Scarce Sterling Silver Boy’s Own Paper 'Flying League' Prize



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Scarce Sterling Silver Boy’s Own Paper 'Flying League' Prize Medal. 1936

A scarce hallmarked silver medal awarded in 1936 as prize for a model aircraft competition organised by the Boy’s Own Paper ‘Flying League’ club, held in connection of the Society of Model Aircraft Engineers.

The obverse of this attractive medal bears the image of a Bleriot and Maurice Farman pioneer aircraft in flight. Engraved above are the initials (partially worn), "S.M.A.E." (Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers). The reverse is engraved with the caption, “Awarded to Edward Entwhistle – ‘B.O.P.’ Flying League Competition 1935”. The reverse is also stamped with a full English sterling silver hallmark corresponding to the year 1930 and with the maker's initials, "V&S" (Vaughton & Sons, Birmingham). Diameter (not including suspension rings): 32mm. Good condition (slight wear and tear).

The Boy's Own Paper was a British story paper aimed at young and teenage boys, published from 1879 to 1967. The ‘Flying League’ was a club organised by the paper. Description from a ‘Flying League’ advertisement:

“The ‘B.O.P.’ Flying League aims to inspire air-mindedness and an enthusiasm for flying that will keep Britain and the British Empire definitely in the front of every branch of flying; also to encourage the construction of model aero-planes and the great sport of flying them.”

(Our ref: BD1020/100)


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