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« on: April 16, 2012, 07:09:17 PM »

Hello All.I went on a club dig up to Devon yesterday and it was a cracking day out.It was an early start,up at 5,met up with the other members at 8,with another hour's drive to the farm.The field that I spent most of the day in, was huge and surrounded by some stunning  views.

My first good find was a beehive thimble,almost complete,I've never had one of these before.My previous thimbles have been the thin,copper type and always squashed,so I was chuffed.Next up was a cracking Hibernia half penny 1723.The portrait is in very good condition and it is definitely my oldest and best copper find to date. Grin




I also found other various bits and pieces,a nice clothes fastener,some broken bits of ornate copperwork,part of what might be a purse bar,some musket balls and the usual shotty cartridges,lead and buttons etc.Then I got a cracking signal and out popped this



At first I thought it might be a compass,but it was hard to tell,so after a while I put it in my box and carried on.I didn't find much more,not that I was complaining,I did very well.I saw a few nice hammereds fall to some of the other members,and a few nice milled silvers too.
When I got home I gave my "compass" a gentle clean up.I then noticed the numbers inside and realised that the lettering on the outside represented the months of the year and it is a pocket sundial. Grin


Really pleased with it,one of my best finds ever.Here's some of my finds.


Hopefully seeing my FLO tomorrow,so looking forward to showing her.Cheers Wink
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 07:13:42 PM »

nice finds neil , that coin is a woods halfpenny or farthing depending on size and quite scarce , the yanks go nuts for them as they were a colonial issue
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 09:04:36 PM »

Well done Neil some nice finds there, loving the sundial  Wink ...I want one .. Super pics, Don't forget our day out when your ready  Wink Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 09:13:51 PM »

Great finds - the pocket sundial is very nice Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 11:23:38 PM »

Great find, love the coin
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 05:50:48 AM »

Nice pocket sundial, found one many years ago near an old church, they are now quite valuable. Well done!
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012, 06:30:06 AM »

One of my first finds with my old 250 was a pocket sundial Smiley Some lovely finds there, stunning setting too, looks like a great day out, well done.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 07:36:45 AM »

Well done on the sun dial - I also found one a few years ago in woodland, but not in anywhere near as nice condition. Does anyone have an idea on the date of these and how they would look complete?

Hopefully your recent detecting luck will rub off on the mighty Villa - looking a tad dicey there!

see you soon
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 01:27:37 PM »

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/e56d/
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 02:28:05 PM »

Found three in all.Two were lucky bag material Copper,and the other a classy sundial made of Brass. like Villans.
Mine was dated early 1700s,think Villans a bit earlier.The only thing missing on this Sundial is the metal circular strip in the middle this would slide around for adjustment.I see like Villans mine was missing to.....Think the strip must have been made of Steel.......Sold it to a Dealer at a Rally in Hampshire for  170.00 He  in fact was a member of the POCKET SUNDIAL SOCIETY and commited this one was the best he had seen,so Villain polish it up they come up great.Loved the Beehive Thimble and bits and Bobs....Loved the inlet you were searching.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 02:47:53 PM »

well done Villan m8, nice finds and nice photos as well. Wink
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012, 04:45:29 PM »

Cheers for the replies and info folks  Wink
I spoke to my FLO and we will be meeting up next week.I also did a bit of research and found this,very similar to mine and it's quite an interesting read.

http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ceejays_site/pages/pocket_sundial.htm
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012, 04:52:29 PM »

Well done Neil some nice finds there, loving the sundial  Wink ...I want one .. Super pics, Don't forget our day out when your ready  Wink Wink
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Hello Phil,Whenever you can see yourself having the time,let us know buddy,my campervan is 99% complete,so it will be a great excuse to have a nice full day detecting and I'll pitch up somewhere near and not have to do the whole journey/detecting thing in one day.Thanks mate really looking forward to it  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2012, 04:53:42 PM »

Hello
Great find Neil Id be very pleased if i found one .
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2012, 05:19:13 PM »

 ;Dhi villian you can pitch your van here on the farm ..love the sun dial...glad your back to full health
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