MEMORABILIA: Club acquires 104-year-old medals as part of BCC rider’s ‘standards’ collection

The club has just acquired four medals, the earliest dating from 1914. Awarded to GT Bernard for his efforts for 25miles, 50miles and 12 Hours they are the oldest club medals I’ve managed to get my hands on since this project started.

All are silver marked, with the anchor identifying them as made in Birmingham. The maker’s mark on 3 of the 4 – the other is not identifiable but we can be pretty confident in saying its the same maker – is J.A.R., this being JA Restall & Co based at 82A Cambridge Street in Birmingham (sadly the business closed in 1936 and the premises are no longer standing).

The 1882 Liverpool Cycling Exhibition promotes the company as specialising in ‘Prizes for athletic sports’.

I cannot find any information on the winner GT Bernard (as yet).

It’s worth noting that the makers and style of medal are different to club medals we’ve found in the past. We have assumed this is the same Balham CC as ours but have no conclusive proof. It’s either a different BCC or the medal design changed in the 20s and 30s!

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Medals are as follows:

1914 G Bernard 50 Mile Standard Medal 2hrs 35mins 12secs

Silver mark – faded not identifiable

Maker’s mark – J.A.R.

 

1914 GT Bernard 12hrs Standard Medal 172 ¼ miles

Silver mark – Anchor/Lion/?

Maker’s mark – J.A.R.

 

1920 GT Bernard 25 Mile Standard Time Medal 1hr 11mins 13secs

Silver mark – Anchor/Lion/?

Maker’s mark – faded but looks like J.A.R.

 

1921 G Bernard 50 Mile Standard Time Medal 2hrs 34mins 8secs

Silver mark – Anchor/Lion/W

Maker’s mark – J.A.R.


Your Help

Do you have any information that could lead us to GT Bernard? Have you or any family members got any club memorabilia from the Balham years? Email me at balhamcyclingclub@btinternet.com or drop me a line in the comments box. I would love to hear from you.


Sources

Restall & Co and James Restall

Graces Guide

Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain & Ireland 1851-151

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