Holy cow....give us some background on that Florida son....did you just dig those ? Sensational find by all means !! Worthy of the banner board with a story behind them !! Congrats on one of the rarer and more sought after artifacts !!
Thanks Blak Bart! Just dug 12/30 after three days of strong south winds on or near a 1715 treasure beach. I was watching this beach for a few days and saw more sand had left and the crunchy coquina sand was less than a scoop below the beach. This was at low tide in the lowest but wetest part. I found a large pyramid sinker first, then a lump of copper slag and finally the dividers, mostly in a line like a coin line would be. I first though it was a hitch pin but saw it was chart dividers due to the finger holes and hinge. And the little details on the edges to help you hold them.
I found two papers with pictures or descriptions of this type of artifact. One was from J. Clausen, archeologist who documented finds made on a “1715 Spanish Treasure Ship” and had a (bad quality) photo with the same type dividers as I found. The second was a private collector who also had a picture and description as 1715. Also found a real nice picture said to be Dutch made.
I am still stoked, one of my best finds. Always wonder who held it last, what was happening.
Well you have my banner vote thats freaken awsome !! Thats a very special find....take it up to McClarty museum im sure they would love to see them....im no expert but it sure does look like a 1715 piece !! A very sought after artifact...congrats again !! Maybe someone can 100% confirm.