History of the Metal Detector Part 3


Have you ever wondered what metal detecting is all about? In this blog, we will take a journey through the history of metal detecting. Metal detecting was first used in the early 19th century. There have been many changes in metal detecting from the start of it all. We will look at some of the history including the invention, the present state of the metal detector and some of the history of metal detecting in the UK.


Metal detecting is a hobby that a lot of different people enjoy. It is one of those things that for some people is a hobby and for others is a way of life. There is a lot of history to metal detecting and it’s not just about finding treasure. Metal detecting has been around for centuries. The earliest known metal detector was created in 1854. In 1869, the first metal detector patent was filed by a man named William James Lonsdale. In the 1870s, metal detecting became a popular pastime. At the start of the 20th century, metal detecting was used in the hunt for buried treasure. Now, metal detecting is used in a lot of different ways including prospecting, coin shooting, treasure hunting, and locating bombs.

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Mine Detecting

Mine Detecting

The history of metal detecting typically starts in the 1800s. It was during this period that the use of metal detectors started to be used to locate objects of value. In the 1800s, the use of metal detectors was not common and most people used this type of device for treasure hunting. They typically looked for coins and valuables. However, during the 1900s, the use of metal detectors started to spread when World War I broke out. The use of metal detectors increased during World War II as people used them in order to locate unexploded bombs. The use of metal detectors continued to spread during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the 1930s and 1940s, the use of metal detectors increased in order to locate gold that was still buried underground. During the 1950s, the discovery of lead began to be used and became a valuable resource. The 1800s was the earliest period in which the use of metal detectors became popular.

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BFO metal detector is a basic metal detector that is easy to use and has a lightweight design, it comes with a rechargeable battery and is a versatile device that can be used for treasure hunting and general metal detecting where small objects are close to the surface. In the early 1970s, metal detectors were introduced to the market. At the time, they were mainly used for treasure hunting, nowadays, metal detectors are used for a number of purposes, such as walk through security metal detection located in airports, prisons, large events. They are also used regularly for detecting on construction sites, and within archaeological sites.

BFO metal detector
VLF metal detector


The first VLF metal detector was built by William Brown. He created the VLF detector in the early 1900s. This detector was built to find metals, specifically gold. VLF metal detectors were able to detect low-frequency radio waves. This was the first metal detector to use a transmitter and receiver, which are still used today. The first VLF metal detector was able to find metals, including gold at a depth of 30 to 100 feet.

Long Range Metal Detector

In 1970, Gilberto Valle invented the first Long Range metal detector. This detector is able to detect metal objects from a distance of 50 feet. Some say this was the start of metal detecting. In the mid 1970’s, a new type of metal detector was introduced. It was made to detect metal as far as 1,000 yards. It was called the Long Range metal detector. The Long Range metal detector was originally  made to be used in the harshest conditions. It was one of the first metal detectors to have a handle that was easy to operate. It was also one of the first metal detectors to have the popular trigger style mechanism.


Long Range Metal Detector

We hope you have enjoyed our article on the history of metal detecting. Metal detectors have been around since the 1800s, but they have evolved in a very interesting way. These machines, as well as their uses, have changed a great deal over time, so if you would like to know more about metal detectors, please contact us anytime! We would love to hear from you! If you would like to check out some of our metal detectors, please visit our website at