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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

Just to let you know that i have received the Sabre today and it looks great and nothing was damaged in transit. It has been a pleasure doing business with you and the descriptions on your web site perfectly match the condition of the item and i look forward to doing business with you in the future.

D E, UK, 20.01.2017

[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

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