Category Archives: Metal detecting
I’ve not been out detecting much recently. This lot came from inland – it’s nice to get away from the beach occasionally.
Buckles seem to be quite a common find. These are all some sort of copper alloy so they’re quite well preserved.
The barrel-tap key is a throwback to a different way of life. The key offered some security when barrels of beer or cider were taken out into the field.
I did find one coin – an 1861 penny. This is the oldest coin I’ve found so far (and possibly the oldest item).
I went out with a metal detecting club last weekend. It was my first time off the beach. We were on fields in the Weald.
I concentrated on pasture and with my first signal picked up my first pre-decimal coin. It’s a 1906 Edward VII penny with a nice patina.
The rest of the day was pretty barren for me. Just before the rain came though I dug up a 1928 farthing from some peaty soil. It’s pretty badly corroded. It’s years since I’ve seen one in the flesh. We used to play ‘shops’ with them at my gran’s cottage years ago.
The rest of the day supplied a soaking, some useful practice in laying turves, several bits of tat (including a shotgun cartridge) and this. I think it’s the window opener from an alien space craft.
Why do people melt down aluminium on the beach?
You find a lot of this and it gives a strong ‘coin like’ signal on the old detector. The small ingots can be a sod to find amongst the pebbles.
Crotal bells are a favourite find for metal detectorists. They were attached to horse harnesses to warn people of the approach of horses on narrow lanes. They were in use from medieval times until the nineteenth century.
This is not a crotal bell. At a stretch it might be a budgie bell – attached to budgie harnesses to warn people of the approach of budgies on narrow lanes.
It’s probably from a dog or cat collar.
I’ve no idea what this is. The red metal is a coppery material, the yellow is brassy. I get the feeling it might be the innards of something larger.
If you have an idea what it might be – please do let me know.
Some nice photos by Tom Davies. I happen to be in them (GITMD) but I like them because of the contexts. Thanks, Tom.
This was taken at Bodiam Castle’s medieval weekend. That’s me presenting the Baker Talk to a small audience in front of the West Range. I’m afraid that the hat has since been eaten by a dog.
Is this a shotgun cartridge? It seems a strange find for a beach. People do find Second World War and earlier ammo though.
UPDATE: Apparently it’s a cannon shell. It’s a pretty big one!
If you see a size you need, let me know.
I’m guessing that when the chain rusts the ‘pearls’ probably aren’t real.
A small sample of the beer bottle tops scattered across Bexhill’s beach. Not good if you’re barefoot.
Other beer brands are available.
The printed squares are 1cm by 1cm.