Metal Detecting Norðmannaland

All finds treated with equal dignity, whether they be 1800s bag seals, or iron age brooches.

This fragment is probably from the Viking Age, and it has a shape on the back that may indicate that it is a brooch. Ornamentation is proposed to be a falconer which holds his bird, or Thor and the Midgard serpent. Approx 25 mm x 18 mm. Found in Heradsbygd, Hedmark.

Button from the late 1800s or early 1900s, and a newspaper ad for yarn and underwear made of dog wool, which according to Cathrinus Pay, counteracts rheumatism. Where can you get such a miraculous underwear today? Found in Oslo. Diameter aprox. 16 mm.

This medallion, found in Ringsaker, has a rather interesting story. It originates from the time of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. The war was in many ways a culmination of France and Prussias vying for the influence over many of the western german minor states, Prussia on one hand seeking to unite all of germany into a single state, France on the other seeking to maintain their hegemony, and unrivaled position as the powerhouse, of Continental Europe.

The 19. of september, Paris was besieged by the Prussians, and to retain it’s comminucation with non-occupied France and the outside world in general, the French began employing hot air balloons (as well as homeing pigeons) carrying mail. To the end of the war, 66 manned balloon flights were launched from Paris. The Balloon “Ville d’Orleans”, while only meant to fly a novel distance outside paris, carrying among other things important information to the Minister of War Léon Gambetta, was caught up in a storm that would lead them on what would be the longest balloon flight on record. In the end, it touched ground in a remote mountainous region fo Lifjell in Norway, and the crew barely managed to leap out before the balloon was blown further inland, finally crashing at by a croft alongside Krøderen lake. The balloonists, Rolier and Bezier was celebrated as heroes in Norway, and 35 000 commemorative medals were made out the metal from the balloon by goldsmith Tostrup in the capital of Oslo (at that time known as Christiania). The proceeds would go to wounded French soldiers. This is one of these medals.

The war would eventually end in 1871 in the capitulation of France, with the cession of Alasace-Lorraine, and more importantly the dissolution of the French Empire and the establishment of the German Empire.