Battledore Shuttlecock.

Written by Geoff Hinder

Photo: – Geoff Hinder.

National Badminton Museum has recently acquired a 1840s battledore shuttlecock.

The shuttlecock has a brown velvet base with a wool trim and 31 goose feathers. It has a diameter 110 mm x 130 mm high, which is about twice as big as a modern shuttle. The shuttlecock weighs 49.43 grams, which is about 10 times heavier than a modern shuttle. In the inside of the base it is stamped ‘PLOMBE’, we believe the shuttlecock was made in France.


This shuttlecock and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA

Photo: – Geoff Hinder.

Thank you to all the ‘Friends of the Museum’ and people who have made donations to the Museum, your support enables us to purchase for the National Collection extremely rare badminton artifacts when they become available.

The Museum’s latest project is to replace all the non-museum standard display cases, this will enable us to display objects without dust pollution and UV light damage.

Please can you help with this project.

If you would like to become a ‘Friend of the Museum’ or make a donation, please go to the ‘Museum’ header of the website then to ‘Friends of the Museum’ and you will be able to download a Friends/Donation form.

For more information please contact the National Badminton Museum at – [email protected]

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