Never a dull day on the pasture.

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As I loaded my detecting gear into the car it started snowing, so I took that as a good omen. It had brightened up by the time I arrived at the same pasture field as last time and I decided to stay around the low end of it. Last time my second target was a silver shilling, and this time my first target was folded silver hallmarked 1907. A halfpenny soon followed then all was quiet for a while. A small enamelled pendant was followed by a small piece of folded foil which had a certain look about it, when unfolded revealed it's silver hallmark, also 1907.
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The wind whipped up and a snow flurry came across, another good omen I thought, so I moved down near the footpath. There is lots of iron here for some reason so I went real slow and picked out a high tone. I could see the milled edge of a silver coin but could tell that it was no ordinary coin by it's shape in the clod.
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It is an 1894 South African shilling that has been made into a brooch.
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So with that most unexpected surprise I thought I had better slowly search more of the footpath even though it was really a bit dry. The weather soon brightened up again and there were a few small buttons including one of the Royal Horse Artillery depicting a cannon, an odd coincidence as I had found a toy cannon here last visit! A quite nice bag seal showed of Phoenix brand cement dating late 1800's. A banging 36 target surprised me as that really should not still be here, I guessed either big silver or even bigger copper? It was trade weight 7.4 oz (209g) that looks well old, no markings. I have no idea how I missed this one in all the times I have previously swung along this footpath between fields, but they do seem to be giving up more this year.
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That South African shilling is really lovely. I’d be chuffed to bits with that :clapping: :Star: What is it about that field and silver though? It’s like they just spread it about all over like a premium field of contaminated green waste - real silver foil included. Bet you’ll be disappointed when the field is completely exhausted as you’ve had a great run on it!
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Cor! What a great field.
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Oxgirl wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:29 pm That South African shilling is really lovely. I’d be chuffed to bits with that :clapping: :Star: What is it about that field and silver though? It’s like they just spread it about all over like a premium field of contaminated green waste - real silver foil included. Bet you’ll be disappointed when the field is completely exhausted as you’ve had a great run on it!
This is not the 'Silver field' Cath, that's next door but one. Yes, there is a crazy amount of silver on these fields. I must have had about 20 bits in the last half a dozen visits. Apart from two 18th c silver spoons, all of the other hallmarked bits are about 1890 to 1910. There is still a lot of the 200 acres of pasture to search and areas to redo again, no greenwaste here at all, just that silver trash! :D
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Cracking find, that shilling. Amazing what some patience and a fret saw can achieve :thumbsup:
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It beggars belief how much work would have gone into turning that shilling into a brooch like that..

Any theories why these particular fields are yielding so much silver?
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Pete E wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:27 pm Any theories why these particular fields are yielding so much silver?
The casual losses like silver brooches, spoons and pocket watches show the amount of activity that took place but not sure about the rest of it. A few strips had been intentionally rolled up so not lost with the item they were once fixed to. Perhaps silver wasn't considered worth recycing?
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Like the weight, there always an interesting find, shilling is a bit special too

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Good work! Love the shilling and the trade weight. :thumbsup:
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Great session again, Easy.
Very intricate work to fashion the pendant from the Shilling.
Shame the Trade Weight has lost its markings.
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I like the modified coin.
There's a chap down our local street market that does this to coins. I had an interesting chat with him pre-covid, and asked about destroying potentially valuable coins. He said that every coin he modified were 'rejects' from the collectors, so was sure nothing of value was being worked. The workmanship was second to none.
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Dave The Slave wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:43 pm Shame the Trade Weight has lost its markings.
It is an odd weight, the closest scale it fits would be 1/2 pound in the medieval Merchant system, not saying it is though. A better clean up may reveal some markings, though they could have been where it has been drilled? It appears to have three lead plugs underneath so a bit odd the three drill recesses on top?
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I bet that shilling brooch has a story behind it too
Intricate work unless you have the correct tools for it, so quite impressive to find it buried in a field

You're having a good run fella :thumbsup:
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