Silver Doggett's Badge won by John Poett, 1826.
The Doggett's Coat and Badge is a prize which was first awarded in 1715 to celebrate George I's accession to the throne. It was founded by the actor Thomas Doggett, who was a staunch Whig and did not the Stuarts back on the throne. He died in 1721, but managed to ensure the prize was carried on through his Will. The responsibility for this eventually fell on the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, and they have organised it ever since. The race is always 4 miles and rowed from London Bridge to Chelsea.
Gifted by Thomas E. Weil to the American Friends of the River & Rowing Museum in honour of the years of dedicated service given by Paul Mainds to the River & Rowing Museum.
Thomas E. Weil is a very knowledgeable and respected collector of rowing memorabilia from all over the world. His extensive collection includes material from many years of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, and Henley Royal Regatta. He also lectures and writes on rowing history and is a Trustee of the River and Rowing Museum.