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Title Welsh harpist's badge, unmarked silver
Nationality British
Period c 1720
Price £250.00

This interesting badge is a lost wax casting which has had the strings of the harp and the Welsh motto ('RHYDD-DID SADWEDD CYFF.LLGARWCH') engraved. The style of construction would suggest some royal appointment, as the use of the royal crown (in this case the shape is Hanoverian) was fairly carefully guarded at this period.

Some 20 years ago, I had a King's Messenger badge from the early years of George II, with reverse fittings virtually identical to this item. The lost wax casting method was in use from the Renaissance onwards in goldsmith circles.

It is just under 6cm (2 & 3/8 inches) high and the condition for the age of the piece is pretty good. There are residual traces of original gilt finish here and there.

Rhyddid = freedom; cyfeillgarwch = friendship. Beyond that, I would be delighted if anyone has any ideas as to the translation of the Welsh and what this badge is.

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


[Militaria : Badges : British : 18th Century]

testimonials

Today Iíve received your parcel in good order. Iím vey happy with [t]his piece.

C A, Netherlands, 15.07.2013

Chris, the knot arrived safely today. It is beautiful ? and the only Honved knot I have. Thanks for selling this item!

J F, USA, 06.04.2013

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