Eight months ago Brian Meilak of Canberra in Australia decided to collect, from various sources, information on cricket buckles and create a book for himself.
As you can imagine, the compilation has consumed a lot of his time, and meant many late nights. The first volume, a whopping 664 pages showing a total of 442 cricket buckles, is a fantastic resource that can be seen HERE.
Brian reminds us that his online (free) book wouldn’t have been possible without the help of fellow detectorists posting pictures of their amazing finds … and he thanks everyone of you!
And now he’s working on the second volume, due out early next year, and asking for contributions from UK Detectorists. The cricket buckle isn’t a common find in the UK, but I did find a couple of clasps on the UKDFD.
The UKDFD example shows an oval stamped sheet-metal belt clasp. The clasp depicts a shooting scene on the left, a fishing scene on the right, and a cricket bat, ball and wickets in the centre. The loop for attachment to the belt is missing, but the two points at which it was soldered are evident on the back of the clasp. The soldered clasp hook survives.
If you have found a cricket buckle, and would like to contribute to the building of this picture-book, Brian will be happy to receive any photos at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to send pictures, please consider the following:
Please send clear pictures of front and back
Include buckle dimensions
Are there any English registry marks? Can you please send a photo of that as well? Can you read the registry date (See 2.3 English Registry Mark)? Can you send the date as well, as some times the registry mark cannot be read correctly from photos and can only be read in good light with a jeweller’s loupe.
Are there any words or phrases on the buckle (front or back) that are difficult to read? Can you send the wording as well, as some times the words cannot be read correctly from photos and can only be read in good light with a jeweller’s loupe.
Do you know the history of the cricket buckle? Do you have a reference? Can you please send that as well?
In his introduction to the book, Brian writes:
A Cricket buckle is an item that would be on most detectorist’s wish list. What amazes me is the variety of patterns and shapes that have been found. Some are pure works of art. I’ve been fortunate to walk across a few, and that has spurred my interest in them.