Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9/9/14 Report - 122-Year-Old Gravestone Found on Beach. Hoard Found by Detectorist. Tungsten Ring Markings. Laser Inscribed Diamonds.

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

This 122-year-old gravestone appeared on Ocean .  A headline or an article about that claimed the the gravestone "washed up" on the beach.

Some of those who read the article wondered how something like that could wash up on a beach, especially considering that there hadn't been any recent storms.

As we know, when things suddenly appear on a beach, it might not be because the object washed up.  It can just as well be that the item got uncovered.

An observer might notice the depressions in the sand around the corners of the stone.  The water obviously rushed around the corners, where the sand was suspended and washed away.

One thing I found most interesting about the article is the number of comments.  The discussion was pretty much what you would expect.  Some accepted the author's conclusion that it washed up while others realized that it might have been uncovered.

One person wondered why the inscription had not worn more on that beach gravestone when they commonly wear down while still in the cemetery exposed only to air.  One person found the obituary in the paper that gave details of the deceased and another located the a picture of the residence of the deceased.

The readers discovered that an old cemetery was moved and the old tombstones were used for breakwaters or sea walls and many are now buried under the sand of that beach.

It was interesting to follow the story from the misconception of the stone having washed ashore, to the discovery of the details of the deceased and to the source of the stone.

Here is the link.


And here is the article about the stones being removed and used to support a sea wall.


You never know what will be found on a beach, and the unraveling the mystery of how it got there can be a lot of fun.

You might get more good information from comments than from an article anymore.  That is something to remember when doing research.

Here is a picture of a hoard discovered during an excavation that was being conducted on the site of an old department store.

The picture reminded me of the photo of the artifact cluster that Captain Jonah sent us a few days ago.  About the same size.

Anyhow, for more of the story about these Roman artifacts, below is the link.


Bottle collecting got popular in United States back in the 1970s.  Then a chip didn't matter if the bottle was rare. Today condition is very important and a rare bottle with a chip will auction for half what a perfect bottle brings, according to Jeff Wichmann, the founder and owner of American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif.

Concerning toys, it seems like it is the 70s and 80s stuff that is popular now.  The boomers are down sizing while the children of the 70s and 80s are now collecting.

Markings Inside Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band.
Here are the markings I found inside the tungsten wedding band.  Triton on the left.

These markings aren't like the stamps you usually find in gold.

Did you know that some diamonds are microscopically inscribed with a certification number of personal message?   You can sometimes read them with a 10X jewelers loop.  Sometimes they are covered by the setting. 

The best diamonds do not always have a certification number.  They can be buffed off.

For identification purposes, a carbon pattern is better than an inscription.

The only thing worth watching in the Atlantic is way over by Africa and still days away.

Right now we only have about a one foot surf on the Treasure Coast.

Happy hunting,