Jeff finds things — it’s what he does.
Walking with him always turns up interesting finds…
missing things, old things,
and sometimes things long forgotten.
Out on the Essex coast last week
in amongst the flowers
and not far from here,
he found this:
Any guesses on what it is, or why it might matter?
A curious flint caught my eye while walking along the beach at Bradwell, it was obviously a flint tool, but not one of the prehistoric axes, arrowheads, or scrapers that can sometimes be found around the Essex coastline. Its size, one and one eight of an inch wide, and its rectangular form immediately identifies this item as a no.9 gunflint (nine eights of an inch wide), from a military flintlock musket, and therefore probably from the Napoleonic Wars, and made at Brandon in Norfolk.
But how did it end up on the beach at Bradwell…?