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Had a few short trips out recently on newly seeded fields. Perfect detecting conditions tinged with the sadness that it also indicates the fields will be off bounds after the one visit.

What I’ve really noticed is how finds turn up in groups. I don’t mean on one field but often on different permissions, miles apart. One example are 17th century trade tokens and rose farthings. Not found a trade token in ages then three in a week. Same with rose farthings - I’ve found 8 in the last couple of months across three farms with 2 this week (one Charles, 1 James). One token (top left) is a Charles Yates of Burford one from 1664, the other one (top right)I’ve not ID’ed yet. The coin in the centre might be roman but is too far gone to be sure.
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Same with pipes. Two bowls on two permissions miles apart with pipe stems everywhere. One bowl is very early - possibly late 16th century whilst the second slightly larger one is 17th century.
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Lead comes up regularly on all these sites. Musket balls in particular. Now and again I find a repurposed one with a hole in it, used as a net weight no doubt, so I always check them.
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I’ve had some unusual lead amongst the normal blobs and unidentifiable types. The first, top right, made me scratch my head before I realised it was the feet and base of a lead figure! The obvious powder cap (far right) was easy but the other two decorated pieces I guess I’ll never ID.
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Lots of belt decorations have come up on one permission. The medieval trefoil mount still has the pins. The pointy one still has leather in the back pin and one of the two studs still has gilding. My second watch winder of the month was also joined by a decorated clog clasp.
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On the silver front finds have been low. This week that changed with a triple silver day in the form of a George V sixpence, a tiny sliver of a soldino (that was a nightmare to find!) and a folded piece of silver sheet which revealed a cherubs face once cleaned.
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Been fun detecting over the last few trips though. Nothing beats a freshly rolled and seeded field for a stress free detecting experience!
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I like the researchability of the 17th C. tokens :thumbsup:

My local Council opened up their parks on a permit basis a few years ago and in the early stages they produced quite a few of those. All were local merchants, harberdashers and innkeeers mostly.
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Some nice finds there Cath...

I have noticed the first find or two often sets the tone of the day...I was out on a Club dig a few weeks ago and got a button as my first target, and then went on to dig a further 19 over the course of the day! I had a few other finds but the bulk of the day turned out to be buttons...Most of the others picked up a few buttons, but none came close to 20!

On a different day, it may be lead scraps...

There is no real basis for this, but it is something that happens enough to be noticeable...
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Funnily enough on one permission I found a small bracket with 'Ford' on it. Next time out on a different permission I found another identical bracket. Until that week I had never seen one before then two show up miles apart! It's a funny old game. :D
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Pete E wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:26 am

I have noticed the first find or two often sets the tone of the day..
That is so true! I grin if the first find is a good one :D
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Oxgirl wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 12:39 pm That is so true! I grin if the first find is a good one :D
My first find was silver a while ago and I did grin but it just went very downhill after that! :( :lol:
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Easylife wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 12:14 pm Funnily enough on one permission I found a small bracket with 'Ford' on it. Next time out on a different permission I found another identical bracket. Until that week I had never seen one before then two show up miles apart! It's a funny old game. :D
Last year, I found the head of a 5 iron golf club. Next day on an adjacent field and several hundred meters from the findspot of the 5 iron, I found the head of a 7 iron. Same brand, so almost certainly from the same set, but I haven't found the rest of them yet...
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BuriedByTime&Dust wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:04 pm Last year, I found the head of a 5 iron golf club. Next day on an adjacent field and several hundred meters from the findspot of the 5 iron, I found the head of a 7 iron. Same brand, so almost certainly from the same set, but I haven't found the rest of them yet...
Keep looking - you might get the set :lol:
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Nice finds Oxgirl :thumbsup: those poor lead soldiers always seem to get their legs blown off
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JohnDeus wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:41 pm Nice finds Oxgirl :thumbsup: those poor lead soldiers always seem to get their legs blown off
I’ve often wondered what happened to all the missing heads and limbs from the figures we find :lol:
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Oxgirl wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:43 pm I’ve often wondered what happened to all the missing heads and limbs from the figures we find :lol:
They end up in our scrap bag as they come in the wtf is that category :lol:
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