Wednesday, 13 February 2013
A cold day on the beach
Northerly winds have either one of two effects on the main sands at Margate. The sand will either build up in the bay or it will erode. More often that not this time of year there is this tendency for the sand to build up however the reverse can happen with variable winds on spring tides and my recent visit was one such occasion as I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Photographed above are examples of the finds I made and each item has one thing in common and that is size. Very often on certain winds and tides there seems to be an absence of small items like small shards of broken crockery, earthenware and cullet . This does increase the chance of finding complete items like the earthenware ink on the left of the photograph.Otherwise most items are large broken like the earthenware base in the photograph impressed J.Bourne & Son. Victorian bases along with bottle necks are becoming so common that I now leave more down there than I take home unless I haven't got that example. Only two finds in the photograph are something I have never come across before and that is a strange looking pot that has the lettering APOLLINARIS and the earthenware shard in the bottom right that is heavily impressed with part lettering SANDER? LO? STRO?. Both items obviously requiring research just of of interest.