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sarahbell

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Have vague interest in it, but have no detector. 
Someone we know has a huge collection and has sold a detector to a mutual friend who has gone out this weekend with a rally somewhere near where I was bought up.

So who is involved in this hobby?

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I used to do it.  Found loads of stuff from Roman to Silver hammered coins, crotal bells, old buckles, musket balls  etc etc. And loads of  spent shotgun cartridges.

My kids took the piss out of me until I found a gold half noble of Richard 3rd.

Then I suddenly got bored with it and stopped. Finding land is not easy either. 

What's interesting is that you find the same sort of objects wherever you search,  and your knowledge of history quickly improves.

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My friend who detects came over and I showed him the box of crap I've dug up off the allotment.
He told me the little green frog is probably 20s-30s rather than 70s.
He spotted the bit of flint that isn't native. tiny bit really.
He ID'd the address on the bottle fragment, told me it was probably a spirit flagon.
Explained the cutlery after I'd mentioned it had pig pens on it before the estate got built. 
The funny almost glass bead is from the end of a cotton bobbin holder thing.
Pointed out the design on the clay pipe is union of britain.
The thing I'd thought was a nail varnish bottle (And kept anyway even though it's sharp edges!) is something teething powders.
 

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Saw some detectorists on a stall a few years back and remembered to ask them about something I dug up in my garden when I was ten, reburied after I threw it against a wall to see what would happen. They rolled their eyes, it was a WW2 German bomb.

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I like the idea of it.  I have a theory you might be able to stave off the feeling of silliness by bringing along a child.

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On 12/17/2017 at 17:13, Fully Detached said:

Same here. I even have my own land to do it on but its bordered by roads on two sides and there are lots of passing dog walkers. 

You're worried about the dogs setting off the detector and giving you false readings?

 

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12 minutes ago, Fully Detached said:

I don't need dogs to do that. I'm ashamed to admit I once went out in steel toe-cap boots. I left little holes everywhere and didn't find jack shit.

Did exactly the same whilst gold prospecting in Australia. Kept getting loud signals every other step. Stop dig hole - nothing.  Only twigged that it was my steelies after noticing that the holes were very evenly spaced.

 

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8 minutes ago, Captain Cavey said:

Did exactly the same whilst gold prospecting in Australia. Kept getting loud signals every other step. Stop dig hole - nothing.  Only twigged that it was my steelies after noticing that the holes were very evenly spaced.

 

Yes, took me quite a while to realise as well. I mean, you'd think they were practical footwear, wouldn't you?

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I made a metal detector following an article in Practical Wireless. I found bottle tops, and bean cans but no Saxon swords, or Roman hoard of gold.

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Went down to a relatives field today near the river until my batteries went flat, should have put new ones in as they were 10 years old.

Anyway these are my spoils including one rusty steel 1p dated 2007 and two unidentifiable ring things with fasteners.

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I use my Maplin one to find nails, etc in my gravel driveway and nuts, bolts, etc that fall into the grass when repairing machinery!  Very useful!

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On 17/12/2017 at 16:50, sarahbell said:

Have vague interest in it, but have no detector. 
Someone we know has a huge collection and has sold a detector to a mutual friend who has gone out this weekend with a rally somewhere near where I was bought up.

So who is involved in this hobby?

Will send a pic off my phone of some junk I still have left.these are mainly hammered coins the best were sold first to buy a decent detector,that paid for itself within 12 months.land is hard to get luckily im good at finding it.its no different to fishing except we dont put the fish back.it is a very interesting hobby but to be fair im biast.it can also be a cut throat hobby lots of jelous twats out there.

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59 minutes ago, whitevanman said:

I've just got myself a big magnet. Going to go out this week and see what I can find in Portsmouth harbour. 

You can keep your silver and gold, I want iron!

Seriously?

Pompie docks???

Bombs that have fallen off ships mainly and some underwater leccy and comms cable.

Wear rubber boots.

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14 minutes ago, spygirl said:

Seriously?

Pompie docks???

Bombs that have fallen off ships mainly and some underwater leccy and comms cable.

Wear rubber boots.

I'm hoping I find a bomb so that I can cut it in half to make an umbrella stand and a bullet proof hat.

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1 hour ago, whitevanman said:

I've just got myself a big magnet. Going to go out this week and see what I can find in Portsmouth harbour. 

You can keep your silver and gold, I want iron!

Enjoy!  I'm very tempted to do similar tbh.

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32 minutes ago, spygirl said:

Seriously?

Pompie docks???

Bombs that have fallen off ships mainly and some underwater leccy and comms cable.

Wear rubber boots.

Pre-1945 iron is sought-after as it is not contaminated by nuclear bombs & tests. Essential for manufacturing equipment used for detecting low levels of radiation.

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