• Metal detecting holidays in England with the World's most successful metal detecting club.

    Twinned with Midwest Historical Research Society USA

  • Toys

    See also Toy Cannons

    Toy cannons and petronels are on separate page


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    Dice have been used since before recorded history, and it is uncertain where they originated. The oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City

    16th/17thC handmade copper dice - 7mm sq

    Roman 1st to 4thC lead dice

    Medieval dice

    Petwer dice
    Great eyeball find, early bone dice 16th/17thC handmade copper dice
    Dice game


    Dominoes are believed to have originated in China (see Chinese Dominoes) in the 12th century, though Egyptian or Arabian origins are also theorized. Dominoes appeared in Italy in the early eighteenth century, and spread to the rest of Europe throughout the remainder of the 1700's, becoming one of the most popular games in both family parlors and pubs alike.
    Georgian copper alloy domino 13.03mm L Georgian Miniture copper alloy domino 13.03mm L

    Georgian domino


    Marbles - clay and glass


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    A dreidel (Yiddish: דרײדל dreydl, Hebrew: סביבוןSevivon) is a four-sided top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The dreidel is used for a gambling game similar to Teetotum. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for "נס גדול היה שם" (Nes Gadol Haya Sham – "a great miracle happened there"). These letters also form a mnemonic for the rules of a gambling game played with a dreidel: Nun stands for the Yiddish word nit ("nothing"), Hei stands for halb ("half"), Gimel for gants ("all"), and Shin for shteln ("put"). In the state of Israel, the fourth side of most dreidels is inscribed with the letter פ (Pei), rendering the acronym, נס גדול היה פה, Nes Gadol Haya Po—"A great miracle happened here" referring to the fact that the miracle occurred in the land of Israel

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    Toy pistol

    Toy flint lock

    Toy Tops