Teeth

A metal detectorist who dug up a 200-year-old set of false teeth while out metal detecting says he hopes the find will be his claim to fame when they go under the hammer in Derbyshire this month.

Peter Cross has found numerous objects during his 40 years of metal detecting but says the ancient set of upper dentures, made out of gold and hippo ivory, is his most interesting find to date.

The teeth will go up for auction at Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers on November 25 with an estimate of £3,000-£7,000.

Peter Cross thought the false teeth were sheep’s teeth when he found them. He said, “I found them in March (2019) in a field near Waterstock Mill in oxfordshire. I found them on a track across the river in neighbouring Buckinghamshire.” The teeth will go under the hammer at Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers on November 25 with an estimate of £3,000-£7,000 Credit: Hansons Auctioneers