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Title Eton 4th June 'Boats' hat ribbons & badges
Nationality British
Period c 1880
Price £250.00

These badges and boater ribbons belonged to Gerald W E Loder, who was at Eton 1875-81. Later Conservative MP for Brighton 1889-1906, he qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1888. He was a lord commissioner of the Treasury in 1905; JP & Deputy Lt for Sussex, Vice-Chairman of Sussex TA association; Deputy Chairman of Southern Railway Co.

He was the owner of Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Sussex, now an outstation of Kew Gardens.

The 4th June has been celebrated annually at Eton since the 18th century, as the birthday of King George III. From the mid-19th century, this occasion always finished off with a parade of boats and a splendid fireworks display. These badges and ribbons would have been worn on straw boaters for this event by the various crews of the old clinker-built rowing eights. The whole collection is preserved in a rather battered Fortnum & Mason card box. The silk ribbons are all hand painted and rather frail and distressed in parts.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Ephemera : Miscellaneous : British : 19th Century]

testimonials

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Thanks, we are very pleased with the medal... this is just the job.

C S, UK, 06.11.2010

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