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
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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