More Storms

Approaching Storm - Dumbleyung
Approaching Storm - Dumbleyung

Well I was going to go Metal Detecting today, but it was just too wet … we had over an Inche of rain today, which is not good for the local farmers. We also had a big downpour of Hail which would have damaged some crops … from what I saw the damage would likely be localised to a small area, but unfortunately some farms around 500km’s east of here near Esperance Western Australia had total destruction, losing 100% of their crops.

I went out and took a few photos of the Storm, I was hoping to get a few lightning shots, but unfortunately was not quick enough.

Anyhow tomorrow I am definately going out bush Metal Detecting, the soil is very wet, which will help the Metal Detector pick up more signals, hopefully giving me more success.

Here is a few pics I took today, click on the images for a better image.

Dark Stormy Sky - Dumbleyung Wheatflields
Dark Stormy Sky - Dumbleyung Wheatflields

Ghost Town Gold!

Gold Locket - Stamped 9ct Lined Rodd
Gold Locket - Stamped 9ct Lined Rodd

Finally after Detecting at a old Ghost Town in Western Australia, I have found my first Gold piece of Jewellery at an old townsite, near were I live in Dumbleyung Western Australia.

George Rodd in 1919, G. & E. Rodd made such popular items as watch alberts, bracelets, rings, cuff links, tie pins, brooches, lockets, crosses and from the early 1930s also presentation medals and enamelled badges. Their flatware included sets of tea and coffee spoons, souvenir and trophy spoons. By the late 1930s, G. & E. Rodd was the leading firm of manufacturing jewellers in Australia. In 1948 they became a public company, Rodd (Australia) Ltd. The firm’s successors continued the business until 1985. (See: K. Cavill, ‘The jewellery and silverware of G & E. Rodd, and its successors’, Australiana, 1987 (1), pp15-18; also K. Cavill, G. Cocks, J.Grace, ‘Australian jewellers, gold and silversmiths, makers and marks’, 1992, pp 78-79, 199-201.)

I spent around 2 hours hunting around, found a few more old pennys, and belt buckles, and a old Vintage Motorbike Number plate, unfortunately it was damaged.

1938 Australian Penny
1938 Australian Penny
Vintage Motorbike Numberplate - W 61 (Wagin)
Vintage Motorbike Numberplate - W 61 (Wagin)
Mortlock Bros LTD BSA Metal Plate
Mortlock Bros LTD BSA Metal Plate

Check out the photos rest of todays finds and other recent finds Metal Detecting

Cleaning Jewellery Before After Photos

I have spent ages cleaning up a couple a nice finds I found, one at a beach and the other at an old Ghost Town. I used my coin tumbler, not much luck, brasso, not much luck, silvo, not much luck, Goddards Silver and Gold Cleaner, not much luck.

So then I used the good old toothbrush, some very fine Grit which I bought from Aussie Sapphire, I wet the toothbrush and dipped it in some Grit and lightly scrubbed away and then to my delight both pieces came up rather nicely as you can see below … click the photos for a better look.

Before After Cleaning - Victorian Belt Clasp - Ghost Town Find
Before After Cleaning - Victorian Belt Clasp - Ghost Town Find - Possibly Gold?
Before After Cleaning - Old Gold Necklace Charm - Beach Find
Before After Cleaning – Old Gold Necklace Charm – Beach Find

I am pretty impressed, because the Victorian Belt Clasp dates back possibly to the late 19th Century, and because it was so tarnished, I thought it was either Tin, Copper or Brass, now I am debating to whether it might actually be Gold.

Originally the Clasp above had 14 Stones in it, and obviously over time the stones have fallen out, I know exactly where I found the Clasp, so I am going to go back tomorrow with a fine sift and hopefully I may be able to recover some of the stones, I doubt it though, because where I found the Claps was on the side of an old unused road where it had been graded by a grader, so no doubt it will be like finding a needle in a haystack, but I am still going to try my luck… you just never know. Even if I found one stone, at least then I will know if they were once diamonds on the clasp.
I must say however it would be one of my favourite finds so far.

Beautiful Rainbow – Beautiful Clouds

The weather here has been really weird lately, first that Tornadic Formation two days ago and now yesterday before Dusk there was an amzing rainbow, a type I have never seen before, it had 4 rings. It was beautiful, then minutes later before the sun set, there were some beautiful clouds … I love the weather, especially storms and clouds, I am actually a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society

Here are some pics I took yesterday … click on the photos to get a better look.

Four Ringed Ranbow
Four Ringed Ranbow
Four Ringed Ranbow
Four Ringed Ranbow
Four Ringed Rainbow
Four Ringed Rainbow
Beautiful Clouds
Beautiful Clouds

Tornadic Storm Photos – Dumbleyung Western Australia

Yesterday was a great day for Storm Photography, I was hoping to get some lightning shots, but I missed out, but some of the photos I took are making me wonder if a Tornado was about to form, I am bit familar with Tornadoes, being a big fan of Extreme Instability Tornado Chasing Website anyhow watching the storm yesterday was amazing.

The storm centre clouds were circling 360 degrees in a typical Tornadic formation.

As you can see in the photos on the Yellow Circled bit, thats were I believe a Tornadoe was starting to form, but unfortunately did not eventuate.

I went to two different areas and saw possible Two Tornado Formations as per pics below.

Click on the Photos to see a bigger photo

Possible Tornado Forming One

Possible Tornadoe Forming - Dumbleyung Western Australia
Possible Tornadoe Forming - Dumbleyung Western Australia
Possible Tornado Forming Two
Possible Tornado Forming - Dumbleyung Western Australia
Possible Tornado Forming - Dumbleyung Western Australia
Check these Beautiful Photos I took from the same place, absolutely awe inspiring!
Cumulonimbus Clouds - Dumbleyung Western Australia
Cumulonimbus Clouds - Dumbleyung Western Australia

Todays Best Finds

Hi Guys,

 I went out to my secret hunting spot today, an old where an old town used to be from 1907 to around 1955.

 I found some interesting things, here is my best finds today.

 

1943 Australian CRC Adopt a Digger Badge - Made in Perth Western Australia
1943 Australian CRC Adopt a Digger Badge - Made in Perth Western Australia

 (A Digger is a nickname for an Australian Soldier)

This Badge must be very rare because I cannot find one on the internet. I found it today at my favourite treasure hunting spot near Dumbleyung Western Australia

1955 Silver Australian Three Pence
1955 Silver Australian Three Pence

1922 Australian Penny

1922 Australian Penny
1922 Australian Penny

 1928 Australian Half Penny

 1928 Australian Half Penny
1928 Australian Half Penny

Got heaps of other stuff, brass belt buckles, bits of copper, etc will upload some pics soon!

By the way, check out my new Metal Detecting Gallery you can see all my pics there! Feel free to uploads your metal detecting photos also!

New Finds!

WW2 Australian Brass Army Buttons
WW2 Australian Brass Army Buttons

Well its been a couple weeks since I last wrote, I had a great holiday, did not find much, but only tried a few times, found nothing of great interest.

But a few days ago I went out to my favourite haunt – my secret old Ghost Town, near where I live and found plenty of old coins, as well as my first Australian Shilling.

Also found an old Chinese Coin which is quite remarkable, I believe it was used as a necklace pendant as it has a hole in it, probably a gift to a old sweetheart from a Soldier returning from World War 2, might be wrong though.

Also found an old childs toy wagon wheel, some more old WW2 Australian Army Buttons, an old axe head, an old tie clasp, quite a few old Australian pennys, an old Victorian Copper Tray and another Engine Bay Badge.

1954 Australian Silver Shilling
1954 Australian Silver Shilling
Paulownia 1 sen - Chinese Coin
Paulownia 1 sen - Chinese Coin
Paulownia 1 sen - Chinese Coin
Paulownia 1 sen - Chinese Coin
Childs Toy - Wagon Wheel
Childs Toy - Wagon Wheel
Vintage Car Engine Plate - Lynas Motors Perth Ford Dealers
Vintage Car Engine Plate - Lynas Motors Perth Ford Dealers
Old Tie Clasp
Old Tie Clasp
Old Victorian Copper Tray
Old Victorian Copper Tray