Friday, March 12, 2010
3/12 Report - Ear Ring & Skeleton Dog
On the left is an ear ring that was found with a metal detector on a Treasure Coast Beach.
On the right is a crucifix that was found some time ago at Wabasso by a reader of this blog.
I posted the reader's crucifix in this blog in the past, probably a few months ago. The crucifix I think is from the 17th Century, if I correctly recall.
On the ear ring, notice the center ornament, the twisted rope style design around the center, and the settings for the missing stones. And then look at the photo of a crucifix. I think you will see that all three of those features can be seen on both items. That of course doesn't mean they are necessarily from the same time period, but it is something to consider.
Of course I'd like to receive any ideas or information you might have about the ear ring.
I read an interesting article on the evolution, or what you might call hybridization, of Spanish Colonial heir looms. The article told about a crucifix, for example, that went through a number of transformations as it was held over time and repaired and modified by the owners. As a result the artifact in the end, had features or modifications that came from three different time periods. Talk about an identification challenge - that would be it.
On another subject, the North Carolina Office of State Archeology is trying to find descendants of Edward Salter, one of Blackbeard's crew, to decide how the pirate's remains should be disposed. The remains, believed to be those of Salter, were unearthed near Bath Creek in 1986. To read more this story, go to
I usually don't use snipped photos from other sites, but since I'm not doing anything commercial and am sending you to the original site, I guess there would be no harm.
This old sea dog skeleton was found nearly complete on the site of the Mary Rose. I just thought it was really neat. You could easily imagine this dog guarding an old pirate chest or something.
If you want to read the article about the Mary Rose and the old sea dog, here is the link (Submitted by Gary D.).
Forecast and Conditions. The seas will remain about 2.5 feet until next week when the will increase up to about five feet. Of course that is assuming that the surf web sites are correct, and as I've said, the forecasts that go out several days tend to drift.
I was out this morning for a little while checking out the rain eroded areas on the back beaches. Some old things were exposed by rain.
One of the nice things about swinging in the rain, is that the beaches aren't busy. In fact, I didn't see a single soul.
One of my favorite metal detecting moments was a day when the sea was calm and I was water hunting and the rain started to pour down. I couldn't see but a few feet around me and nothing but the rain drops on the mirror calm surface. It was a beautiful sight. I just wish I had a photo of it.
On the front beach today, there was very little new to note, other than a few newly scalloped areas - certainly nothing to change my 1 (poor) beach conditions rating.
For the next few days, you'll have easy access to some of the low tide areas.
It is tough out there on the Treasure Coast beaches now, but if you really work at it and use your head, there are few things to be found.
Right now I'm hearing thunder. Be careful when lightening is in the area.