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Offline bruce61813

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Mudlark find from the Thames
« on: September 02, 2019, 09:49:07 PM »
I am trying to help someone in the UK Mudlarking group. This was a recent find while searching. Any ideas. Appears to be bronze, probably Dutch. No idea about the reverse.


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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 10:08:19 PM »
Uniform button (1880) of the Hollandsche Spoorweg Maatschappij (HSM - Dutch Railroad Company.)

I wonder how it got there.

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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 03:34:30 AM »
I have not got a clue, but it has been there awhile. WWI maybe?

Thanks, Peter

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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 09:41:19 AM »
The Netherlands was neutral in the first world war. There was some happy smuggling going on, but uniformed staff of HSM are unlikely participants. My first thought was exploring the possibility of a mixed boat/train line from Amsterdam to London. They already had one from Amsterdam to the North of the Netherlands across Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer). However, uniformed staff on such a mission again seems unlikely.

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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 01:56:56 PM »
Interesting thoughts, but yours is the most probable. I have passed on the information, thank you!

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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 08:48:16 PM »
A more mundane solution just came to me. A British passenger on a Dutch train found it lying around. He kept it as a souvenir or lucky piece and lost it back home.

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Re: Mudlark find from the Thames
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 04:09:19 AM »
I like the early possibilities better.

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