• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 230

    A JAMES II SILVER WAITS' BADGE

    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, DATED 1688

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    A JAMES II SILVER WAITS' BADGE
    APPARENTLY UNMARKED, DATED 1688
    Circular, the centre cast and chased with the arms of Wakefield, engraved around the rim 'Wakefield Waits 1688', with two suspension loops
    5 in. (12.6 cm.) high
    2 oz. (66 gr.)


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    This Waits' badge was worn around the neck of one of the town Waits, corporation minstrels or musical watchmen who sang the hours of the night and warned the towns people of fire and other dangers in "rude rhyme".

    The Waits would have played every morning and night and at all major feasts. They supplemented the gratuities and stipends they received from the townspeople and council by playing at weddings. They received the badge on their appointment to the office, having provided two sureties for the safekeeping of the badge. The badges were returned to the council upon death or dismissal from the office.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE OAKWOOD COLLECTION
    (LOTS 224-231)