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Post by silverbug on August 26th 2019, 11:57 am

Hi,
I picked up this badge yesterday and bought it simply because it seemed well made and had a good weight to it , as well as being attractive!
The seller seemed to think it was a regimental badge and  I had no reason to doubt him.
Now that I’ve had a chance to research it on the internet I really haven’t found out any more about it!
The motto “Quaesitum  meritis” seems to have links with the hunting fraternity rather than with the military but that’s as far as I’ve got!
I’m rather surprised that I’ve found out so little about the badge, it seems really well cast and despite no markings on it I think it is silver....
Can anyone shed any light on this little badge please ?
Thanks!
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on August 26th 2019, 12:44 pm

Pity it's not hallmarked if it's silver. Would have given a date. Fox hunting pins are a thing and the Victorians loved their badges. As it's silver I would have thought = Victorian. C20th would have more likely been enamel.

Is that a swan ?

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Post by silverbug on August 26th 2019, 3:28 pm

Thanks for the info, you’ve given me food for thought!
Yes it looks like a swan with a crown half way down its neck and also a spiral of what I imagine is meant to be rope wrapped around the body ?
It’s a handsome piece and seems well made, which is why I’m quite puzzled that it seems so difficult to identify!
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 11th 2019, 10:18 pm

Hello silverbug, I'm a little late to the party but can solve your mystery. What you have is a pin from the Tarporley Hunt Club, Lancashire, Britain's oldest hunt club and still extant, albeit as a dining club only these days. The club has met since its earliest days at the Swan Hotel, Tarporley.
The Latin motto translates as 'the search for rewards'.
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Post by denbydump on November 11th 2019, 10:21 pm

Hmmm Tarporley is in Cheshire isn't it?
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 11th 2019, 10:52 pm

Geography was never my strong point.
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 11th 2019, 11:02 pm

An image search for 'Tarporley Hunt Club' should bring up some images of the book 'The Green Jackets', a history of the club and Cheshire hunting in general. The club motif appears on the rear of the dustcover.
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Post by silverbug on November 12th 2019, 2:19 am

Fantastic , thanks for the information!
I hadn’t managed to find out anything more since August , that’s solved the mystery totally, and yes having viewed the back cover of the book you mention the motif is indeed the same as on my badge!
Thanks again!
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 12th 2019, 4:04 pm

My.pleasure, silverbug.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on November 12th 2019, 8:08 pm

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