Wednesday 28 October 2020

Merveille du Jour

Merveille du Jour, Griposia aprilina

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I had 2 Merveille du Jour a few days ago, my first sighting of this beautiful moth. Caddisflies continue to come to the moth trap.

Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa

Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra

Blair's Mocha, Cyclophora puppillaria 

Blair's Shoulder-knot, Lithophane leautieri

unidentified caddisfly

Climping beach

Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba

Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba

Littlehampton view

Lunar Underwing, Omphaloscelis lunosa 

Merveille du Jour, Griposia aprilina

Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis

Scarce Bordered Straw, Helicoverpa armigera

Shuttle-shaped Dart, Agrotis puta

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Denarius and Bronze Age spear tip

I've been metal detecting a lot in August and September since restrictions were eased and these are my more interesting finds.
Denarius of Severus Alexander 222 to 235AD, base silver

gilt button

Roman coin

Buckle and plate (1350-1400, type IG-50)

possible Celtic potin (12mm diam, 1.0g)

Roman coin

Roman coin

livery button showing cockerel

possible Elizabeth I penny

post medieval buckle

The buckle is plated with an alloy, perhaps pewter and is similar to one on 

Roman coin of Constantine

Elizabeth I half groat

an Edward halfpenny

Victoria threepence 1866

Bronze age spear tip

Similar to an image on UKDFD database described as "cast Bronze Age spear tip; pronounced tapering triangular median rib. 2200BC-800BC"

George V sixpence 1925

Edward I farthing, LONDON mint


This thick tile was a surface find in the middle of a field with no other building rubble in it. One side is clear glazed with a curved edge which is white glazed. The other side is white glazed. It is 4cm thick. I found this in a paper on tiles: "Clay tiles were covered with a white glaze made from lead oxide to which tin oxide had been added. This turned the original transparent lead glaze into an opaque white glaze." The questions are "what age is it and what is the use of a thick tile glazed on both sides with a curved edge?"

    Type ID no 23: single loop and plate in one piece, Date range 1250-1400AD.
2. William III farthing (21mm diameter)
3. Small buckle is Fig 6 on buckle site: Medieval Type IIIB 1370-1500 no 102.

bottom row: baubly button & 2 Roman grots

Roman coin of Constantine

rowel from a spur

part of a gilt watch winder

Henry VIII penny, London mint


a large boss-like copper artefact with a pattern in the centre (weight 37g, diameter 4.4cm, depth 5mm). It's flat on the back, no sign of fittings:-

lead token and pastry cutter

1. A medieval lead token 1200-1500 AD (ref Colchestertreasurehunting). diameter 19mm, weight 2.95g. "The cross and pellets is frequent, and presumably derives from the coinage of the first three Edwards." (ref thetokensociety)

2. Post Medieval cast copper alloy pastry jigger, consisting of the wheel only, dating to c. AD 1700 - 1800. diameter 28mm, weight 7g.

Belgium 10 centimes 1861

F. Tapley drapery token

farthing token of Abraham Waller of Andover

livery button, bird of prey

Rose farthing

4 hole copper button

4 hole copper button reads: Swears & Wells 192 Regent St. from research: Swears & Wells was a department store at 192 Regent Street in London’s West End, established in 1816 by Frederick Swears and Thomas William Wells. The company achieved high-standing as a leather and fur retailer and maker of children’s clothing. The store continued until at least the mid-1970s. these are photos of Swears & Wells stores:
Swears and Wells store,1925

Swears and Wells, Regent St.

Corporation Tramways livery button
Portsmouth Corporation Tramways was officially renamed the ‘City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department’ on 14th July 1936, barely 4 months before the last tram ran. (from

a strap loop (Medieval 1350-1400)

a post medieval cast copper alloy mount with hook and loop, possibly from a sword belt (16th - 17th century)

Roman Constantine coin AD 335-41

  • obverse: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG (Constantine the great Emperor)
  • reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS (great army) two soldiers standing either side of two standards