Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12/15 Report - Wedgewood, Railroad Spikes, and Jupiter Inlet Beach

Wedgewood Pot Found Along a Treasure Coast Waterway.

Don't bother with those expensive stores if you are thinking about antique Wedgewood for Christmas. Just take a walk along one of the Treasure Coast waterways. You might find something unexpected like the pot shown in this photo.

Wedgewood pottery was first made in 1759. I would guess that this one is a much later piece.

I occasionally remind people that there are places other than the ocean beaches to hunt and there are all kinds of different things that can be found.

I can see why people like Wedgewood. This pot should clean up nicely.

Photo of a Couple Railroad Spikes.

I thought I'd show these to maybe help you recognize railroad spikes and help you tell the difference from shipwreck spikes.

I recently showed a photo of a spike that was up for auction on eBay that seemed like it might have been flattened out to be used as a knife. Fred B. had some other thoughts on that. Maybe it wasn't a reshaped spike after all.

Here is what Fred had to say.

"Years ago, bricklayers used a tool similar to the "neat spike". It is called a line pin, the line is wrapped around the upper part of the pin. The blade of the line pin is pushed in the soft mortar joint and the line is strung to the pin on the other end of the wall being lay-ed and the bricks are lay ed to the line. If the mortar is already hard, the line pin is then driven into the mortar joint with a masons hammer and the line is then pulled tightly to the pin in the other end.
The key is having a tight line, to ensure the line is straight and there is no sag.

They now have completely different pins and the line is no longer stored on the pin.
I have been trying to find pictures for you but not had any luck, I actually used some of the pins 40 years ago as a bricklayer."

Proper identification of artifacts isn't always easy, but you can learn a lot in the process.

Forecast and Conditions.

The wind is still coming from the northwest. The high tides are decreasing, as are the seas in general. The seas will only be around two or three feet. Again, that should provide some opportunities to get out in the low tide zones.

From time to time I've been mentioning the areas south of the inlets or other obstructions to the flow of sand such as rocks or sea walls as good places to check.

I haven't been to Jupiter for quite some time myself, but it seems that the area south of the inlet has eroded and has been producing shipwreck coins and artifacts. Tom Guidus wrote and said that is true, but he also said that the dredge pipes are already arriving. Sounds like you probably don't have much time left to work that beach.

Tom also sent this link to a photo of the beach there.


It would be a good idea to keep checking those areas with obstructions, as well as any of those isolated little cuts you might be able to find.

Stay Warm,