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A rare find of a  bronze age rapier sword blade, approximately 3,500 years old, was donated to Torquay Museum by two members of the Newton Abbot and District Metal Detecting Club.  The rapier sword was found locally near a site which had been inhabited for a period of at least 5,000 years,  dating back from the Neolithic period to the present day.  The nearby site had been excavated in 1958 by Exeter University where a burial site containing skeletons  and artefacts were found.  


The curator of Torquay Museum was excited about the find, as rapier sword blades are extremely rare and it was an item that the museum did not possess.  The blade itself is bent and the tip is missing.  it appears that this would have been deliberate.  It is believed that a rapier sword would have been a very important and personal item. When the owner passed away the blade would have been deliberately broken, making it unusable.  The handle would have been made either from wood or bone but this would have perished over the years.


The rapier sword blade being presented to Torquay Museum

on 12th March 2014

by Eve and Colin. 



Eve and Colin said they felt very privileged and fortunate to have been lucky enough to find such an important item.





The rapier sword blade will be displayed amongst other important finds in the area.  This includes a bronze age axe head, previously donated to the museum by another member of the Newton Abbot and District Metal Detecting Club, Alan Miller.

Club T-Shirts

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Club T-Shirts

Thanks to Glenn for moving this along.

A sample embroidered logo has been produced and passed round our club members for perusal.  A few different options are available depending on your personal taste/state of mind!  As follows:-


The intricate Celtic Knot design and overall design required thousands more stitches than previously mentioned.  However, I feel it looks excellent.

I have requested he email me a sizing chart to ensure our clothing will fit on receipt of it.

Furthermore, he will use Fruit of the Loom for the Polo shirts, but use a make called Gildan for the other items. 

Fruit of the loom polo embroidered logo £14.95
Hoodies embroidered  logo £24
Sweatshirt ( hoodie without the hood) embroidered logo £18
T- Shirt Embroidered logo £10.50
T-Shirt Printed logo. £8.50
I tried a medium Polo shirt which fit perfect ( wouldn't want it any tighter),as they are a slim fit design being tapered to the body as opposed to being very baggy.
Baseball caps he will look into if enough people want them.