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Help identifying cast plate

Discussion in 'Railwayana' started by Vendepac, Mar 23, 2022.

  1. Vendepac

    Vendepac New Member

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    Acquired this plate recently. Was sold as LNW but embossed lettering says INWR Co. Any help identifying would be appreciated..
     

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    5944 Resident of Nat Pres

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    I'd say that was more NWR Co. 1849. North Western Railway perhaps? 1846-71 until taken over by the Midland Railway. What it is, no idea!
     
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    I think you could be right. The fixing holes positions would back up your theory.
     
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    The reply was to 5944's post.
     
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    Greenway Part of the furniture

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    It is reminiscent of a wagon plate.
     
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    How big is it?
     
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    I'm interested in the circular wear pattern in the centre. Makes me wonder if it might have been a load distribution plate for one end of a brickwork restraint rod.
     
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    Dimensions are 5 1/4 inches (132 mm) diameter
     
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    Given what we now know about the size I would think that it is a bit small for that usage, and also most masonry tie plates only have one hole (in the middle). Could it be a similar load distribution "washer" used for a metal bracing rod on a timber frame (either building or something like a wagon or coach frame)? But then why the embossed lettering? It would seem a bit excessive for something used time and time again quite possibly on the same building or vehicle when a simple flat piece of metal would do.
    I wondered if it was some mark of ownership, either on a vehicle that could be moved from one railway to another, or a boundary marker. But then why the big centre hole, and anyway why four apparent fixing holes on something that size? And as noted above there is evidence of a wear pattern in the centre.

    Curious.

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    Found this item in the Midland Railway Study Centre website. Identity revealed.!!! Now to discover if it has any value.
     
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    Now all makes sense! Curiosity satisfied.

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