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1920s Racing Pigeon Award Medallion

Pigeon racing was a big thing in the 19th and 20th centuries, and apparently still is in some places. These awards were often partially pre-made with a generic-looking bird either enameled or painted on. After a winner was determined, an artist would fill in the particular markings and colorings for the winning bird, personalizing the medal. Next step was the engraver's - this text boasts "D.H.C. Won By J. McKenzie O.B.A. 1923".


  • Materials

    9k gold (marked), enamel, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    dated 1923

  • Condition


  • Size

    1 1/2" length including the bale, 1 1/8" diameter, 18" chain

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