Towards the end, when my active detecting days were few and far between, I became rather complacent and uncritical about the finds I was making. Unless the artefact was good, gold or looked significant in some other way, I simply assigned it to a tin box. I have used the word advisedly; the find wasn’t placed carefully, swaddled in cotton wool and recorded on a database. This was my ‘junk’ box!
That long forgotten repository came to light the other day when I was searching for something else … and I now find the contents, however mundane, very fascinating! It’s also some kind of proof to the unbelievers that I was once a metal detectorist. Here’s the contents of the box: 🙂
TAKE MY PICK – THE SUSPENSE!
I have extracted two or three items, sincerely hope that you approve of my choice and also gain some insight along the way. First up is a small but very evocative find reminding me of my childhood.
As a small child, I used to sleep in the same bedroom as my mother. My father worked most nights down the pit. Like most woman of that era she wore a corset having a ‘hose supporter’ attached to the bottom, so her stockings could be easily removed – like this one I found whilst detecting.
I was often still awake when she came to bed and when she divested herself (in the dark) of the corset and stockings, she must have had an overwhelming feeling of relief and ecstasy as she scratched, pleased to be rid of that infernal clothing. It was a somewhat noisy and pleasurable ritual I shall never forget.
The example shown above is the ubiquitous velvet grip hose supporter clasp sold all over the world by the George Frost Company of Boston, Massachusetts. The original advertisement is from about 1908. ‘The name is stamped on every loop’. Click to enlarge.
Next up, as DiggerDave says in his videos, is a copper alloy clothes fastener probably from the 16th century. The body shape of Tudor hooked fasteners are varied and styles are numerous. The definitive work on these items is a book by Brian Read, Hooked Clasps and Eyes, which I reviewed in an earlier blog, unfortunately lost. The book is highly recommended.