The second volume of finds, again with hundreds of illustrations, forms an additional invaluable aid to identifying finds. The contents include: Purse Frames, Pocket Sundials, Medieval Handles, Thimbles, Furniture Fittings, Sentimental Brooches, Baldrick Buckles, Watch Keys, Lead Weights, Cased Mirrors, Toy Cannons, Cuff Links, Nut Crackers, Petronels, Sword Belt Fitments, Scissors, Horse Pendants, Foot Pattens, Wine Labels, Barrel Locks and Keys, Palm Guards, Button Hooks, Dividers, Sword and Dagger Chapes, Brass Horse Bells, Jaws Harps, Hatpins, Lead "Bells", Spoons, Scabbard Fitments, Sheet Metal Bells, Miniature Domestic Utensils and Jettons
- Softcover: 98 pages
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Black & White/Line
- ISBN-13: 9781897738016
- Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 21.0 x 0.5 cm
The Detector Find books are a series of 7 really solidly researched, handy reference manuals (though number 4 is named Finds Identified – no one quite knows why).
They are actually published as identification aids for objects found by amateur metal detectorists in the United Kingdom, but they have plenty of useful information for the living historian.
Each book covers a wide period of time and an enormous variety of small non-precious metal artifacts; everything from harness pieces and weapon parts, to cutlery, tools of every description, dress accessories, pilgrim tokens and bells. The sheer breadth of metal object categories is truly stunning.
Understand however, that these books are not how- to manuals. Unlike the superb Museum of London artifact series, they don’t discuss or have in depth analysis of what a particular item was used for, how it was constructed or by whom. Personally, I like to use them as catalogues. I particularly appreciate that each category in a book has colour photographs (with scale bars!) of extant pieces, includes detailed line drawings of different perspectives, and a concise summary of materials, decorations, manufacture and context of the piece.
I think these books provide a great insight for anyone interested in the metal tools, fashion and accessories used by, and for, the average persons’ day to day living. If you already have a working knowledge of metal craft, and enjoy re-creating the many types and forms of the metal smiths art, then these are definitely a resource worth their weight in gold.
Staff member; L A Johnson
Second in this British small finds identification series. Excellent reference source of a wide variety of small metal artefact's covering a wide period of time. Each category has detailed line drawings and black and white photographs of extant items with concise summary of materials, manufacture and context of the piece. Updated price guide by Nigel Mills from the time of publishing.