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Digging for history

I’ve only just managed to find time to post about my escapades on Saturday, but here it is!

I was invited out for the day by the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club. I had never been metal detecting before, so it was a great chance to have a go! I was really excited about spending the day out and about hunting for items, and it was really sunny so we were fortunate with the weather. I didn’t even need my coat really as the sun was that hot. Considering it is October it was a rarity to even see the sodding sun!

So, back to the day! I had great fun, mostly due to the company who were a great laugh. I am sure I was the source of much of the amusement as I didn’t have the strength to actually dig to find items- in my defense  the ground was incredibly hard. I couldn’t get my spade to break the surface :(. Luckily I had a lot of help with that bit. Hehe.

My arms killed after doing it for four and a half hours- in fact, they still hurt, and I feel as though I have been weightlifting for a few days. But at least I got a workout! So, I’m sure you all want to know what I actually found…

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I particularly love the vintage OXO sign I found. That’s going to get framed and put in my new house for sure. I found a lot of old buttons, that I think are from the Victorian period. There was a beautiful piece of metal which may be either Roman or Anglo-Saxon (the piece with the zig-zag pattern across it) so I need to get that checked out at Birmingham Museum. Some of the coins I found were really in a bad state, but the large one that you can hardly see much detail on, which was examined by one of the guys I was with, might be from the Victorian period.

One of the buttons has a beautiful little bird design on it, which is the Bridgnorth Bird I think. I really need to do some research on these items! If anyone knows what some of the items are, do feel free to comment!!

Anyhoo, I’m hopefully going to do it again in the future, I had a fantastic day out and it was such a laugh.

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9 thoughts on “Digging for history

  1. How fun! I love these coins. They make me imagine who was the last person to handle them during their era.

  2. supernova on said:

    Very well done, great finds. I’m so pleased you enjoyed yourself. The crown looks like a warrant officer class 2 lapel badge. I posted a picture of one I found on my blog, have a look and see what you think. Best wishes SN.

    • Thank you, I loved the whole experience- really hoping to get out there again and have a see at what else I can find. I shall definitely head over to your blog and have a look for the badge! Thank you again!

  3. I found the badge you mentioned! It definitely looks like a warrant officer class 2 lapel badge, thank you so much for spotting it!

    • supernova on said:

      Oh magic! I’m really pleased, well done again. Hope you can go again soon, so best of luck for when you do. Are the two washer type things made of lead? The left one in particular looks like a lead spindle whorl, possibly medieval or older. The other one looks more modern, so I’m unsure about that one. Spindle whorls are very difficult to date as they were used from Roman times to early post medieval. Great finds! Speak soon. SN

      • Thanks! I’m quite new to all of this, you seem to really know your stuff! I’m sure you’re right about the other items- I really need to take them into a museum and get them looked at. I did find a multitude of buttons which is what most of the items are, but yes you’re right about the lead item!

      • supernova on said:

        No problem, I also have some stuff that I can’t identify so I need to go to a museum too. There’s so much out there it’s mind boggling, isn’t it? SN

      • Definitely!! History so close beneath our feet!

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