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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]

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I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

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