AMERICAN CLASS RING
There was a recent story in the media – and one we are all familiar with – about a detectorist who was ‘on a mission’ to reunite a unique ring with its owner after he recovered it from a local field. He thought whoever lost it would be grateful for the safe return.
We tend to assume that the return of such a find will be welcomed by the true owner, but this isn’t always the case as I related in a 2007 article when I told the story about a ring found in the UK being reunited with the American giver. He wasn’t very happy to be reunited with the ring for it brought back memories of a bad relationship that he had been trying to forget. Not only that – he had married another lady and was very happy.
LOST ‘BARBEQUE’ RING
Then there was the case of a returned ring , the owner being pleased, but wanted to keep it secret. It happened like this . . .
I was asked if I could find a ring lost in a field during a large village barbecue. Evidently, a lady had emerged from the Portaloo flapping her hands to dry (like they do) and realised that her ring was missing only when arriving home. Although they did an ‘eye’s only’ search soon afterwards, there was nothing to be found.
FOUR YEARS LATER
Seeing his wife’s disappointment at losing the wedding ring, her husband had soon bought her another. He also claimed on insurance and recovered the full cost. In addition, the original lost ring had been found and returned by moi. I was beginning to realise why the couple didn’t want the cheap publicity in the local rag!
There were many occasions when we were asked to find missing pieces of sentimental value. Mrs John was approached by George, a neighbour.
He had lost his wedding ring whilst cutting the grass and was distraught. His wife had died some months earlier and he was very emotional.
George’s garden was only a small plot but in many ways proved a bit of a challenge, being enclosed by a wire fence – rain and piles of rubbish didn’t help either but Lynda produced the goods. The ring was a little mangled but eventually restored to its former glory by a local jeweller and at no charge. George was pleased!
SO – COULD THAT RING YOU FOUND, SPENT AGES CHECKING FOR OWNERSHIP – WAS IT GRATEFULLY RECEIVED … OR NOT?