Contains hundreds of new colour illustrations of artefacts to help you identify, date and price your finds. Covering the stone age to Victorian times the chapter titles give you a clear indication of the wide appeal of Detector Finds 5. As you will see there is significant coverage of tokens, Caltrops, Straw Splitters, Musket Shot, Worms & Scouring Sticks, Hippo Sandals, Hunting Pouch Badges, Symbols of Chivalry, Tools, Knife Holders/Sheaths, The Pricker, Small Bronze Anchors, Unusual Copper & Silver Ingots, Lead Shot Tongs, Belt & Chain Link Girdles, Iron & Bronze Keys, The Hook & Spike, Military Badges, Snaffle Bitts, Roman Tent Pegs, Dog Collars, Toy Soldiers, Tanks & Field Guns, The Bronze Swivel , Other Types of Toys, 17th Century Tokens, 18th Century Tokens, 19th Century Tokens, Axe Heads, Wheel Lock Gun Spanners, The Matchbox & Matchcase, The Spear & The Lance, Miscellaneous Roman Military Items, Silver Tokens.
- Softcover: 99 pages
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Black & White/Line
- ISBN-13: 9781897738108
- Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 21.0 x 0.4 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
Fifth in this British small finds identification series. Excellent reference source of a variety of small metal artefacts such as miscellaneous Roman military items, symbols of chivalry and stone tools, covering a wide period of time. Each category has colour photographs with scale bars of extant pieces and a concise summary of materials, manufacture and context of the piece. Limited bibliography and price guide by Nigel Mills at the time of publishing.