Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Interesting Artefacts

Keith Todd is a metal detection enthusiast. Using metal detectors at Holt Park and the Arboretum, he has found all kinds of odds and ends - most of them were only a few inches below the surface. He came by the museum today with this collection of aluminium cans, an old steel ax head with a very distinctive shape, a coat hanger, coins and many other things.
But he singled out these stamps which he thought would be of greatest interest. The top one is for the Rondo Piano Company. I searched for this on Papers Past and found a few advertisements for this company in Gisborne c.1910. Do you know anything about this piano business and why we would've had a stamp here in Otautau?
The other stamp is for a bicycle. Can anyone suggest where it may have come from? A local bicycle shop?
Keith is keen to teach others about metal detection and what's entailed. If you'd like to learn more, please contact us and we'll put you in touch.

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