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« on: December 14, 2009, 03:09:21 am »
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After browsing the THunting site yesterday morning,(right after my night job)my appetite was again wettened reading some of the posts and looking at the great finds the members have in their possession,I decided to  braving the cold weather and find a new area locally to scan,3 hours later nothing wanted to show itself,until,my feet were like ice blocks and my eyes were streaming tears due to the frigid cold air...then,a short "blip" signal focused my attention back on the ground,a small brass cuff link around 4ins down appeared out of the moist soil,which immediately made me forget how cold I was.. I careful scanned the surrounding area,and found the broken piece that belonged to it.
On the way back to the car,I uncovered the spoon underneath the roots of a fallen tree.
The item with a "W or M" was found a couple of months ago,it looks like it has exploded judging by the way the alloy has spread,..but I still have no idea what it is.

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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2009, 03:23:02 am »
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The cufflink could also be from a farmer shirt or could be a decorative nail. No idea on the W. Is it lead?

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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009, 03:37:23 am »
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The Alpacca alloy was developed in 1823 by the German chemist Dr. Ernst August Geitner (1783-1852). It was very similar in its appearance to silver, but significantly cheaper. Therefore, this new alloy was first called "Argentan". It consisted of 20% nickel, 55% copper and 25% zinc. The new silver-imitating alloy soon became very popular. The Gebrueder Henninger (Henninger Bros.) proposed a similar alloy (5-30% nickel, 45-70% copper and 8-45% zinc with trace amounts of lead, tin and iron) which they called "Neusilber". Later both Argentan and Neusilber were used under the trade name of Alpacca (or Alpakka). The great advantage of the use of Alpacca alloy as the base metal for silver plating is that the appearance of the objects does not change significantly with the wearing away of the silver layer
Hi Christian,how you doing?
After some checking I`m 99% sure it`s a cuff link...as to the "w" thing,.I think it`s aluminum. (I first thought it was the bottom of an handgrenade)

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009, 09:40:28 am »
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hi andy,Ive found lots of them,the "M" alu things some with diffrent letters,they are some kind of shot cartarage,think they are some kind of flare,Your a brave man to venture out on these cold mornings,gruss mike

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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009, 01:05:01 pm »
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Thanks for info` Mike,cartridge or flare,..makes sense !
Very cold here yesterday.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2009, 01:57:16 pm »
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well its more then starting to frezze down here"arsch kalt"as the germans say,looks like its time to hit the river Isar banks ,always good for a few euro in the winter,might be lucky and hit a ring or two,but the whole river bank is full of junk,plenty of crown caps,you know the germans like there beer,all the teenie parties on the river this summer,so lets see what I can find,ps love the spoon....mike

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009, 06:22:01 pm »
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First thing I thought was the W thing was a shot primer of some sort. I am thinking most likely W for Winchester.

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009, 10:51:46 pm »
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It looks much too big to be a primer. My guess is that it may be a medicine bottle cap seal.

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2009, 01:11:04 am »
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Quote:Posted by mikeK
well its more then starting to frezze down here"arsch kalt"as the germans say,looks like its time to hit the river Isar banks ,always good for a few euro in the winter,might be lucky and hit a ring or two,but the whole river bank is full of junk,plenty of crown caps,you know the germans like there beer,all the teenie parties on the river this summer,so lets see what I can find,ps love the spoon....mike


Hi Mike,..yeah,the mercury is dropping fast in Germany,..might be a good idea to invest in these new shoe heaters that are in the shops now,..I might test drive a pair come to think of it  Grin
You deserve a medal for de-trashing the environment,good on you..and in the process finding gold would be a bonus for your efforts.
best of luck on your river bank quest.
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It looks much too big to be a primer. My guess is that it may be a medicine bottle cap seal.


Thanks for your input GD,..can I ask where in OZ you live,..I lived in Geraldton for a year,loved it.!!

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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2009, 01:13:08 am »
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for some reson you find lots of them over here,they are a very common find,I dump them in the recycle bin along with other bullet shells,dont think there WWII,andy wach out for the aluminium (lid things) there about 4cm,and look like a snuff box lid,find them in the woods and city parks,there some type of rabies vaccine,will have "TOLWUTIMPFUNG" on it,dont remove them,there for the foxes and badgers...mikek
to cold this morning andy,same here the ground is frozen now,Im going mad to get out,to much free time is not good,will try and get my pc fixed and post a few of my last finds,have you found any old deutsche marks yet?,dont forget you can still change them at the central bank(Bundesbank) into ?uro,I found just over 60 in the last 2 months (ca ?32),might weigh them in to day some thing to do Undecided

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