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Victorian silver Druid badge

£ 320

Reference
2517
Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Width
3 cm (1 1/4")
Striking and attractive Victorian silver Druid presentation badge. Not hallmarked but of good weight. Applied onto the centre of the front of the badge(with rivets on the back) is the form of a sage or Druid holding a crook-end staff in the left hand and the Druid shield with three trees in the right, surrounded by a wreath of leaves joined with a bow at the bast and with an angel flying above, blowing a trumpet. The outside edge of the badge is decorated with a double border, the applied inner border simulating a rope. Between the borders and the central decoration is engraved Bro,r P. A. R. A. Bn,, Osmand. by Lodges 247. & 401. A.O.D. On the reverse of the badge there is a suspension hook at the top and a brooch attachment in the centre. The silver rivets and nail ends are visible. The reverse is engraved Presented as a token of/ their esteem, & appreciation/of services rendered to/ DRUIDISM, / in/ TUNBRIDGE WELLS/ July 8th 1869

Druidism is an extremely ancient order with strong Celtic links. In the early nineteenth century, it found its way to America and from there to Germany. In the UK after 1833, Druidism polarised into a charitable Fraternal Society, similar in some ways to the Masons and the Odd Fellows.

Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Width
3 cm (1 1/4")
Year
c 1869
Medium
Silver
Origin
United Kingdom
Condition
Extremely fine. Excellent definition and clear engraving