City of London Kings College Eight's Reunion ceremonial oar
Original oar from a British Rowing Club. Superb decorator item or for a rowing enthusiast.
4 1/2" wide at the blade
This is a practice oar that was retired in 1898 and brought out of "retirement" as a presentation at a reunion for the club.
On one side, it is marked, "The Dreaded Tank Practice Sweep put into retirement July 20, 1898". This is for obvious reasons, the blade or scull of the oar has holes in it so it would be quite difficult to use!
On the other side it is marked, "City of London Kings College Eight's Reunion"
We believe that the shaft of the oar is pine (it is quite light) and the end is a hardwood for strength (maple?).
There would have been 8 of these oars. Based on the name of the club it is reasonable that they were using the eight man crew configuration.
Since this was a presentation item, it was repainted as shown prior to presentation, then displayed so it is in very good condition. There is very little paint loss on the oar and to the lettering. The condition can be seen clearly in the photos.
The only issue is that someone wrapped the oar in bubble wrap and stored it somewhere hot. This caused the outline of the bubbles to transfer to the oar. If the item is displayed on the wall this is not very noticeable. On close inspection, it is and it can be seen clearly in the photos. These markings may lessen if the item is displayed or possibly alcohol or some sort of cleaner may remove them.
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