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Recent Finds.....
Shown below are some of our recent finds from the Thames foreshore and field outings:
1630 Pewter beaker found on the foreshore........Now thought to be 1580 and a possible wine beaker......most of all, A ONE AND ONLY !!!
Just think of the person who drunk from this ???
THIS BEAKER CAN BE SEEN IN THE P.A.S ANNUAL REPORT 2006, WITH A FULL REPORT ON THE "ONE OFF BEAKER" !!!
Mystery Object ?
The black prince pilgrims badge at the museum at the moment being researched....
HAVE A LOOK IN THE PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES ANNUAL REPORT 2006 FOR THIS "ONE OFF PILGRIMS BADGE" !!!
(UP DATE)NOW GOING INTO MUSEUMS OF LONDONS COLLECTION.......AGAIN A ONE AND ONLY.
POSS PART OF RET BADGE!!
TIGHT WAD AND THE MUD GOD AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM !!!
WHEN TIGHT WAD AND I MAKE A DISPLAY CASE TO SHOW OFF OUR YEARS OF WORK ON THE THAMES, EVERY THING GETS CHUCKED IN !!!!!!!
IT LOOKS THE BIZ AND TOOK THE LIMELIGHT AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM.............EVEN IF I SAY SO MYSELF !!!
You name it its there...
Coins from every era !!!
TIGHTWAD AND THE MUD GOD HIT THE "BRITISH MUSEUM OF LONDON" !!!
From iron age handles to wig curlers with a 1,000 items in-between....
Andy and I with the help of our old mate tony pilson recently put on a show at the british museum. As you can see from our cases the whole thing was well acclaimed with everyone commenting on our finds.
Not many people get invited to show at this level.
(Amazing what five quid to the security guard does for you!)
We'd like to say many thanks to the British museum for asking us to show and we had an amazing day.
I LOVE THIS KNIFE HANDLE AS IT SHOW'S   "LIFE AND DEATH"   ON EACH SIDE !!!.......THE DEATH SIDE SHOWS A GUARD HOLDING A SEVERED HEAD AND THE LIFE SIDE HAS ANGEL TYPE'S ON IT.......BUT THE BEST BIT IS THE OWNER INSCRIBED HIS "RD INITIALS ON IT, AND THE YEAR 1598" !!!
COIN SCALE PAN
John's superb knife handle dated 1598.......(SEE BELOW LEFT, FOR A MORE DETAILED PIC.)
Decorated lace chape......
SELF ABUSE CAN MAKE YOUR EYE'S SEEM OUT OF FOCUS !!!
BAD PIC.....BUT YOU CAN JUST SEE THE HORSE !!!
THIS QUANT TOOK TWO OF US TO GET IT OUT THE HOLE.......THEN BOTH OF US WITH A ROPE TO PULL IT UP THE 25 FOOT WALL (FRIGGING THING !!)
THIS IS A POSSIBLE BRONZE AGE DAGGER HANDLE   (YES, IT'S MADE OF WOOD !!) AND IT'S BEEN SEEN BY OUR MUSEUM (M.O.L) AND NOW THE BRITISH MUSEUM.........HOW DOE'S THE WOOD SURVIVE ????   "IT'S THAT BLACK STINKY MUD AGAIN" !!!
A monster shoe buckle !
ON THE LEFT IS A BEAUTIFUL 16th CENT BODKIN WHICH WAS FOUND BY EYE ON THE 4-SHORE AND SPENT TWO YEARS IN A TREASURE TROVE CASE........
On the left a pilgrims pewter whistle...
St bridget of syon abbey, pilgrims badge.....
Yes! you can pick up Roman by eye.....
I WAS SHOWING OFF ON MY OWN WITH MY BRAND NEW LONG HANDLED SHOVEL (ONLY HAD IT FOR TWO MINUTES) AND AS I LEVERED A ROCK UP IT SNAPPED IN HALF......I'D ONLY GOT TWO SMALL LOADS OUT !!!......BUT IN THOSE TWO WAS THIS PILGRIM'S BADGE !!!!
THIS IS THE "KNUCKLE" FROM A SUIT OF ARMOUR GAUNTLET.....WHAT BATTLE'S DID IT SEE ???
THIS STRANGE ITEM BELOW IS A 16th CENT SAILORS EARING !!!
Johns stunning knife handle....
Bet your bottom dollar,   your always find a thimble on a dig on the 4-shore......
THIS PILGRIMS AMPULA WAS ONCE FILLED WITH HOLY WATER, (SOMETIMES FILLED AT THE SHRINE) TO WHICH THE PILGRIM'S CAME IN THERE THOUSAND'S TO PAY HOMAGE.........
THIS ONE SHOW'S THE 3 KNIGHT'S WHO KILLED BECKETT !!!
Toy cannon in working condition....
IT'S A HANDSOME BEAST !!!!
YOU CAN ALWAY TELL EARLY PEWTER (16th CENT) AS ITS GOT A HIGH TIN CONTENT.......SO BLACK SPOT'S ON IT.....
CIRCA 1580
See this lead scoop, I accidently put a fork straight through the middle of it getting it out (so called expert!)
Ships calipers......Very Rare indeed.....
Knife on the right carrys the makers mark of the virgin mary plus the mark that it was imported.........
A SUPERB MEDIEVAL BIRD FEEDER WITH WORK ON BOTH SIDE'S......WHICH IS QUITE RARE AS THERE NORMALLY DECORATED ONLY ON ONE SIDE.......
OR WAS IT A SMALL "HOLYWATER" CONTAINER.....OUTLAWED BY HENRY THE 8th ????? HENCE WHY IT WAS THROWN IN THE THAMES.....WITH MANY MORE WE FIND !!!
Pewter Syringe, Fancy having that stuck up your never regions ???
A MEDIEVAL BELT MOUNT, THE NOSE STUD MOVE'S IN AND OUT AND THE MUSEUM'S HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE BEFORE...........TOP FIND !!!
THAT MUD GOD'S A GREAT BLOKE AND TO TOP IT ALL A BRAD PIT LOOKALIKE TOO !!!
THIS BELT MOUNT CAN BE SEEN IN THE 2005 PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME ANNUAL REPORT......(REMEMBER ANOTHER ONE AND ONLY !!)
HOW DO YOU THINK THEY MADE BONE BUTTON'S AND COUNTER'S ??? LOOK AT THIS BONE WASTE PRODUCT FOR A IDEA........
MEDIEVAL KIDS TOY PLATE'S !!! (PEWTER)
TOBACCO BOX COMPRESSION LID TO KEEP TOBACCO MOIST !!!
I'M GONNA DO A MASSIVE SECTION ON THE ROMAN POTTERY THAT WE GET OFF THE THAMES SOON !!!!
Makers mark on a wig curler !!
Scales plate....
THE WILD MAN JETTON !!
FOUND BY EYE ONLY........GET RID OF THOSE MACHINES !!!!
Mystery item ?(Medieval/Hand made) No john, its not off a Clock.....
English Jetton (spot the hole!!)
Lead Soldiers....
Pewter tankered.....
Bottle Selection.......
I THINK THAT OVER THE YEARS ON THE THAMES I COULD FILL UP A DUSTBIN TO THE TOP WITH MUSKET BALLS !!!!
Pilgrims Pendant....
Selection of Tools from around a boat that we found at low tide....
Propeller from the Boat.....
John Spent Days Extracting the Boats Contents.....
A SELECTION OF CLAMPS LEFT ON THE BOAT !!!!
Fire extinguisher from the boat.....(DIDNT HELP AS IT BURNT DOWN !!!!)
WHAT WAS LEFT AFTER THE SHIPS TIMBERS ROTTED !!!!
IVE BEEN A BIT SLACK OVER THE SUMMER PERIOD PUTTING ON PHOTOS OF RECENT FIND'S, SO I'LL GET MY FINGER OUT AND START BUNGING IT ON............
PILGRIMS AMP !!!
NAFF BITS AND BOBS FROM 1/9/07
POT DROSS FROM THE HOLE'S !!!
TUDOR BRICK !!
SHOW ME A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SINK YOUR HANDS INTO THE MUD AND PULL OUT A ROMAN COOKING POT ????? THATS WHY WE LOVE THE THAMES !!!!
GREAT LEAD SEAL 1/9/07 IT'S TWO AND A HALF INCH DIA !!
RIGGING RUNNER 1850's
NOW ITS GARDEN FODDER !!!
SOME OF THE FINDS FROM THE THAMES ON SUNDAY 16th/9/07 WITH THE RARE "TIN" 17th CENT TRADERS TOKEN FOUND BY EAGLE !!!! (coins cleaned by tightwad,   and tin will and mary by me) WHAT A FRIGGING TEAM.................
NOT MUCH TO PLAY WITH ON THIS TIN COIN (ALMOST FLAT AND BRIT'S WELL PITTED !) BUT BY CLEANING AND CHOOSING THE RIGHT TONE,   YOU CAN GET A LOT MORE FROM AN ALMOST NAFF COIN...........
THE "ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD" !!! UNLESS YOU KNOW BETTER ????
AVE A LOOK AT THE LITTLE NUMBER IN THE MIDDLE, A "TIN" 17th CENT TRADERS TOKEN !!!! YOU WONT FIND ONE OF THESE IN A FIELD IN THIS CONDITION........IN FACT YOU WOULD'NT FIND IT AT ALL,   IT WOULD HAVE ROTTED AWAY BEING SO SMALL !!!! WE HAVE JUST FOUND OUT THIS IS THE "FIRST, YES FIRST" !! 17TH CENTURY "TIN TOKEN" EVER TO BE FOUND !!!!! (MUSEUM OF LONDON QUOTE)
ME OLD MATE GARY HAS JUST HAD THIS UP,   AND ITS A ONE OFF !!! ITS PART OF A VIKING SWORD AND THE PICS HAVE BEEN SENT ALL OVER THE WORLD (TO MUSEUMS) AS THE'VE NEVER SEEN THIS PATTERN BEFORE ????

NOT BAD ME OLD MATE........SEE YOU ON THE 30TH SEP AT M.L MEETING !!!!
THIS IS THE SECOND SAXON BEAST TO COME OFF THE 4-SHORE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTH'S. IT'S A CRACKER OF A COIN TOO..........WELL DONE DOR, GREAT COIN !!!
THAMES DIG 11/11/07
IT'S THE 11th NOV 07.......TIGHT WAD AND I HIT THE THAMES FOR ABOUT 7 O'CLOCK. WINDY AND WET,   T.W SANK A HOLE AS IM STILL SH****D FROM OP AND WE HAD A FEW BITS OUT........NICE SPOON WHICH I WILL PUT ON LATER AS IT'S BEING CLEANED AT THE MOMENT......NORMAL PIPES / BUTTONS / LEAD TOKENS / COINS ETC AND A NICE "MEDIEVAL CLASPED" HANDS RING........TAKE A LOOK !!!   I HAD TO MEND THE RING AND SMOKE IT FOR PIC'S.............CAME OUT ALRIGHT THOUGH !!!!!!
BIG PIPE DAY....PITY THERE ONLY 18th !!!
BAG SEAL !!!
BUSTED RING !!!
LIS LEAD TOKEN AND RUSTY SMALL MED BUCKLE !!
BIG DANDY !!!   AND OTHER CRUDY BUTTON'S.........
WINDOW LEAD !!!
LOADS OF MUSKET BALLS !!!
CHAIN MAIL SEGMENT !!!
BEFORE !!!!
AND AFTER !!!   HEAT IT, BEND IT, SUPER GLUE IT, SMOKE IT, VASELINE IT AND RUB IT TILL YOU HAVE THE TONE YOU LIKE...................
THIS IS THE SPOON FROM THIS DIG AFTER CLEANING FROM TIGHT WAD !!!!   NICE REVERSE SPOON...........
YOU CAN JUST ABOUT SEE WILL AND MARY !!!
SHAUN'S A LUCKY B****D !!!......AT THE MOMENT !!!
SHAUN'S BEEN DOWN ON HIS PATCH AGAIN,   AND AMONST THE TIN COIN'S AND TOKEN'S HE KEEPS PULLING OUT !!!.........HE'S HAD A NICE DECORATED CHAPE !!!
ANOTHER GOOD FIND FROM THE LEADER OF THE LOWER THAMES 4..........
THESE PLANTATION TOKENS ARE SO RARE THAT ONLY 100 TO 150 HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND IN THIS COUNTRY,   AND MOST IN LONDON !!!........THE MUSEUM'S HAVE MOST OF THEM WITH MANY   WITH "COPPER CORE'S"   FORGED BY SCALLYWAGS TO PALM OFF AS TIN COIN'S (PAYMENT) ON FERRYS ETC !!!!   HENCE WHY SO MANY ARE FOUND AT FERRY POINTS ON THAMES.........VERY RARE COINS !!!
THESE BOY'S HAVE JUST BEEN CLEANED UP........TINY BIT PITTED (BUT IN A FIELD,   THEY'D BE ROTTON AS THERE TIN !) THERE VERY RARE AND WORTH A FEW BOB.......TOP FIND BY SHAUN !!!!!!
SHAUN'S,   FROM THERE PATCH ON THE THAME'S.........A GREAT LOOKING 1650 PEWTER TOY PLATE OR PAN WITH TWO TWO FISH !!! IT WAS ONCE THOUGHT THAT THE LITTLE ROUND LUMPS WERE PEA'S,   BUT A EXPERT ONCE TOLD ME THEY REPRESENT "BUBBLE'S" FROM FRYING OR BOILING ..........AS THEY DIDN'T USE PEA'S FOR COOKING IN THE 1600'S !!!!!
TIGHTWADS JETTON HOARD AFTER CLEANING !!!!
THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY "TIN" 17th CENTURY TOKEN......FOUND BY EYE,   BY EAGLE !!!   PAPER WORK FROM THE MUSEUM OF LONDON CONFIRM'S THE "TIN TOKEN" GREAT FIND,   AND THE ONLY ONE........UN-LESS YOU KNOW BETTER ???
THIS 1600-1700 SEAL TOP SILVER SPOON IS A WORK OF ART........AND A GREAT FIND ??? (UP TO £2000 IN SOME CASES !!)
GO TO THE "KITCHEN FORGERIES" SECTION FOR THE RUN DOWN OF THIS SUPERB SILVER SPOON........
A RARE "NEGRO HEAD" JETTON...
TIN PEST !!!
ACTUAL COMB PART'S WORN AWAY......
MEDIEVAL WOODEN COMB.....SHOWING THE NIT SECTION OF THE COMB......NO CHEMICALS IN THOSE DAY'S !!!!
ALL RECENT FIND'S ARE NOW ARE ON THE OVERFLOW WEBSITE !!!.......1000's MORE.....AND ALSO A BETTER CAMERA TOO......HAVE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF !!!
WEBSITE 2 FOR MORE