Barrel Shuttlecocks

Written by Geoff Hinder

Barrel Shuttlecocks

SLAZENGER ‘Regulation’ Barrel Shuttlecock  Circa 1907.
F. H. AYRES ‘Association’ Barrel Shuttlecock  Circa 1907.
‘Regulation’ Barrel Shuttlecock  Circa 1907.
A. & M. C. S. L. Straight Shuttlecock  Circa 1911.

Photos: – Geoff Hinder                                                          Click on images to enlarge

The National Badminton Museum has acquired three different extremely rare barrelled shuttlecocks circa 1907 for the National Collection. They all arrived in the same Slazenger tube, prior to this the Museum only had one barrelled shuttle in its collection.
They are called barrel because they closely resemble the shape of a barrel, the feathers are inserted into the cork with the flat side of the quill to the outside, the natural inward sweep of the feathers produces the curved barrel shape. The shuttles have stitching halfway up the quills and another one around the quills at the top of the cork base.
From the start of the All-England Badminton Championships in 1899 to 1909 they used Jaques ‘Association First Choice’ barrel shuttlecocks. These were manufactured in France and in the early days with no specifications laid down, they suffered from considerable variation in length of flight, size, weight and uniform strength.

 

 

 

Also in the Slazenger tube was an A. & M. C. S. L. straight shuttlecock  Circa 1911.
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​These shuttlecocks and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA.
2025 Yonex All-England Badminton Championships
Tuesday 11 March 2025 to Sunday 16 March 2025.
At the Utilita Arena, Birmingham.

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Visitors are welcome to look around the Museum unescorted at any time – The National Badminton Centre is normally open 9am to 8pm every day.
National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge,
MILTON KEYNES  MK8 9LA
Free Admission.

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Accessibility
The National Badminton Museum is on the 1st floor with a lift. Disabled toilet facilities are available on the 1st floor. There is no wheelchair accessibility to the Museum office.

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There is a restaurant on the first floor serving breakfasts every day of the week and light lunches on weekdays.
Free parking at the National Badminton Centre.

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If you have any badminton memorabilia, archive material, or any other items and would like to donate them to the National Badminton Museum please contact us at: –
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