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he team is pleased to announce that Sandra Shaw - alsoknown as ‘High Peak Fossicker’ has joined them as aFinds Adviser and is currently bringing a lot of expertise
as well as ‘female intuition’ to the identification process. She hassteadily been going through the ‘back list’ looking at previouslyunidentified objects and, in many cases coming up with asolution.We wish her well and she is very welcome. The staff room wastidied up specially for her first visit and everyone was on theirbest behavior! So, what is Sandra’s background?In 2003 Sandra and her husband took an ‘executive’ decisionto sell the family business - which was a country pub in the Peak District - and take early retirement. The pub had kept them verybusy with little time for family life. Having leisure time wouldalso mean that they would be seeing more of their five grandchildren!On leaving the pub Sandra compiled a wish list that includedbringing herself in to this century by mastering the computer andbuying that metal detector she had coveted for years but couldnever afford and didn’t have to time to use it anyway! She vowedto turn her collecting habit into a small antique business and . . .she really fancied a quad bike. She managed the first three but thebike turned into a Smart car - it has the advantage of cover, runsforever on £20 pounds worth of petrol and she doesn’t get naggedfor bringing the bigger and better car home filthy and in a state.Sandra already had permission to detect on several of thefarms in the area as most of the farmers were pub customers andthe cottage she moved to sat between two farms.There has also been a reversal of roles. She is the onespending time in the shed and the one who goes off for hours onend, returns tired and dirty and flops in the chair for the rest of theday.Furniture restoration and a long term genealogy project alsokeeps her busy, but it’s so much easier now that she has thecomputer. Sandra jokingly said, “I suppose you have noticed bynow that my head is wedged firmly in the past.”
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It took a special quality to solve the mystery of the‘mount’
ther advisers have been pleasantly surprised, nay,astounded by the expertise that Sandra has brought to thestaff room and I have chosen just one example to
illustrate the point.A recorder called ‘Earl of Tarring’ found what he thought wassome kind of mount on the Thames foreshore near Greenwichand uploaded it to the database.
See UKDFD 11735 above
This apparently nondescript object attracted the attention of the advisory staff but they were rather puzzled as to what it mightbe . . .Sandra was sure that she had seen something like it in a book or magazine and set about trying to track it down. Her diligenceand perseverance eventually paid when she found exactly whatshe was looking for in part 35 of a magazine called
What’s it Worth.
The object, as you can see from the picture below, is the leadcounterweight from a German gravity operated tightrope-walkertoy of about 1900. The remains of the steel suspension wire are just visible on the top.The weight keeps him balanced on the wire and the revolvingwheel is geared to make his legs move back and forth as hegently descends.
Bring on the Clowns
eople and animals were secondin popularity only to cars, trainsand planes as subjects for this
kind of mechanical tin-plate toy.Another area, especially popularwith children, was the circus.Performing animals, tight-ropewalkers, trapeze artists and tumblersprovided movement.Lithographic decoration provided abright, eye-catching effect cheaplyachieved on these toys which weremade for a low-budget market.