Badge from river Thames

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Badge from river Thames

Post by andiron »

Got my Thames river permit and after few searches must admit the place is full of junk, sometimes it feels like listening to Jazz when walking with metal detector, and as others mentioned, all the good items there have been already picked up so it's easier to find a mobile phone (found x3) then a coin (found 1p from 2017 and 2p from 1973 :) ).

Anyway, apart from the above, found this brass looking badge that appears quite interesting, it's very thin, wonder if it's something more interesting than a cheap "made in china" badge:



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Re: Badge from river Thames

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A modern, pressed, strap/belt clasp.

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Re: Badge from river Thames

Post by targets »

40+ years of digs and searches have pretty much cleared it out ,altho you may find the odd item ..the days of finding pilgrim badges on the surface are long gone but you could find army badges
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Re: Badge from river Thames

Post by pengles »

I worked on boats on the Thames for 18 yrs up until 2012 and with my interest in history was always vigilant. The 'mudlarks', on a low spring tide dug holes so deep you could just see the shovel coming up and down out of the top of the hole. They still find stuff, but the foreshore is so full of rubbish that in general you really have to dig deep for it. That's not to say that every now and then an 'eyes only' find doesn't turn up. I knew an American chap who came over every year to look for clay pipe bowls. The foreshore at Wapping is full of them, The trick is finding the really ornate ones. In my 'down' time I wandered the foreshore a lot. Oyster shells, maybe from Roman times, bits of dead coral that sailors had dropped having carried them from the other side of the world and so much more. The tide in Central London can run at 5 knots through the bridges, That equates to a really good scour of the foreshore twice a day.
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