Saturday, October 20, 2012

10/20/12 Report - SedwickCoins Auction Items & 54th Foot Button

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Ornate Gold Chain in Sedwick Coins Auction
This eleven foot long Mel Fisher Atocha gold chain is in the SedwickCoins auction. It currently has a bid of $65,000, but I expect that to multiply before the auction closes.

A few days ago I mentioned the British 74th Foot button discovered in St. Augustine and also mentioned a couple of British buttons found in the West Indies. I showed a photo of a 76th button. Below is a 54th Foot button from the same batle site in St. Lucia.

The 54th Foot does not seem to have as much history judging from the relative lack of documentation on the web as the 76th.

Here is what wikipedia says about the 54th.

Pewter 54th Foot Button Found on St. Lucia
The 54th Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army. Originally formed in 1755 as the 56th Regiment of Foot it was renumbered as the 54th when the 50th Regiment and 51st Regiment were disbanded. It was renamed as 54th (the West Norfolk) Regiment of Foot on 31 August 1782. As part of the Childers Reforms it was united with the 39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot, to form The Dorsetshire Regiment in 1881.

So it didn’t become the 54th until 1782.

Here is that link.
I’m trying to find exactly when the 76th and 54th were on St. Lucia. My best guess now is during a battle that occurred between the French and British in December of 1788.

That hunt on St. Lucia also turned up some other items, including a few that I have not yet been able to identify.

One thing you want to remember if you ever hunt on any of the volcanic islands in the West Indies, some detectors won’t handle the volcanic soil and hot rocks very well. You will want to consider that when deciding what detector to take.

There was a safe deposit box coin liquidation auction on that closed on the 18th. They had a lot of inexpensive coins and a few gold bullion coins. Generally good prices. You might watch if you are interested in catching other auctions..

I received an email from Dan Sedwick reminding that the most recent Sedwick Coin auction will end soon with live bidding on Oct. 25 and 26. You must register to bid, so if there is something you must have, do it now.

There is a good selection of gold Lima 8 escudos from the 1715 Fleet in the auction.

The 1715 Fleet gold ampulla in the auction, which I showed a couple of weeks ago, now has a bid of $25,000, asking $27,000.

You can see a picture of the ampulla by going to the Sedwick Coins auction catalog or going back to my Oct. 4th post.

I recently ran across a archaeological guide that you might find useful. Although it was written as a guide to an area in Central Illinois much of the information applies to almost anywhere. If you are interested in learning to date glass bottles or ceramics, I found those sections especially interesting.

Here is the link.

I’ve learned that people are lifting my posts and using them on their pages without any attribution again. If you see my posts used without attribution, you can be sure it is a copyright violation and the site is not to be trusted. I don’t know why they won’t at least attribute the source that they copied from.

There are people who have asked to quote me or use a part of a post and do provide attribution to this blog.  That is fine.

The Atlantic seems to be getting more active. The tropical wave I mentioned yesterday now has a 20% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next day or two. It is still way east of the West Indies though.

Another low pressure area just below Hispanola has a 30% percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

I took a look at the beach this morning and the water is rougher than what you might expect for 1 foot swells, which is what the surf web sites are reporting for today. There were even some surfers out. The surf is expected to increase through the day.

The wind was from the north this morning. No sign of erosion anywhere.

Beach detecting conditions remain poor.

Happy hunting,