John Spence Waddell’s baton

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: John Spence Waddell’s baton; Persons linked to the exhibit: John Spence Waddell; Date: turn of the 19th and 20th century; Country: Great Britain; Town: unknown; Materials: ivory, gilded brass; Measurements: length 44,1 cm, diameter 1,9 cm; Ownership: Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz’s collection; Inventory number: JSW 35; Description:

white, two-piece baton, screwed together; conical body made of ivory; octagonal brass fitting on the grip, widening at the end and finished with a small knob, impressed with a floral motif on the sides, with an inscription frame; tip fitting plain, unadorned; no hallmarks. Similar exhibits can be found in the same collection under inventory numbers JSW 104, 168, 93. The baton was owned by the conductor John Spence Waddell. The baton comes with a decorative case and four silver, commemorative medallions with inscriptions mentioning the awards won by the conductor. Three medallions have the same, shield-like shape, engraved with a floral motif, with identical inscriptions on the obverse and different on the reverse.; Dimensions 3,9 cm x 2,7 cm; fourth medallion has a round shape with a lyre motif at centre, accompanied with laurel branches and a scroll of notes; sides decorated with a floral motif; inscription on the reverse; Dimensions 3,7 x 2,9 cm

; Inscriptions:

on the baton: none; inside the case: THE HANDY / POCKET BATON ; medallion 1: obverse: LONDON / SUNDAY SCHOOL / CHOIR / 1871 / FOUNDERS SHIELD / 1903; reverse: CRONEEN NEWBROMPTON / WILLESDEN CHOIR / Ist PRIZE . 1904. / JOHN SPENCE WADDELL. / CONDUCTOR; medallion 2: obverse as above; reverse: CRONEEN NEWBROMPTON ; WILLESDEN DISTRICT CHOIR – / CONDUCTOR – / MR. J.S.WADDELL / Ist PRIZE / 1905; medallion 3: obverse as above, reverse: WILLESDEN DISTRICT CHOIR ; CONDUCTOR / MR. J.S.WADDELL / FIRST PRIZE / 1907; medallion 4: FREE CHURCH / MUSICIANS UNION / FESTIVAL / Nov. 1911

; Catalog card: Joanna Gul, consultation: Magdalena Szmida-Półbratek (City Museum of Wrocław);

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