History hopes for rare find

Skellow’s answer to Indiana Jones believes he has found a rare medieval religious artefact while out metal detecting with his brother.

A painter and decorator by day, Brian Sables, 55, said a gold cross his older brother David had found in a farm field in Skellow, could end up in Doncaster Museum.

Metal Detectorists  Bryan and David Sables of Skellow.   (Buy this photo D1505TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Metal Detectorists Bryan and David Sables of Skellow. (Buy this photo D1505TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

In the past the intrepid Brian “Indy” Sables has uncovered a £28,000 Roman silver horde in 1996 and years later a £3,500 coin from the reign of the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada, now both in Doncaster Museum.

He said he believed his recent find weighed about one ounce, could be 15th century, and had Latin transcript on the side which translated as ‘With this we shall conquer’. In addition there was an engraving of Mary and the baby Jesus and a skull and cross bones engraved at the bottom in black enamel, which he believed signified the warding off of evil spirits or the bubonic plague. It was also hollow inside and carried a piece of wooden cross or bone.

He added: “This was almost discarded. I’m glad it wasn’t. I would like to know what it is.” A spokesman for Doncaster Council said the museum would be unable to comment on any find.