Seeing many of our readers find old cricket buckles on their hunts, we thought it only fitting to publish a story showcasing them.
Thanks to one of our valued readers – Mr Brian Meilak from the ACT, we’re able to bring you this segment from his book – “The Buckle Book”.
Buckles – A snapshot in Time
Whilst looking for cricket buckles found by Detectorists for “the buckle book”, I often come across buckles, whilst not cricket related, that is clearly worthy of being documented. For those buckles I find interesting, I’ve found a place for them at the back of the “the buckle book”.
Some of the impressions/designs on these buckles are clearly a snapshot of significant events in history. When we Detectorists find these buckles, it clearly makes us wonder about how that buckle came to be where it was found and where its owner came from.
During the Crimean War (1853 – 1856) the siege of Sevastopol lasted from October 1854 until September 1855. The allies (French, Sardinia, Ottoman, and British) landed at Eupatoria on 14 September 1854. They intended to make a triumphal march to Sevastopol, the capital of the Crimea, with 50,000 men. The 56 kilometres (35 mi) traverse took a year of bloody fighting against the Russians. Detectorists today continue to recover buckles depicting the Crimean War and Sebastopol.
The 2nd Opium War between China and Britain (and its allies) was from 1856 – 1860. The following buckle features a Chinese junk and an English tall ship. Clearly visible are opium poppy flowers and the words “Peace, London, Canton, China, England, Commend”
Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, became engaged to Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, daughter of Russian Emperor Alexander II on 11 July 1873. The marriage took place, at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg on 23 January 1874. The union directly united the British and Russian royal families for the first time in history.
And it’s always great to be able to match up half buckles found by Detectorists.
The International Exhibition of 1862, otherwise known as the Great London Exposition, showcased contemporary industrial technology. It also included craftsmanship, art and design from 36 countries from around the world. It was organised by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Financing came from the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Several buckles have been found depicting this event, the following one is a great example:
More great buckles and stories in my next article. For those interested in looking at “the buckle book”, you can download it FREE here https://bit.ly/thebucklebook. Please note, that due to it being too large to preview in a web browser, the book has to be downloaded manually to access and view.
I’m also very happy to receive any pictures you have of your own cricket buckle finds to help grow this free resource! ([email protected])
– Cheers Brian!