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Catalog Number 01.C.17
Object Name Badge
Title Philadelphia United Bowmen Badge
Date 1825-50
Description Metal pin-back badge with arrow and the initial U.B. in center. Wreath around perimeter
Pinned to paper which reads: "Badge of the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, founded 1828, Belonged to Franklin Peale, one of the founders and given by his daughter Anna Peale to Harriet, wife of his nephew Charles Peale (son of Rubins [sic]) who presented it to his grandnephew Horace Wells Sellers."
Label The United Bowmen of Philadelphia, formed in 1828, was the first archery club in the United States. Franklin Peale, the son of Charles Willson Peale, was a founder of the club, along with his brother Titian Ramsey Peale. The club organized regular archery competitions, awarding the winners breastpins such as this and the club bowl (now housed at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent), to be held by the winner for a year. Upon his death in 1870, Franklin Peale's obituary notice, read to the American Philosophical Society, noted that his acumen at archery won him a "long series of medals and badges." As Chief Coiner of the U.S. Mint, Peale designed the badges himself.
Dimensions H-1.125 W-0.625 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century