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Went out this evening on a local permission..it’s not one I particularly care for, but it was a case of needs must due to my more favoured fields either having long grass and or being full of cows and calves...

I didn’t find much at all but did turn up the bit of scrap below..Initially I thought it was a bit of canslaw, but had a nagging doubt...

On returning home, I rinsed it off and gave it a gentle clean, and low and behold the remains of a set of hall marks emerged from the muck...A quick test with lemon juice and aluminium foil resulted in the familiar rotting eggs smell..

I suspect it’s from around a cane or walking stick...The hallmarks are too far gone to be sure, but most of the coins and other finds on this permission date from the late 1700‘s to the late 1800‘s, so guess that’s what this probably is...

Not a very exciting find, but silver is silver, especially on an otherwise blank outing...
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All silver is a good find, looks like Birmingham 1898. :thumbsup:
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Now that’s the sort of surprise we all like to see :thumbsup:

My best fields have just been cut but I’ve not had chance to get out yet and I suspect they might be too dry by the time I do :cry:
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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If complete it would have a diameter of about 2cm so a cane ferrule is a fair shout. I've had the odd bit of foil that just seemed a bit different, though after a clean showed hallmarks. Bet lot's have simply been slung unknowing!
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Easylife wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:18 pm All silver is a good find, looks like Birmingham 1898. :thumbsup:

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Easylife wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:32 pm If complete it would have a diameter of about 2cm so a cane ferrule is a fair shout. I've had the odd bit of foil that just seemed a bit different, though after a clean showed hallmarks. Bet lot's have simply been slung unknowing!
Thanks for that...the hallmark is actually shows a touch more detail in the pic than I could see with the naked eye....

I agree with you about a lot of silver ending up not being recognised...it's not so bad if it is an identifiable object or has a pattern on it, but plain fragments are easy enough to miss...
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Oxgirl wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:20 pm Now that’s the sort of surprise we all like to see :thumbsup:

My best fields have just been cut but I’ve not had chance to get out yet and I suspect they might be too dry by the time I do :cry:
Roll on the autumn!
One of my favourite fields has been ploughed rolled and seeded with grass and the farmer wants me to keep off it untill next spring :-( His other fields are in the process of being cut but as you say, i think the conditions will be too dry by the time it's been gathered in....
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