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Sollydog1
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27 November 2018 12:42 pm

Hi all,

I'm only new to this forum. I found this really old clasp when I was visiting my dad down in Tassie last week using my Minelab safari1543282851_img_0729.jpg.

On it are the words "The Plimsoll Clasp".

Any ideas about where and what the history of it is please.

Regards,

Speedy

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Wally69
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27 November 2018 01:43 pm

Welcome to the forum Speedy

Can I correct you, it is a “really cool old clasp” cool

Looks like it could be off a merchant ship officers sword belt end or cloak clasp to me, any chance of flipping it obver and taking another photo.

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Wally69
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27 November 2018 01:57 pm

It is most likely to have been associated with a shipping safety message. Samual Plimsoll spearheaded the bill to legislate the marking of a safe loading water line on merchant ships, having spent some time as a coal merchant.

Today the red line we see on ships is called the plimsoll line.

The bill was passed in 1876, so the buckle was probably manufactured a couple of years after that, when the political momentum associated with the bill was still active.

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grubstake
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27 November 2018 03:44 pm

Wally69 wrote:

It is most likely to have been associated with a shipping safety message. Samual Plimsoll spearheaded the bill to legislate the marking of a safe loading water line on merchant ships, having spent some time as a coal merchant.
Today the red line we see on ships is called the plimsoll line.

You may be thinking of the border between the red anti-fouling paint and the hull colour. The Plimsoll line is usually white:
https://tinyurl.com/ya994jlj


Where it is, there it is.

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Trash
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27 November 2018 07:05 pm

Is it possible to put up a photo of the other side pls..?


Gpx 5000 ( sold ) Sov. GT ( Sold ) Ctx 3030 still have , 7000

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ChrisD
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27 November 2018 07:42 pm

Plimsoll was also a type of shoe, this is from good old Wikipedia -

‘The shoe was originally, and often still is in parts of the United Kingdom, called a "sand shoe" and acquired the nickname "plimsoll" in the 1870s.”

Possibly this clasp was from a shoe of that era??

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Sollydog1
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28 November 2018 09:22 am

Here is a photo of the other side of the clasp. I think its from the 1870's. 1543357282_img_0730.jpg

That same day I found over 50 silver and copper coins, one was from the 1850's. I also found a medal from Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1887. It looks like a cross with all her mile stones through her life.

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Sollydog1
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28 November 2018 02:31 pm

Hi all,

here is some more stuff that is really cool.

The snake on the buckle is awesome. the smaller clasp ???1543375697_img_0733.jpg
1543375698_img_0732.jpg

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ChrisD
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28 November 2018 03:23 pm

You’re onto a ripper of a site there. The cricket buckle is a design I’ve not seen before. What size is the Plimsoll clasp? Bigger or smaller than the cricket buckle?

#10

Sollydog1
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28 November 2018 04:35 pm

The plimsoll clasp is twice as big as the cricket clasp. There is still clothing material behind the clip on the plimsoll clasp.

Are these clasps made of brass or bronze ?

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Sandta
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28 November 2018 06:55 pm

Have a look through the book... you may get lucky
If its not in there , it soon will be
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwENP4 … J1N1U/view

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Sollydog1
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28 November 2018 07:43 pm

Thanks for the info, the book is very interesting.


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