I went out for a quick hunt today at an old blacksmith shop that used to be on one of the busy main stock routes. My expectations where quite high because most of the blacksmith shops that I have done in the past have been excellent, with some great relics including cricket buckles, tokens , old mid 1800 Victoria pennies and an occasional old English silver or two. Again I was a bit baffled when the first coin out of the ground was a 1947 kangaroo penny, then a half penny with a few relics following.
I finally bagged a 1900 dog tag to add to the multitude I seem to find but I always get a kick out of finding them.
There was an area of about two meters square where I found a group of spent old bullet casings, one the two joined together have W R A co 44 W C and the other has GB – IL & a C markings, the others have different markings on them as well. I have included a picture for all you gun/ammo buffs.
GB = Greenwood & Batley Ltd, UK
UT = Utah Ordnance Plant, Salt Lake City, UT
WRACO = Winchester Repeating Arms Co., Bridgeport, CT
One of the relics looks to be part of a base although I can not be sure as to what and the other one in the picture bellow is a bit of a mystery as well. It does have writing on it which says Bodill Parker & Co Birmingham Patent. Although I am unsure as to what it is I have included a couple of links as to some clues. I am open to any comments on this if anyone has an idea of what it may be. It appears that it may be from the period after 1882 and before they became LTD as the later stamps had Limited on them as well.
Bodhill & Co., Ltd., Broad Street Metal Works (1886) then Bodill Parker c1899, Later reorganised as Bodhill Parker (1922) Ltd., Albion Works, 33 & 36, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, cabinetmakers brassfoundry, button sticks, sail eyelets, nails and pins..
Just remember that research gets results, the more time you put into this the more successful you will become.