Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Salvage Diver Recovers Golden Grooming Tool

It's interesting to think that human grooming tools have evolved from this, into toothpicks and Q-tips!

The crew of the historic shipwreck search and recovery vessel Blue Water Rose pulled into port Sunday with an extraordinary discovery – a solid gold early 17th Century grooming tool consisting of both toothpick and earwax scoop.

The ornate artifact, which resembles a scimitar and measures about 3 inches long, was discovered at a depth of 22 feet by crew diver Chris Rackley. Both functional and ornamental, it would have been worn on a golden chain by a high ranking person.

"What a way to start the new season!" exclaimed Keith Webb, President and CEO of Blue Water Ventures Key West (BWVKW). "The Captain and crew worked hard through the winter to prepare the vessels for this season and the area we are now searching is the most northern that gold has been found. Excitement is particularly intense because we ended last season on such a high note, with the discovery of gold bars and chains, some exceedingly rare silver coins, and a lead box containing 16,184 pearls valuing approximately $12 million."

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