period – Image courtesy of the UKDFD

Younger detectorists will probably only know Richard Hattatt by a reference to him when they come to record their find on a database, but his contribution to the hobby cannot be underestimated.

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Sixpence by JW

What seem the best ideas for a blog post usually invade my consciousness at about ‘clock in the morning when I am restless and trying to get some sleep. In the cool light of day any thoughts can sometimes turn out to be rubbish. This was a case in point, even though the idea sounded good at the time.

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