Graham does metal detecting. He
brought in a dozen of his finds from Martham and around.
Set them out on tables and set us a test. What were they
and which was the oldest? All this to be done whilst we
were concentrating on tea and biscuits.
My favourite – a pastry cutter from
the 18th C. I called it a mini pizza cutter as that was
what it looked like – and the little slightly serrated
wheel still went round. Many thought it was a spur.
Included was a bouncing cannon ball from the Civil War,
a Roman apothecary spoon (the oldest). Also a James II
“gun money” token coin with which he paid his soldiers.
If he won, he replaced them with silver. He lost! And
also a sheep’s bell from any time between the
late medieval period and the 19th century. Crotal
bells were worn around farm animals' necks to aid
the whereabouts of the livestock in poor
visibility. They were common here and manufactured
by hand perhaps locally. It still rang.
Richard Hems scored 10, and won.