Sunday, January 26, 2014

L and C Hardtmuth

I beach hunted both Friday and Saturday evenings to take advantage of the low tides. Two beaches. Despite my best efforts there is little to show for it except for one thing that caught my eye. I am a bit  of a sucker for anything old with a hallmark or name on it and the item below had L and C Hardtmuth on the ring. Turns out to be a brass pencil holder from about the 1920's for pencils that have worn down too short to hold. It is incomplete but still works after how many years in the sea?

The company has some history.
Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth a.s. is a Czech manufacturer and one of the world's largest producers and distributors of a full line of pencils, pens, and art supplies.[1] Formed in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth of Austria, the company was named after the Koh-i-Noor, a famous Indian diamond. In 1802, they patented the first pencil lead made from a combination of clay and graphite.
In 1848, Joseph's sons, Karl and Ludwig took over the family business, and the production was relocated to the Bohemian town of Budweis (České Budějovice), which belongs now to the Czech Republic. The products were awarded in many world exhibitions, among which in 1855 in New York, 1856, 1900 and 1925 in Paris, 1862 in London, 1882 in Vienna and 1905 in Milan.
At the 1889 World Fair in Paris, the Hardtmuth's displayed their superior pencils rebranded as "Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth". The new product which soon became a runaway success set the standard by which all other pencils were made, and graded. Each pencil was encased in a yellow cedar-wood barrel. The inspiration for the name was the famous Koh-i-Noor (meaning "Mountain of Light") diamond, part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and the largest diamond in the world at the time.
Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth eventually became a state-owned company after the Second World War, before once again becoming privately held in 1992 and being bought-out in 1994 by the Gama Group

Here is the rest of the recyclables and other junk I dug. The pocket knife has no name.

For a country that does not carry guns there are all sorts of bullets both old and new to be found on our beaches.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Earrings record

Yesterday afternoon saw me back at what seems to have become my regular beach. I suppose this is partly because I usually find something.   This time my   E Trac was smoking hot and finds just kept popping up, often small items from 12 to 18" down into the old beach base. Nine earrings!! No value but that must be some sort of record for a hunt. Two rings. One stainless CTR and one 925 with 2 stones and 1 missing. The brass bracelet was all stiff and caked in black stuff but has cleaned up reasonably well and is complete. A good 18" down too. I don't know what the brass disc with dog is off, maybe a handbag, it says made in Italy on the back. The fresh drop Carabina will be great for holding rings while hunting. I always dig the grapeshot in case it is something else. $2.70 in cash. All in all the most interesting hunt of the holidays.

The rings.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Silver Bullet

I spent my afternoon detecting at a local beach on a rising tide, not expecting to find much as this beach is regularly hunted . So I was pleased to find these two 925 silver items, another lead bullet and $8.60 in spendable coins. I had the screen on the E Trac wide open so I also dug a lot of junk and some lead sinkers.
All good fun.

The stone of the ear ring compliments the stones in the ring but they were found 100 m apart so a coincidence no doubt. Unusually the bullet seems to be unfired and still has the wooden wadding intact.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Family Silver

My silver finds have been given a boost by the coin contents of a small box type writing desk left to me by my parents. Had it for a few years and only got to sort through it yesterday. Here is the result. 

3 American silver coins. 2 x 1943 War Nickels and a 1942 Half Dollar all minted in San Francisco

and the whole group:

4 NZ silver
5 Australian
1 Fiji
1 Greek
1 South African
5 English
and 3 USA

The Canadian 5c and French franc 2nd and 3rd from left in the top row are from my detecting finds.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Pt Chev beach silver

Enjoyed a few hours on Pt Chevalier beach late today for low tide. I spent most of the time out on the mudflats and managed a few finds amongst the disused boat moorings. This is the best of it.

The ring on the left is .925 silver and the other stainless steel. $9.10 in cash and the Budda which at first glance looks like Gold plating but it has actually been dipped in an orange laquer or similar.

To the other hunter on the beach who I did not get to meet. Hope you did OK too. 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Silver n cash

Yesterday evening I revisited the park where I had found the half crown a few days ago seeking more silver. Knowing that this park has been heavily hunted I was quite happy to spend several hours in the pursuit and here is the result.

A bit meagre I suppose but with the $20 cash it made a good hunt as there were plenty of targets to keep it interesting.

The graduated 30ml stainless steel measure cup was at about 35cm deep and quite unexpected for a park find.