Well after the last visit to my airfield where illness got the better of me, (preventing me from doing anywhere near as much detecting as I would normally do), I decided to get back there as soon as possible to make up for it.
The results proved it was worth the return visit !
And as and extra special treat for you all, (I know, I know.......I can kiss arse with the best of them !), I even put together a video of some of the finds being dug up!!! I was only using a small digi still camera on 'video mode' so please don't expect anything BBC quality. I didn't video everything I dug up as it would have taken too long so it was pot luck what I ended up filming.
YouTube - relic hunting 2
Please find below my normal array of pictures for your consideration and, hopefully, help
Firstly before any cleaning........
And then after cleaning and disposal of pieces of crap.....
I found quite a few tent/tarpaulin rings this time round along with a couple of buckles....
A strange circular piece of metal, about the size of a headlamp. In fact....could that be what it is ? Picture shows the stamps on the inside.
A safety razor handle, a clock face from a pocket watch and a tube top. (Exciting isn't it !)
Some jam jar lids and a strange item that I need help with. I think ZigZag make/made lighters and cigarette papers don't they ? Is this a relic or a piece of modern crap ? The USA patent is dated 1938.
An American padlock......
An electrical plug and a bakerlite lid that I found lying on the surface, dated 9141
Now these items intrigue me. Found at the same depth as the relics I know are from the 1940s. A Yardley compact (either a mirror or possibly face powder) and the top off a Max Factor lipstick. Were the RAF/USAAF guys cross dressing or perhaps the area I was in was used by the WAAFs ? What do you reckon ?
These two items intrigued me even more ! A very small but lovely little cast metal telephone and what looks the remains of an item of jewellery......the remains of where prescious/semi-precious stones were mounted can be clearly seen. Anyone any idea what these two items were ?
The buttons just keep coming..... Another German pebble button, a n American standard button, a silver button with the rear missing and a collar badge. Can someone tell me exactly what type of collar badge ? Having trouble finding it on the net (I'll give you 1 hour Ade )
A 30cal, 303 and a 45cal. The 45 is dated 1932 which is kinda unusual for this site and the 30cal and 303 are badly damaged. Cordite still in place in the 303 Also a spent 45 cal bullet....hope it didn't hit a person
Please also note that the 45 has been fired (note the picture of the cartridge base) and someone has decided to put the bullet back in (although they pushed it in too far).
I found more cartridges in the process of being 'trench-arted'. Interesting that I found both pieces of the 50cal within 3 feet of each other, (the halves match perfectly), and that someone has pushed an inner metal sleeve into the base of it. I wonder why ?
A nice 50cal just poking out of the ground (see my video above ) and a 20mm which again is a rare find for this site.
The feint headstamp is TW 4 by the way.
And now for one of my most interesting finds on this site. Shame about it's condition but spending 65 years in the ground rarely has a positive outcome !
It is called a PERFECTA harmonica and appears to have German writing on it although I can't be totally sure, (DAS Instru**** ? and further along what looks like 'Konners'). I am awaiting an e-mail back from a Harmonica museum in the states to see if i can identify the maker as, so far, a trawl of the internet has proved fruitless.
Wouldn't it be superb if it did indeed turn out to be German AND made in WW2 ? One can but live in hope !
Anyway. Hope you like the finds.
Look forward to your help identifying some of it !
Pictures uploaded for safe keeping....