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Metal Detected Finds

January 22, 2013

It was a visit, long overdue, to a friend in Worfield to view his metal detected finds. Len had said that he didn’t have anything very interesting to show me, and when the first lot of finds came out, a bag full of threepenny bits and even more modern coins, I thought I was going to be agreeing with him. By the end of the two hour session I told him he had undersold his collection.

The next bag was full of musket balls. Many detectorists dismiss these and I don’t think they should. The small ones may have been used for shooting game but the large ones – they would have seriously made a mess if they caught you. And what about the location where these things were found? Was it indicative of a Civil War skirmish?

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Next to come out of the bag were some lovely lead tokens. Now you now how I just love these objects, the feel of them just takes you back to a time long past when they were given as wages or used as payment for having flour milled or some other service. And when you get initials that is a bonus. I was interested to see if there were any different designs from those which we have already seen in a previous post. Sure enough there were different designs, the most interesting being a boat or anchor perhaps. As Worfield is as far away from the sea as anywhere in England, were these something to do with boats on the Severn. Perhaps they were used on the ferry? The initials N and H I haven’t come across before and what makes this collection so nice as well is that Len also found a piece of lead from which the tokens were made.

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The collection of buttons, buckles and badges included a few nice livery buttons and an old buckle. Do any of the livery buttons belong to Dudmaston or Apley, I wonder?

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Coins I find it really hard to get excited about, on the left is a William 111 coin, on the right I think it is a George the 11 coin but in the middle is a lovely little Elizabethan coin, dated 1560 something. All the coins are worn but are a nice link with the past. Apologies for reversing the order of the coins.

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Roman coins appeared next. All very worn and according to Len of no interest because they are common finds. These were found in the Parish of Alveley. Common they might be but they should be recorded nonetheless under the PAS scheme. I do not know the dates for any of these coins so if anyone has an idea please could they let me know.

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But the most interesting coin (until I find out more about the above) is a coin which wasn’t strictly speaking a coin at all. It might have been a simple forgery but Len had been told  it was struck in the civil war out of gun metal and the King promised to honour the currency after the war. That would have been Charles 11, but this coin as you will see, says Jacobus 11 (James) so the civil war connection cannot have been right, can it?  Having looked at it more closely could it have been made to raise funds for the return of James 11. James  had been crowned King and reigned for a time before he was exiled and replaced by William of Orange.  I was sure that I could see the date 1690 on the reverse of the coin, above the three crosses but I may be imagining this. Do the crosses mean this was a thirty pence piece and was the story correct about it being a promissory coin? If so, then where were the coins made and who in Alveley supported the cause?   The mark on the reverse is where the trowel caught.

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The next item was a beautiful silver something. A whistle possibly? It turned out to be a pencil holder made by S. Mordan in the 1820s and of course it begs the question who was RT?

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Finally,the other reason for my visit was to collect a little booklet which was the Minutes of meetings held to determine the nature of a memorial to those lost in World war 1. You can read about this on http://www.sharehistory.org. Search for Worfield World War 1 memorial.

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2 Comments
  1. supernova permalink

    Great article Jane and a nice set of finds. Well done to the chap. 🙂

  2. supernova permalink

    Hi Jane, here’s an award for you, you can find the info at:

    http://detectingblackpool.wordpress.com/category/awards/

    Congrats Jane.

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