Not just another cricket buckle


By NSC

A sudden knee injury had caused me to miss some prime time detecting time and though winter was fast approaching, I was itching to get back into it after the operation and rehab period. I took a short drive to my favourite detecting location – the site of an early country inn. The bulldozers hadn’t left anything visible on the surface but beneath the area’s mineralised soil surface was a veritable minefield of Victorian-era building materials, much of which was slowly rusting away. I chose my Minelab E-Trac as it easily coped with the soil conditions and was also clever enough to single out the treasures in amongst all that rusty trash.

I fired up ET, put her into 2-Tone Ferrous and noise cancelled, cranked the Sensitivity all the way up to 27 and was away. Pretty soon I was happily digging the better signals and having a ball. One find in particular gave me a thrill as it was an old cricket belt buckle. It was only my second cricket buckle ever, my first having also been unearthed at this particular site. Other things of interest that morning were tiny brass percussion caps, an 1879 Queen Victoria penny, an 1880s military button and an old Martini/Henry rifle cartridge shell.


Back home I washed off the finds and after it was cleaned, the old cricket buckle looked decidedly different from others I had seen. This buckle featured the cut out figures of a cricket team and the words ‘Our Eleven’ but unfortunately it had gone a round or two with a bulldozer and lost. Two of the cricketers were headless and one cricketer was missing on the right hand side. I put it with my other cricket buckle in my metal detecting finds display case and forgot all about for more than a year.

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