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"London Scottish Golf Club"

Button # 92
Image submitted by John Sagi

Button # 171
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Button # 489
Image submitted by Dixon Pickup

Button # 101
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London Scottish Golf Club (# 101)- The club was founded in 1865, the fourth oldest golf club in England, with play over Wimbledon Common. The first sixteen members were founder members of the 15th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers (The London Scottish). The initial formation of the corps was November 1859 burgeoning into a much larger unit by February 1860.The first pattern tunic button which endured until 1908 was in silver plate (officers) and white metal (other ranks); the golf club button followed the same format but in two piece gilt (23mm) with Golf Club replacing Rifle Volunteers. Within the club title appears the Cross of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle superimposed with St Edward’s crown. The back mark is Jennens & Co London plus the Prince of Wales’s crest; this emblem was first used by Jennens 1808-1837 and re-introduced in 1860. Wimbledon Common preceded Bisley as the venue for the annual Rifle Volunteer Shooting Championships. In 1908 the Corps became the 8th Battalion, The London Regiment, and the former thistle spray hat badges changed to that of a lion rampant upon the Cross of St Andrew. The Golf Club button probably also changed around this time (# 92 & 171). It became a flat single piece item showing central lion rampant and the Club’s initials by C Pitt & Co. Maddox Street London.

London Scottish Golf Club (# 489) - Though only an attribution I feel this is a fairly safe one. This enormous gong (29mm) displays the typical flamboyant style of Scottish club medals, though this is a button. The plain silver flan is applied with a finely structured silver casting, LSGC, each letter with variable decoration. The reverse is engraved, C.F.Green October 1907, and is otherwise unmarked.

Information is from an article in "The British Golf Collectors Society" written by Dixon Pickup.

London Scottish Golf Club - 3

Buttons # 92, # 101, # 171 & # 489

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