After a busy week I was hanging out to go and find some peace and quiet in the country and maybe even some old historical bits and pieces, I headed to the area where I do most of my old relic hunts. I wasn’t sure as to where I was going but first things first I wanted to pick up some sheep manure for my garden from underneath an old shearing shed and then hit a few old sites. It is still quite warm, dry and dusty in South Australia, although there is some rain supposedly lurking on the horizon, I can only hope it is substantial because the ground is getting harder by the day. Well manure in buckets with lids and secured in the boot, I headed for a site that has produced some great finds including a crotal bell, half of a silver nurses buckle, a silver pencil cover and a 200 year old British cross plate from the 67th foot battalion. My plan was to grid this area going low and slow as I have been over the site quite randomly and pulled most of the obvious targets leaving a few behind that were iffy. I don’t mind doing this for a few reasons, firstly sometimes the obvious targets can actually mask other targets, secondly when you go back over an area you will approach it from different angles possibly finding targets that were masked by something in the ground and thirdly it always leaves me spots to come back to if I just want to have a quick hunt somewhere on the way home. My first target was a solid 11:38 and fortunately not very deep in the concrete like ground, it was another dog registration disc dated 1939 – 1940. There must be more of these here because I have found them from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, and as the dogs had to be registered every year there are a lot of gaps still to be filled in between.
I also found some other relics including harness buckles that appear to be at nearly every old site, a part of a barrel tap, a couple of pennies and an interesting plate with a picture of a bat on it that appears to be from a money box or something.
The best find of the day was an old Silver buckle with Hallmarks linking it to an early Australian jeweler, Joachim Wendt a migrant from Denmark who was the founder of Wendt’s Jewelers of Adelaide and in 1867 he was appointed Jeweler to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. This is an amazing piece of South Australian history.
As I started to say in the beginning I was in search of some peace, quiet and relics, and as things turned out I achieved both. So happy hunting and I believe it pays to stay positive.