The item description says, 16th Century Spanish, Toledo Steel dagger, found in a Spanish salvor's camp in southern Brevard County, just inshore from Florida's Treasure Coast. The camp was either a survivor's camp or a salvor's camp which salvaged the 1715 Fleet in 1715-16. The handle was probably replaced in the early 18th Century with Mesquite wood, obtained in the New World (Mexico), and pinned with a bronze pin, the back being filled in with lead. A rare and unique dagger! The inscription is early Spanish - pre 16th Century. Comes with COA from the original salvor.
That is the description. Of course I can't verify any of that, but it is interesting.
Really remarkable condition for being buried hundreds of years.
Below is the link to the web site which has a variety of other old nautical items for sale.
|John Brooks Beach Yesterday Near Low Tide.|
We have a disturbance hanging over South Florida right now, but it isn't expected to develop. I think all we'll get out of it is some more rain. (See map below.)
|Same Beach Looking South.|
You can see where the high tide got to. Notice the sea weed, which is usually a sign that the beach is building rather than eroding.
|Tons of Sea Weed At Low Tide At Walton Rocks.|
When there is heavy sea weed on a productive beach, you either have to detect through inches of sea weed or move the sea weed. A few inches can make a difference.
Another problem is that aluminum and light junk can be in with the sea weed. It is a mess but not always to be avoided. Usually, though you find it when the sand is being dumped onto the beach.
|Hurricane Ivan and Two Disturbances.|
There is a new disturbance coming off of Africa.