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Saturday, 3 May 2014

April ends with nice finds and Gold! - Diggin Scotland's Past! (B)

Victorian Snake Buckle

This day starts off with a find I've always wanted to make.Was excited to see the recognizable outline of what looked to be a snake buckle, fully intact. Great stuff!

Victorian Snake Buckle

Pewter Horse Figure

It's always nice to pick up a item that has a direct relation to the activities of the farm. This turn of the century figure provides a nice little find.

1869 Craigs and Duntocher Presbyterian Communion Token
Reverend John Stark

Top Image : "UNITED, 25th APRIL 1869, Rev. JOHN STARK"
Bottom : UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
              CRAIGS & DUNTOCHER, I COR XI 24

This proved to be highly interesting. I do love a good token with traceable detail and this one did not disappoint! Craigs and Duntocher was the outcome of merging two church flocks from my local area. After dwindling numbers over the years, it was decided this was the best course of action. Two churches, alternating services at either village week to week. The Reverend John Stark is still a figure you can trace back to the village of Old Kilpatrick, where his bust is in stone at the local parish church. His death mask is on display inside the building. A great little piece of local history and one I'm delighted to have found!

I COR XI 24 is in reference to the verse of Corinthians "This do in remembrance of me," commonly found on these church communion tokens of the time. How you would come to have one of these is a (nowadays) strange procedure. Church elders would visit members of the flock at home and essentially quiz them on matters of religion. If you were deemed knowledgeable and that your faith was in good order, you would be issued with the token, enabling you to receive communion at that particular church. Communion tokens achieved a status all of their own as a religious relic, with certain people keeping hold of them until the day they died, taking the tokens into their coffins with them.

A little find, a lot of interesting history! Great one.

Victorian Snake Buckle, underside, to scale.

Victorian Snake Buckle, topside, to scale.

United Presbyterian Church Communion Token, to scale

ON THE NEXT HUNT..


A small dog bracelet or necklace charm

Copper Alloy Disc Brooch, Victorian

Unfortunately this has went the way of the soil! most of the rim detail and anything that was present in the main detail of it have long since corroded away..

Copper Alloy Disc Brooch, Victorian

Lead Toy Policeman

With a good amount of the original paint still visible. I'll find one with legs yet!

Lead Toy Policeman

Ornate Pewter Hawking Whistle, Georgian to Victorian

This would turn into one of my favourite finds on the day. I could see what looked like a design on it in the field, but as ever, I don't like to 'clean' things in the field. This would need to wait until it was home!

Ornate Pewter Hawking Whistle, Georgian to Victorian

Lead Toy Tractor Steering Wheel

9ct Gold Ring

Still in the clod, this great moment when you see gold!

9ct Gold Ring

You can see how the ring is split, and it does appear strange. Not hit by my shovel! After having it tested for purity at the jewelers' shop, it was suggested that this could be two small rings joined together, now starting to split apart.

9ct Gold Ring

Ornate Pewter Hawking Whistle, Georgian to Victorian

Ornate Pewter Hawking Whistle, Georgian to Victorian

As you can see, it cleaned up to reveal some fantastic detail. Fully complete, undamaged pewter Hawking Whistle. What a nice little relic!

Lead Toy Policeman

Lead Toy Policeman

9ct Gold Ring

9ct Gold Ring

9ct Gold Ring

Copper Alloy Disc Brooch, Victorian

Really enjoyed my hunts on this field while it was available, but as farm activities continue, it looks like it's lost for the forseeable future. A new farm has been secured for future hunts however, so long may the finds continue!


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