This RARE Tin-back Badge with celluloid cover was made by the Merchants Portrait Company of London and came with The SURREY Team Badge which is dated 1901 and which we are also listing for sale. The badge is 1 3/8" in diameter. and dates to around 1900.
Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, GCSI GBE (10 September 1872 – 2 April 1933, often known as Ranji, was the ruler of the Indian princely state of Nawanagar from 1907 to 1933, as Maharaja Jam Saheb,] and a noted Test cricketer who played for the English cricket team. He also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, and county cricket for Sussex.
Ranji has widely been regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Neville Cardus described him as "the Midsummer night's dream of cricket". Unorthodox in technique and with fast reactions, he brought a new style to batting and revolutionised the game.Previously, batsmen had generally pushed forward; Ranji took advantage of the improving quality of pitches in his era and played more on the back foot, both in defence and attack. He is particularly associated with one shot, the leg glance, which he invented or popularised. The first-class cricket tournament in India, the Ranji Trophy, was named in his honour and inaugurated in 1935 by the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. His nephew Duleepsinhji followed Ranji's path as a batsman playing first-class cricket in England and for the England cricket team.
Away from cricket, Ranji became Maharaja Jam Saheb of Nawanagar in 1907. He was later Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes, and represented India at the League of Nations. His official title was Colonel H. H. Shri Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji II, Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, GCSI, GBE.
Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja (RANJI) Famous Indian Cricketer - Tin Badge Circa 1900
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