I remember the time I found a super hammered coin, put it in a paper hanky for safety when carrying home, placed it carefully on the kitchen table and found out later that some tidy-minded person had thrown it in the trash can. Not only that, the rubbish had been collected that morning!

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When I started the hobby I made lots of mistakes from which I learned, and thus became a more efficient detectorist. For instance, I bet many of you have also turned over the soil many times looking for that elusive artefact or coin? The signal is definitely there, yet it appears to be everywhere. Omnipotent.

And then you realise that you have forgotten to remove your wedding ring or are still wearing your wristwatch. Doh! Won’t make that error again and yet we invariably do! However, I’ve stopped ‘detecting’ the eyelets or steel toe caps in my boots, so I have learned. If this is still happening to you, constantly plagued with the phantom beep, I can only suggest there must be something wrong with your technique and how you sweep the coil – or your fingers are still full of bling and you haven’t realised. 

Don’t have that problem with the wedding band any more. After the incident mentioned I got into the habit of removing the ring and threading it onto the lace of my trainer for safety, before donning my wellies. With hindsight, not one of my better ideas! If there happens to be anyone reading this who is proficient with a metal detector and willing to hunt for a ring somewhere in East Sussex I’d be very grateful. The only problem is I’m not sure where it could be. The upside is that due to absence of any outward sign of heart-rending sorrow or any attempt to find it (Brighton and the Sussex Downs is a large area) Mrs. John still isn’t speaking to me. Every cloud has a silver lining, so maybe that was a good day’s detecting after all! Only joking, he hastily added. 

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A *Bramah Button

Magical swords are often times connected to legendary figures throughout history. In particular, they symbolise a hero’s kingship. and we see this correlation in the King Arthur legend. Excalibur is a powerful sword that is said to be unbreakable and aids Arthur in the defeat of many enemies. But what has it to do with detectorist Pat Law?

Pat’s Button

In Yorkshire the word *BRAMAH meant something that was extra special, and especially good. 

Picture provided by Patrick Law ©

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By Golly!

Robertson’s golly first appeared on jars in 1910. The character became one of the UK’s longest running consumer loyalty schemes.

Robertson’s Iconic Logo

Sometimes the more mundane metal detecting finds are the most interesting – like the Golly jam lid shared by detectorist John Lewis. Golly is probably best known in England, appearing during the 1920s as the advertising logo for Robertson’s Jams. From the time the scheme began in 1928 until it ended in 2001, more than 20 million badges were sent out. If you have found one, please share so I can add to the blog.

The Golly was as much a victim of racism as any other. He was a large part of most children’s childhood and stood for no more than jam and the fun of collecting his many friends.

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