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Embroidered badge - Robert Mackay 1884
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Embroidered badge - Robert Mackay 1884

Embroidered raised badge in the shape of a shield, on a backing of black felt, hessian or similar, and paper. The shield has a smaller shield inside with a St George's cross (red velvet on white felt). The area around the inner shield is dark purple velvet. The outlines of the cross and of the inner and outer shields are worked in metal thread. The date 1884 is worked in the same thread above the inner shield. The significance of this badge is unknown. It is not on the list of items originally bequeathed to the council by Robert Mackay.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
Comments:
This badge is awarded to competitors with the top 25 scores in the final of the St.George's Competition, then at Wimbledon and after 1900 at Bisley. The St.Georges ranks second after HM The Queens/ Kings Prize in individual competition. It currently is a three stage competition. First stage at 300 yds with the top 300 scores going through to the second stage at 600yds. The top 100 shot the final at 900 yds. The winner of each stage is awarded a bronze and enamel cross for the first stage. Silver and enamel for the second and gold and enamel for the final, each cross has a raised figure of St George and the Dragon. The badges are awarded to the top 25 with the year date.

In recent years all 100 in the final get a badge but an additional gold border marks the top 25. The winner holds a large silver trophy of St.George and the Dragon for the year. In earlier times they also received a "dragon" cup which they retained. These do appear on the market from time to time.

Many thanks for your very interesting comment and additional information - Administrator
Added by N.JLeaper on 10 June 2013
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