Archives For Metal Detecting

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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In 2008 I penned a story about Steve Brooker and mudlarking on the Thames foreshore. This was resurrected in a blog sometime in  2012, but was subsequently lost. Today I am pleased to say that I have recovered most of the material and am able to re-tell most of the original story. Just remember that things have changed in nine years; Steve, with co-presenter Johnny Vaughan, has gone on to bigger and better things. For example he is now looking forward to a 4th series of Mud Men, on the History Channel. Facebook page HERE.

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