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« on: March 28, 2011, 03:27:11 am »
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can anyone tell me when metal detecting first started and where please

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 04:03:34 am »
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Hello Mrdean

There are two I can think of.

One of the earliest practical metal detectors was invented by a Polish refugee living in the north of Scotland in early 1941 during world war2 for hunting Land mines. His prototype was eventually adopted by most of the allied armed forces during world war two. The Joke is his invention which he never patented, he never even got thanked for his contribution that saved thousands of live from landmines.

It did not take long after WW2 for surplus models to be used for prospecting. But it really took the American ingenuity to transform these early basic  detectors into the models we see today.

There was others working on similar type invention such a Clayton Metalphone company who produced a bulky back pack design with a tripod like frame around the early 1930's. One of these models was used by a Canadian expedition to Cocos island in 1931-32.It was failure because it was very impractical in the field.

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 04:10:40 am »
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 Hi All, there was a post about this question recently. I was going to say about an earlie expedition to Cocos Island also, two probes were placed in the ground and supposedly a treasure of silver coins was found from memory  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 10:21:26 am »
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 Wow Hardluck thanks for the info,interesting... Idea
Thank you for sharing...... Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 10:39:31 am »
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Kip Wagner K v M and many others used old surplus WWII mine detectors which lead to folks like Char. Garrett and several other electronic engineers working on the detectors we have and use to day. Thing have changed a lot in the 40 years I have been at this. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 01:39:08 pm »
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Alexander Graham Bell devised a metal detector in 1881 to find the bullet that later killed President Garfield. His detector worked but failed to find the bullet because, unknown to doctors, the President was on a metal framed bed. No "bed balance control" was the reason they couldn't find it.

I make light of it, but the story is true. Google it.

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I watched a documentary on the Garfield shooting. Most interesting.

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