Almost a year ago now I managed to track down the location of an RAF base dump. I also managed to track the prospective landowner down, (the land was owned by a developer and was in the process of being sold on). I had almost given up hope of getting on the site as, despite having permission to dig it from the 'prospective' landowner, we had to wait until he legally possessed the land. Out of the blue, I get an email advising me that the deal has been signed and the group can dig the site as soon as we like!!! This was great news, especially given the RAF base in question is very well known. It was all rather exciting!!
Anyway, we had a bash at the dump at the weekend and discovered it was a mainly domestic dump, with the odd bit of military or aircraft items. The volume of bottles was very high, as was the amount of crockery. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the crockery was broken, but the odd complete bit was recovered, along with some nicely marked cutlery. So, a departure from our/my usual ordnance/military finds, this dig being all about the domestic stuff.
Onto the finds.
Before any cleaning......
Lots of NAAFI marked bits and bobs. I saved the best bits, including these two complete mugs.
Lots of this type of RAF marked crockery, although no complete bits.
And lots of this type of RAF crest marked crockery.
The jug in this photo was very exciting as I thought it was complete when it came out of the ground. Unfortunately it wasn't, but an unusual piece all the same. Very thin and 'fine' bone china.
An almost intact large cup. The only piece missing, (it had to be really due to sods law), was a small chunk where the crest should have been !!!
A couple of forks, (unmarked, although the one with the hole in is a NAAFI fork), a couple of RAF buckles and the ubiquitous 303 cartridges. It wouldn't be a base dump without good ol' 303s !
One of the few bottles I took home. A little medicine bottle with......
......a WD arrow etched into the glass, (thanks Jayh )
A very nice and intact earthenware jug.........
.........made by Lovatts
Frank Cooper Ltd marmalade pot, nearly intact.
Interesting little 'by appointment' stamp as well
And lastly, one of the few aircraft related bits found on the day.
Nicely stamped and high quality. AGS = Aircraft grade steel. I think it maybe from the Bolton Paul factory (BP) but am unsure as the 'M' is throwing me ! Any help appreciated.
Plenty more finds from the group members to come