A keen metal detectorist from Staple Hill has stumbled upon a box of antique jewellery, unearthed during a farmland search.

David Upton, 72, uncovered the small box, filled to the brim with gold and silver jewellery and a range of precious and semi-precious stones, whilst sweeping a field last week.

David, who has been metal detecting for more than 50 years, has learnt to keep the location of his finds a closely-guarded secret, but did reveal that the unassuming box was found on farmland somewhere near Frenchay.

The box was locked firmly shut, and so David had to wait until he arrived home to prise open the lid. Once inside, he was amazed by what he had found – dozens of individual pieces of jewellery, including gold and silver pieces such as rings, earrings, brooches, and pendants, and a large number of loose stones.

David said: “Once I finally got it open I was very surprised – I have found a lot of different objects in my time but nothing quite like this.

“It was a bit like stumbling upon treasure, tucked away in this very plain box.

“I can’t imagine who would have left it there buried in the field, and I don’t suppose I’ll ever find out why.”

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