Archives For April 2019

THE CLICKER – An update – April 2018

“Only recently, clickers were brought to notice again when the film The Longest Day showed American paratroopers using clickers as a means of identification … “

A desperate bid has been launched to track down devices which were a lifeline for British soldiers during the D-Day landings.

The Acme Clicker

Have you seen a a genuine D-D Day clicker like the one above? If so contact Ben by clicking HERE and reading the article.

This is an update to an earlier post of mine. Please click HERE to see original …


Four Holes In my Button

27th April 2019 — 32 Comments

Some of Mrs John’s buttons pictured by JW

I know that I haven’t been well but my subject today is a subject many of you will find uninteresting and you may think that this old duffer has finally lost the plot. On the contrary. Today I tell of the finding of a (mundane) button and the cleaning and research … but then I go off on a tangent

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The making of mosaics

I made a few notes and exchanged stories with Anne as the work slowly and painstakingly continued. The pattern magically beginning to appear was a distinctive geometric design, although a vase and flowers were later visible.

IMG_0599Photograph © JW

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Exciting Find – a Resurrection for Easter

Long term readers of the UK detecting magazine The Searcher, may be familiar with the names of Mike PIttard and Anne Laverty, who were first featured in 1989 when Mike found a clay pot containing a massive hoard of over 22,500 Roman coins. That’s another story and has been well documented. Below is a reminder of the front cover of the magazine.

© John Winter

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Remarkable Gold Cup

17th April 2019 — 27 Comments

Rag and Bone Man’s Special Find – Steptoe’s Gold!

Some finds I write about are quite unique and lodge themselves in a special part of my memory labelled Don’t Forget!  The story of the small metal cup I first published in 2008 is a good example.

For overseas readers (who may not be aware of the significance of my title}, it is enough to know that it refers to the BBC comedy Steptoe and Son, about two men who dealt in selling used items. Here’s my report:

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