The Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. It is one of (if not the) most famous racetracks in Britain, notable in particular for the Royal Ascot - an important race more known for the pageantry of the attendees than the thoroughbreds. This celebrated social affair comes complete with a strict dress code that includes hats so fabulous they cross the line over to insane. The race is unfailingly attended by the Royal Family, who arrive each day in carriages and watch the races from the Royal Enclosure (for which a select few hold a badge). This wonderful silver and enamel badge dating to the late Edwardian era would have allowed entry into this most desirable location and access to all the pomp and circumstance happening within. The reverse of the pin is engraved with the job title of its owner "Visct [Viscount] Churchill Private Secretary". This marvelous piece comes in its original box stamped with the commissioned jeweler's business details: "Garrard & Co Ltd/Goldsmiths, Jewellers, &c./TO THE KING/By Special Appointment/TO THE CROWN/Haymarket, London."
Silver and enamel in original box
Pin is very good, some minor scuffs easily polished; box is damaged along one side (visible in photo)