Now for something a little different!

A visitor to the website has sent us a puzzle. He has a silver medallion with the word Geddington on it, so naturally sent it to Geddington’s website to see if anyone can identify it.

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Actually, it might not be Geddington as only the letters GEDD  are shown, but it’s worth asking the village .

There are two images – front and back (or to be numismatically correct – obverse and reverse) and as you can see, it is not much bigger than a 20p piece. The engraved letters read, from the top:

USHER
(it might have another letter in front, but it is worn at that point,
B’HAM
WINNERS
GEDD & D.V.C.L.
1930

At the bottom, the engraving is: C.U. followed by an assay mark – the middle mark is a Lion, denoting silver, but the other two marks are illegible.

The obverse side shows a copper-coloured shield, surrounded by a belt and buckle, topped with a crown.

It’s been mounted on a key-ring, although it is not known if this was the original idea.

If you have any information, please get in touch with us via our email, which is: editor@geddington.net, and I’ll pass the information on to our enquirer.

 

    7 Comments

    1. David Brown

      Fri 20th Jan 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Usher B’ham is the makers mark, if they are still in existence they may have records. To me it could be “Geddington and District……..”? Worth a few hours on the net over the weekend, I’ll talk to my father who was village born and bred in the 30’s

      David Brown

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    2. David Brown

      Fri 20th Jan 2017 at 9:17 pm

      And here is the ‘CU’ next to the hallmarks
      C.U without contour or into a rectangle
      Reuben Percival Usher trading as The Usher Manufacturing Co,
      manufacturing jewellers and silversmiths, Vittoria Works, 32/34 Vittoria Street, Birmingham

      David Brown

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    3. David Brown

      Fri 20th Jan 2017 at 9:38 pm

      The hallmark on the left should be an anchor (Birmingham) and on the right appears to be ‘E’ which is 1929-1930

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    4. Hazel

      Fri 20th Jan 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Having looked online it would seem that the silver is by Charles Usher of Birmingham. Is the third letter of D V C L a ‘C’ or another letter?

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      • Pam

        Fri 20th Jan 2017 at 11:07 pm

        Wow! Thanks for all your responses, I’ll certainly pass them on.
        Pam

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    5. Melvyn Hopkins

      Fri 27th Jan 2017 at 9:30 am

      I think that GEDD & D.V.C.L. could be Geddington & District Village Cricket League

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    6. Melvyn Hopkins

      Sat 28th Jan 2017 at 11:11 am

      I am now certain that this medal was given to players of the winning team of the Geddington & District Village Cricket League. Geddington players all received medals when they won the League in 1934 but I don’t know who won in 1930

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