MEMORABILIA: Balham Cycling Club Pin Badge from the 1920s

The club has just purchased this gorgeous Balham CC pin badge. It was manufactured by D George Collins Ltd, the goldsmith, silversmith, cutler, medallist and badge maker based at 118 Newgate Street, London with works in Sheffield and Birmingham.

It’s thought it was made in the 1920s. A review of old cycling club literature and club websites suggests the wheel spoke badge design was more prevalent during this period. The font also gives us a clue to its age. Of the most popular older fonts News Gothic (the one in the Star Wars intro) or Gill Sans look the best match. If the font is News Gothic it’s after 1908, if it’s Gill Sans then it’s at least 1926.

From top left clockwise: Advert from March 1904; entry in 1914 edition of Who’s Who In Business; advert from February 1913 and below, advert from 1938

Im1938CSMA-Collins


Your Help

Have you or any family members got any photos or club memorabilia from the Balham years? Can you shed any further light on when this pin badge was made? Email me at balhamcyclingclub@btinternet.com or drop me a line in the comments box. I would love to hear from you.


Sources

This bloggers personal collection of BCC memorabilia

Information and images on D George Collins Ltd from Grace’s Guide

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