Leather Base Battledore Shuttlecock

Written by Geoff Hinder

The National Badminton Museum has recently acquired a very rare c1860s leather base battledore shuttlecock

The shuttlecock has a brown leather base with 28 feathers. It has a feather diameter of 75 mm (3″) and overall length of 115 mm (4 ½”), the diameter of the leather base is 45 mm (1 ¾”) and the shuttlecock weighs 11.3 grams which is just over twice the weight of a modern shuttle. We believe the shuttle was made in England.

Photos: – Geoff Hinder

This shuttlecock and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA
Visitors are welcome to look around the Museum unescorted at any time – the National Badminton Centre is normally open 9am to 8pm every day.
If you have any badminton memorabilia, archive material, or any other items and would like to donate them to the National Badminton Museum please contact us at: –
 museum@badmintonengland.co.uk
Thank you to all the ‘Friends of the Museum’ and people who have made donations to the National Badminton Museum, your support enables us to purchase extremely rare badminton artefacts for the National Collection as they become available.
Visitors are welcome to look around the Museum unescorted at any time – the National Badminton Centre is normally open 9am to 8pm every day.

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