Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4/8/14 Report - Drone Used to Discover Archaeological Site, Treasure Coast Beach Conditions & NOT 1715 Fleet Kang Xsi

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

Below is a picture of the beach at Pepper Park in the morning.  I finally managed to get a video uploaded into blogger.  It wasn't quick though.  Maybe I'll be able to do more videos now.

NOTE:  It appears that there may be some problem with the video.  It seemed to work when I first put it on, but now it seems that it is not always loading for some reason.

That doesn't look very promising.  You could tell that the dry sand had been kicked up by plenty of beach goers though.   I didn't bother detecting there. 

That beach usually gets covered well during the winter by snowbirds who park their trailers there.

A drone equipped with an thermal camera was able to find signs of a 1000 year old village in New Mexico.

Here is the link to that article.


There are a lot of new techniques these days. 

Have you heard about the Pocket Drone.

It is a small drone that can be folded up into a small package and then opened for use.  It costs less than $1000 and can be equipped with a good camera.  

Pocket Drone.
Quite a few have already been sold to hobbyists and people who want to get another angle for their photos.

My concern is how stable it would be on a breezy day on the coast.

I saw the creators showing it on the business channel.

Here is a link for more information.


Yesterday or the day before I showed an ancient Chinese "chicken cup" which is expected to sell for millions.  I showed it because it was an example of fine ancient Chinese porcelain. 

In the Sedwick auction they have a couple pieces of Chinese porcelain.  This one

The upper estimation on this one is $375.

The graphics on this one didn't appeal to me when I first looked at it and didn't look like the K'angxi I've seen from the Treasure Coast.

It does have a couple of the typical characteristics.  The shade of blue is similar and it is a nice thin and very white piece of porcelain.

This piece was once evidently confused as being from the 1715 Fleet, but when I saw it, the graphics were definitely not like what I had seen of 1715 Fleet Kangxi.  It just didn't look like what I had seen.  And I didn't find it as appealing.

It is still very different from the more common domestic 18th century pieces you will see.

I was pleased that my opinion of the piece had some basis and that I was able to recognize the difference.

Here is the auction description.

Small, blue-on-white Chinese porcelain teacup, K'angxi period, ex-Ullian. 44 grams, 1-3/4" tall and 2-1/4" in diameter. Completely intact, with some glaze remaining, traces of red overglaze too, simple exterior design of three cloud-like panels with diagonal stripes. With original Real Eight Co. certificate signed by Lou Ullian, which says this cup was "recovered in 1963 by the Real 8 Co. from the Almiranta of the 1715 Fleet. It was one of 11 small cups found." Recovered from: Spanish 1715 Fleet, east coast of Florida. UPDATE: It has come to our attention that this piece was actually recovered from a suspected pirate wreck of the 1720s-30s in the Red Sea during an archeological expedition in the 1970s. The pattern on this cup is distinctive for the Chinese market and would not have ended up on the 1715 Fleet. The salvager subsequently sold it to Ullian, and we surmise that it simply got confused in Lou's estate.

So this piece was not from the 1715 Fleet.  I am totally surprised that my gut reaction actually had some basis.

The best way to learn to identify items is to look at many examples, preferably in person.

On the Treasure Coast we still don't have good detecting conditions.  Take a look at the video.

Happy hunting,