Sunday, March 18, 2012

1919 Silver and 1843 Lead

The results from several hunts this weekend are quite small but the actual hunting was very enjoyable as on two hunts I had my son along to have a go for the first time. He was using the Ace 250 and although teenage boys expect instant finds to just magically  pop up everywhere he did find his first $2 coin and then figure out how to discriminate just for $2 coins on his own which was encouraging.

My best finds were a pair 1919 English threepence's and two bullets. One of each from two separate parks and $26 goldies plus the usual pennies, sinkers, etc.etc.

Here are the pics -

I don't know much about these lead bullets except that they weigh 32.5grams each, are hollow at one end and measure 14mm x 26mm long.

Edit: I have since found that these bullets are from 0.577 Enfield Musket Rifles as used in the NZ Maori Land Wars from the 1800"s. For more see the Armed Forces finds tab on the home page of this blog.

That's all folks.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Park Loot

Two hunts this weekend. Late Friday evening and early Sunday morning.
Both were park hunts for a total of about 7 hours.
Quite weird really as I was looking for silver and found none while not really chasing Goldies and found plenty.  So there is not a lot of visual to show you this post but here it is anyway.

The bottom row left is a traders token and in a rough state just like the first one found back in December.  It looked the same as that one too which was an 1863 H Ashton Habidashery but now although the reverse is the same, I am not so sure.
Next is my first 100 Franc French Polynesia coin and then my oldest English Halfpenny so far at 1898.
I don't know what the white lead item is. Sort of bullet shaped with no rifling marks and partly hollow at the square end. One of you may know what it is.

No doubt finding sinkers means people are still enjoying fishing in the parks and the badge confirms that Pauline has actually been to Disneyland. The .243 soft nose Winchester rifle shell case is perhaps the newest case I have found and I do wonder why it would be found in a local park at all. The older .303 cordite powered case's we all find are understandable as many of the parks in Auckland were temporary Army camps for both wars but one online site dates this .243 shell case at 1965. 

A tip I discovered recently - Farthings are about the same size as a 2 cent coin. Just a little smaller. I now check every 2c as I would like to find a Farthing in decent nick.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Convict Silver

When this item popped up in my park hunt recently it was fortunate that I caught a glimpse of a hallmark through the mud as I had  nearly biffed it not being able to think what it might be.

After washing it when I got home sure enough there were the hallmarks.

The marks read JJ and then the anchor for Birmingham, Lion for Sterling silver and the letter C in a crest shape blank for the year 1800. This got my brain buzzing a bit trying to decide what it was as it is only about 30 mm across and quite delicate. On researching the makers mark of JJ a reasonable possibility of its purpose emerged. 

JJ is the mark of Jacob Josephson a jeweler from England who in the early 1800's apparently got caught with fake pound notes in his pocket and some other stolen property. He was convicted and deported to Australia for 14 years. There he continued his jewelry business as well as dealing in property, eventually becoming a respected local businessman. An online copy of a newspaper advertisement of the day shows he was not just selling jewelry but perfume as well. 

That was the clue that alerted me to believe this find was originally fitted to a perfume bottle and held in place by the cap in a manner similar to the mocked up bottle example below.  Perhaps the three small holes near the fluted edge had  a small charm attached. No doubt it was cheap perfume in a flash bottle and the silver trim placed it in the upper end of the market. Must have looked quite smart when new.These days of course perfume sellers do not need silver as they have plastics to give the same result.

Although this trim is marked sterling silver and looks like silver, can I be sure that dear Jacob had not found a way to fake this as well? And why was it buried in a park? Perhaps ladies took their perfume with them to watch sports in the 1800's 

Well that's my story.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekend Mix.

Despite the weather I got 3 hunts in this weekend.
On Saturday evening as the wild wind had died down I decided to follow Max's lead and went down to Mission Bay at 8pm. For a while I almost had the whole beach to myself. I did not expect a lot of finds but the E Trac managed $3.30 from very deep coins. Knowing the high volume of detector traffic on this beach I was happy with that and just enjoyed the beach in the dark. Might do it again soon.

Friday evening and Sunday morning hunts were again at my current favourite sports park. Got 5 silver items altogether. Two NZ sixpences and the 3 items in this pic. The centre coin is a 1905 English shilling and the right hand item from 1800 will have a post of it's own in due course.
 I thought I had found another thruppence at last but the small coin turned out to be a Canadian 1910 silver five  cents. Is this a bit unusual? Has anyone else found Canadian silver?  

The next pic is the best of the 2 hunts. 

The 6 old type twenty cent coins were in a neat stack in the same hole. Dont know what the round thing with the square hole is. Could be a belt drive pulley. 


Gold number 2

Got a phone call from the Police Property Officer yesterday.
" Can you come and pick up the find you handed in a while back"
"Yes". I said.

So I did.
Here it is.
2.8 grams of 9 ct. looking good.