It’s amazing what people can find while out walking their dogs.

Probably the most famous find of all was Pickles the dog who unearthed the Jules Rimet World Cup after it was stolen from an exhibition at Westminster Central Hall in March 1966 but it was sniffed out under a garden hedge by Pickles in South Norwood, south London. The thief was never caught.

OK, perhaps not quite so dramatic but Examiner reader Julius Baracskay found this old bottle stopper while walking his dog in Bluebell Hill woods in Newsome.

“My eye caught sight of an unusual shape on the path,” he said. “I picked it up and took it home to clean. It is a bottle stopper and at the top is imprinted B Shaw & Sons on both sides. Below that is a large S. I think it is made of bakelite . It has a large thread to screw it to a bottle and has what looks like a cork band which is now hard and partially perished.

“There appears to be a small S on the one side at the joint. I was told that the area I had found it on was where bottles were dumped 60 years ago.”

Clearly it’s from an old Ben Shaws bottle but can readers tell us more about how it came to be there? Were those woods a former tip and where are other long-forgotten tips where fascinating objects from our past could be dumped?

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