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« on: January 04, 2019, 02:39:36 PM »

Hi All

As I mentioned, last week I went to my one and only Gloucestershire permission - it took me ten years before I finally got the permission - and last week was my third visit.

This time I intended to look at some of the ridge and furrow at the edge of the front lawns; this I did, but the landowner mentioned a tiny field - more like a small house plot without a house - next to the road, in the middle of the village / row of houses that constitutes the village. He also showed me some of his books about Gloucestershire - Samuel Rudder's 'A New History of Gloucestershire' for instance, which talked about the area - and some of the coins that had been found in the ruins of old houses.

I went to the small field first, and was about to give up when I found a silver watch back - it's got the name 'Sutton' scratched into it, but I haven't checked the hallmarks yet - strangely there are only two, plus the makers name, but I don't think it is that old. Then - almost abandoning the hole that I dug - I found a lovely Lizzie shilling - it's the same mm as the other one I found somewhere else four years ago, but a different bust type (this one is 1A) - certainly made (for me) my trip worthwhile.

Moving on to the ridge and furrow, I was a bit disappointed - I don't know if anyone else has much experience of it - but I found some Victorian pennies and other coins, but nothing old. My two slightly better finds were a triangle of silver (hallmarked) - probably from a cane - it also looks as if it was in a fire - and a cast metal bird - probably a robin as there was some red paint on its chest.

I had another good chat with the landowner - and I'm going back this weekend - there's the other side of the house where the road used to run and apparently their used to be some houses in the 1600's - and where the original Jacobean house stood - and then there is the area around the old farmhouse to look at too.

Most of the 'farm land' has already been planted, but there are one or two fields that haven't yet - one is opposite the roman villa that is on the land (but where I only found 1 roman coin!).

Any help with the hallmarks would be appreciated Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 02:51:37 PM »

The silver cane looks like 1905, London, with the maker Fanny Benjamin - but I'm not sure she was around in 1905.....
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 04:09:47 PM »

They say you live and learn. sure to be right.
The Lion we know is London. The Mark next to it foxed me for a while but I kept going back to 1688. Itís an ĎIí
I always thought pocket watches were a later accessory but it seems they were introduced to the U.K. at the end of the 15th cent.
Havenít look for the maker yet though.
You certainly had a good day out, in the end. Looking good for another visit.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 05:36:51 PM »

So I think the watch case dates from 1885 -  It's a Birmingham silver mark - missing out the anchor, but the maker is Rudolph Louis Platnauer, and the maker's mark has been seen on watch cases - only around 1884-1886 Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 06:02:56 PM »

Well found Roly. That's a nice day out by anyone's standards.  Like the Lizzie.  It's always nice to find some silver, especially a decent hammered coin.  Cheers.  Tom.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 06:53:18 PM »

Cracking day out rol,good permission there by the sounds it,plenty of goodies to be found ,lovely finds well done rol.cheers Ron, Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 02:09:49 PM »

nice finds well searched thanks for sharing
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2019, 10:27:24 AM »

good finds.
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2019, 10:55:33 PM »

Went back today, but most exciting finds were a cartwheel penny, a cap gun and a lead soldier.

It's a weird place in some ways - went to the roman villa - but I've yet to see any roman pottery there - apparently someone dumped about a foot of modern rubble on there at some point - but it was excavated in the 1960s - and the stuff is in Stroud museum.....looked at one of the footpaths crossing the site - absolutely nothing! Next time I apparently have to go and look near the Hermit's Cave....

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2019, 02:33:07 PM »

Lovely coin there Probono  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2019, 10:30:05 PM »

 Cool lovely shilling
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