GuidesMagazineShopBuy FossilsJoin Hunts
MattFossil
I have now!
Quote 0 0
MattFossil
Hi all,

I just thought I'd share this little nautilus that I found at Seatown, near Golden Cap, Dorset.

Nothing special really and certainly not as pretty as the Madagascan nautili you see for sale but I like it because I found it!



Cheers,

Matt
Quote 0 0
aurelius
Very nice! I assume you polished it? I ask because I have a very similar one, found amongst the shingle by the Sheer Cliffs of Certain Death.
Quote 0 0
MattFossil
Nice sounding location!

Yes I have it a quick (20 minute) rub down with some progressively finer wet and dry paper and then a 2 minute buff with beeswax. I'm sure I could have got it shinier with a bit more effort.

This is what it looked like when I found it:



Cheers,

Matt
Quote 0 0
aurelius
Wonderful, your 'before' picture looks exactly how mine looks now. I assume they must be from the same beds.

I was always planning to polish mine, and your example gives me good movitation to go for it.
Quote 0 0
MattFossil
I've never found one at Golden Cap before but will certainly keep my eyes peeled for more. Maybe there's a nautilus rich area that's recently eroded?

Polishing is a nice easy 'prep' job that even I can do so would recommend it -unless there's any natural shell left behind, you can't really go wrong. I'm not sure why mine went from grey to brown though. It went like that before I added the polish.

Cheers,

Matt
Quote 0 0
prep01
Hi Matt & Aurelius - have you read my article on here?
Guides>Hints & Tips>Polishing Fossils?
Colin Huller
Quote 0 0
Write a reply...


Discussions on fossils, fossil hunting, rocks, locations, and identifying your finds.
(C)opyright 2019 - UKGE Ltd and UK Fossils - Contact us