Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2/25/14 Report - Beach Dynamics: Groin Honey Holes & Kerosene Lamp Parts Found

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Parts Found at Different Times That Might Go Together.
Sometimes you'll find an item and have some idea what it is but won't really know for sure.  Then maybe you'll find something else that goes with it, and then again, something else.  Or you'll get some clues or learn something and start putting it altogether.

Not long ago I showed a photo of a piece of what I thought was a part of an oil lamp.  Then a couple of days later another piece, which could have been from the same lamp.  Well, I think I found more of the same lamp, and this time it had a patent date and other information on it.

The glass globe at the top was found years ago, and I don't think it was part of the other item, but I don't know for sure.

The part in the front row on the far left was found a week or so ago.  Then the part on the far right in the front row a day or two later.  The a few days after that, the tube and the top, the two parts in the middle.  The glass globe was found in the same area years ago.

The wick turner on the part of the left still turns.

The fortunate thing is that the last piece found, shown here shows a patent date of Nov 80 and the letters B & H.

Not having the first two digits of the year it could have been either 1984 or 1884.  From the look, I guessed 1884.

With a little research I found the www.thelampworks.com web site, which is a real gem for research.

I learned that B&H was the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company that began in 1852 making clocks and then later made other household items, including lamps.

I encourage you to visit the site.  It really provides a lot of information.

Here is the link for the Bradley and Hubbard information.


And here is a little of what it told me about B & H.

So it seems that the parts in the front row are parts of a kerosene lamp.  I still don't know if the globe goes with it.  At this point I think not.  Notice the ceramic element in the base of the globe.

If you can tell me more about the glass globe, I'd like to hear from you.  Thanks!

The ceramic thing in the bottom of the globe has a spring below it that extends down a glass tube in the bottom of the globe.

New topic.  More on Groins and Beach Dynamics.

Understanding beach dynamics will help you a lot.  It will help you know where to detect. It will also help you to know which beaches to check first.

If you know and understand the different beaches in an area very well, you'll pretty much know what to expect at different beaches from what the wind is doing and how big the surf is.  Not always but a lot of the time - enough to save a lot of otherwise wasted travel.

Source of illustration:
Yesterday I was talking about groins and how the sand shifts from side to side depending upon the waves.  The back and forth movement of sand between the groins, or a cove or between other obstacles can be a very helpful phenomena.  Hunt the one side until the sand moves and then hunt the other side.  If you get an unusually big movement of sand in between the groins you can be in for a big gold bonanaza.

Notice the direction of the sand in this illustration, which goes from the upper left corner towards the lower right corner.

If you get a big movement of sand and get back into areas that haven't been uncovered for a long time, especially near the base of a groin structure but also in the middle between groins, you will be in the money.

No change in beach conditions on the Treasure Coast.

Happy hunting,