On the 26th June I posted a blog about a box and its forgotten repository of detecting finds. John Brassey, author, aesthete, gourmet, blogger, detectorist and Framlingham’s answer to Samuel Pepys, made a comment at the time. He forecast, “There’s enough material in that box for three or four blogs.” And he was almost right; this will be number five.
I’m adding suggestions in red as they arrive …
I don’t have a lot to say about these items, simply because I don’t know much, but can hazard a guess at my first example is a pointer from a clock. I could be wrong.
Unless it has a pivot point on the bottom is not for a clock … try a sundial. This item doesn’t have a pivot … reminds me of a Roman nail cleaner, but I guess it isn’t Roman
Second up is a flimsy pendant-type thingy made of tin. I haven’t tried to open it, and I don’t think that it was meant to open. The height is one and a half inches. Like all of the finds I have shown you in this ‘series’, none of them has been cleaned.
Locket for a curl of hair
The next two items are more substantial and made of a stronger material. The first, at 2.3 inches diameter, is most interesting. The picture on the left looks distorted but this is because I was unable to lay it flat on the scanner.
Horse harness boss x 3; Madonna’s nipple covers; Brass boss from a bridle bit – style dates from the 16th century
The next item is 1.5 inches in diameter, uncleaned, but has some interesting markings. Perhaps I should smother it in tomato ketchup or summat to reveal more. Only joking! But perhaps it deserves a clean.
Keyhole cover x 2; Lock cover; Bolt cover from Victorian poster bed
Two inches long and looks like it ‘might’ be a rather large cap of some kind. Is that a screw thread? I’m not so sure. ‘Tis very dirty.
Top off a sun brolly; End of sheath to protect knives; Antique automobile valve cap x 2
Also in the box, but I remember publishing on another occasion all those years ago when I first found them. Still have no idea of what they are. Do you? They are about 0.5 of an inch in diameter and made of lead.
Piano key weights x 2