.

Site Research in Scotland & Protected Areas.

Sub for e-mail post updates!

Search the Archives (Ring, Georgian, Silver etc)

DSP on YouTube

Relics and Jewellery

Victorian era cart hitch spike/reign tie handle

I thought that this was an old Iron Dagger. It was one of my first 'unusual' finds and got me quite excited! You can clearly see wear lines above the item's Hilt, perhaps where horse reigns had been tied around.

Victorian era cart hitch spike/reign tie handle

Back view of handle.

Victorian era cart hitch spike/reign tie handle

The bulbous nature of the tip made me doubt it was a dagger over time and with research. Eventually, I got an I.D. on the piece from the National Museum of Scotland (NMS).

An uncertain I.D. but one which I can't argue with - this was my reply from them..

"The iron object isn’t a dagger, but this is the third object like this I’ve seen recently. It has been suggested to me by a colleague with some knowledge of Victorian farm equipment that spikes like this were hammered into farm wagons so the ‘handle’ could be used to tie up reins or similar." - NMS


Victorian era cart hitch spike/reign tie handle

Lead Mount, possibly Horse related

Back of Lead Mount

Copper Ring with cross front. Possible mount in the middle for a lost stone.

Has been I.D'd as a Victorian/Modern costume piece by NMS.

Copper Ring with cross front.

These faux-hallmarkings date this widely to pre 1896. This was the year when imitation precious metal markings became illegal.

Clyde Navigation - Half Penny Ferries Token (mid 1900's)

Clyde Navigation - Half Penny Ferries Token (mid 1900's)

Out of use by the 1970's, an interesting local relic of payment method to cross the River Clyde on the old ferry!

Lovely gilt cufflink, broken but complete 'T' bar part.


Gilt Cufflink with mosaic style cross.

This was an immediate favourite early find!

First pocket knife find!

Estimated at around the 30-70 year old mark.

First bit of Gold. What a beauty of a find!

Stunning stones on this ring find.

I could scarcely believe what I'd just uncovered. Gold and Diamonds from a field laden with trash!

780 Stamp. 18K Gold.

.87 Ct combined Stone purity.

Gold and Diamonds in the dirt

Relics including a pistol ball, bullet fragments and a gilt button. Ca. 16-19c.

Army Bandsman's Lyre

I do like a military relic!

Pewter mount, again another possible horse related find not fully I.D'd.

A 19 livery button 'hoard' from the Overtoun Estate.

Royal Marines Light Infantry Cap Badge.

The horn denotes Light Infantry and can be used to I.D. many 'L.I.' regiments.

Fantastic complete Georgian period shoe buckle

Recovered by my friend Dave.

Fantastic complete Georgian period shoe buckle

Fantastic complete Georgian period shoe buckle

Fantastic complete Georgian period shoe buckle

Ornate Gas lamp wall mount

Ornate Gas lamp wall mount, complete and found with tap!

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge

Sterling Silver 'Adie & Lovekin' Kilt Pin

Sterling Silver 'Adie & Lovekin' Kilt Pin

1881 Queen Victoria Half Penny coin ring

Late medieval harness mount. I.D'd by NMS.

Late medieval harness mount. I.D'd by NMS.


Robert Gray & Son Gold Wedding Ring, mid 19th C.

Robert Gray & Son Gold Wedding Ring, mid 19th C.

Robert Gray & Son Gold Wedding Ring, mid 19th C.

RG&S 'Robert Gray & Son' - Glasgow

This marking was used, according to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Edinburgh from the period of
1802-19. Although NMS says that the lettering style of the 'MJ' inscription more than likely dates this ring to the middle of the 19th Century.

My oldest Gold find!

Royal Engineers pin. Found on the same hunt as the above ring!

Two great finds from the same hunt.
Caledonia Railway Horse Buckle.

My favourite buckle find!

Caledonia Railway Horse Buckle
Loch Lomond Young Farmer's Club Badge
Isle of Man Pocket Knife
Victorian Era Brooch front..

..although it has been suggested it may be a furniture fitting

Broken Horse Bridle

Broken Horse Bridle

Victorian era stamped floral dress fitting (ID by NMS)


Victorian era stamped floral dress fitting (ID by NMS)
Post a Comment