Saturday, September 29, 2012


I located another interesting old artifact this past week... a huge (31 1/2" X 25") 1821 Deed, or Indenture, beautifully handwritten on very heavy (sheepskin?) vellum. It concerns a property transfer between Joseph Moorhouse of County York and Ann Goldthorpe of County Spinster. It features a blue revenue stamp and Joseph Moorhouse's red wax seal. This type of document is regularly offered on eBay, where they bring anywhere from $20 on up to several hundred dollars.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I recently came across a "bottle" that was different - see the photo - from anything I'd ever seen. It was dark green, 4" long, and very heavy - not the type of bottle that one would use for a drink of water. I began trying to identify the strange "bottle" that had bumps along its sides. It dawned on me after a while that the "bottle" might actually be an insulator, though I had never seen one like it before. Fortunately, I had a book on insulators. After a bit of investigation, I found it - a very rare threadless pintype insulator with the designation "CD723." I decided to place it on eBay with a starting bid of $100.00. As of today, the bid has risen to over $200.00. It pays to have a library of reference books, for if I had not had the insulator ID guide, I probably would have placed the "bottle" in the shop with a price tag of $2.00.

I've got a partial list of reference books you might want to consider in my publication "How to Hunt Treasure" should you decide that you, too, might want to begin to build your own library of reference books. If further assistance is needed, feel free to email me at