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Thursday, March 14, 2013
1867 Paris Exhibition Regatta Medal for Sale!
HTBS received the news that John Elton in England has a rowing medal for sale. It is not just any ‘old’ medal, it is an 1867 medal won by one of the members of the distinguished and famous ‘Paris Crew’. This is the Canadian team who beat the London Rowing Club crew in the race at the Paris Exhibition Regatta in 1867. John writes, ‘It is the 1867 Paris Exhibition Regatta Medal. Gold color, French, hallmarked silver, 88 grams.’ The medal had once belonged to John’s grandfather, but he does not know how it ever came into the hands of his grandfather. The only other medal that exists from that race, that John is aware of, is in the Thomas E. Weil Collection at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley. The Paris Crew was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1956.
Anyone who has a serious interest in this item is welcome to contact John at:
‘Hear the Boat Sing’ (HTBS) was founded in 2009 by Göran R Buckhorn, a Swede living in Connecticut, a magazine editor, culture scribe and a rowing historian. In 1990, Göran co-founded the Swedish rowing magazine, “Svensk Rodd”, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has written numerous articles on rowing, and is one of the Directors of Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ, the British Association of Rowing Journalists. Regular contributors to HTBS are: rowing historians Tim Koch and Greg Denieffe, both in England; Hélène Rémond, France; and Philip Kuepper, Connecticut. Besides writing articles on The Boat Race, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Wingfield Sculls, and the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Tim has made some rowing documentaries. He is also a Director of the Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ. Greg is an Irishman who specializes on Irish rowing. Some of his finest pieces are on HTBS. Hélène, who wrote her thesis on British rowing, has covered The Boat Race and the Henley Regatta for French papers and HTBS, also shooting beautiful photos for this blog. Philip’s poems on rowing have topics about everything between the daily life and the divine.