With my interest in bottle digging rising I headed back to an old site that I visited about year ago where I had found a florin amongst some old crockery and ash to see if I could find an old dump. After probing around for a good hour with no luck I decided to crank up the CTX 3030 and see what was around. I did find plenty of rubbish before coming up with an Acme Thunderer whistle, and given my proximity to the old post office it made sense as to why it was probably there. The Acme Whistle company is still going after 150 years from its humble beginnings back in the 1860s, when Joseph Hudson, who was a Birmingham trained toolmaker, converted his humble washroom at St. Marks Square, into a workshop. Acme whistles are recognized as some of the finest whistles manufactured in the world today and they were the type used on the SS Titanic.
I can imagine the postman blowing his whistle and sending the children scampering from all directions as they raced to the letterbox after he delivered the daily mail. This spot didn’t produce much so I headed off to another location with the same plan of trying to locate an old dump while detecting. Again after some time of unsuccessfully probing for a dump site it was time to fire up the 3030 and find some hidden treasure. I knew this place was littered with shotgun casings but because they sound a hell of a lot like a gold sovereign, I had decided to dig every solid repeatable target. Well finally after about 10 casings and some old lead the CTX 3030 finally screamed to life with a solid high target and it was a nice 1867 Britannia penny and then it was back to the grind with another 4 casings. The 3030 let out a familiar squeal with a tone ID of 1:46 and straight away I knew it was going to be something good, yep an 1857 Holloway token. These are really quite common but this one was in exceptional condition and it wasn’t until I cleaned it up at home I realised it had something stamped on it. Evidently sometimes other people would put their name on them to use as a token for their business, this one says Fax Leather Cutters.
The day was coming to an end with a few buckles and more casings when I dug a target and to my surprise I popped half a Carrara Water roundender out of the ground with another casing. It wasn’t long and I was digging away furiously trying to find a whole bottle but unfortunately with it being a shallow pit they were all broken, ah well better luck next time.
It pays to stay positive because on my way home I stopped of at a farmer friend of mine and asked if I could go back to a site that was on his land, and as you do asked if he had seen any old bottle dumps. Well to my delight he went inside and came back out with 4 bottles that he had found, guess where I’m heading soon. Stay positive and don’t live your life so maniclly fast that you forget to live it well.