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My News Of The World Darts Memorabillia
The treble 20 guild badge. This badge was introduced in 1938 as the N.O.T.W newspaper was handing out one set of solid silver darts a week, for an outstanding performance witnessed and recorded in league games etc, as a direct response to the amount of inquiries submitting recorded scores of 180 the newspaper recognized though a skillful feat it was not enough to warrant the weekly set of silver darts.

I have both the coloured and the blue enamel badges, and though both are quite scarce to find these days the plain blue enamel one is much rarer.
(sorry about the shaky image, i'm no photographer.)


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Next is an Officials badge, looks to have some sort of ribbon missing, but as this is the only one I've seen I have nothing else to compare it with.

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Here is a set of 1938/39 house champion darts and matching certificate, these are that rare that Patrick Chaplain had never seen them before and very kindly got them authenticated by the Archivist at News International. I have since seen an identical set on the internet see link https://www.salfordonline.com/salfordvid...lford.html Though the certificate is not in as good as a condition as mine, and there are some inaccuracies with the story on the internet , which as with many stories the facts get distorted over the years, they are not solid silver but are extremely rare. Though the said thrower Herbert Wild must have been the House champion at the Wilton Arms , The records show the 1938-39 Lancashire and Cheshire champion to be Peter Birchall (St Peter’s Liberal Club, Oldham) who beat Jack Kirk (Sandon Arms, Heswall) 2-1. This was the only pre war year that Lancashire and Cheshire had a Finals, though the year previously 1937-38 just the county of Lancashire had a finals won by Sam McIntosh (Duke of York, Salford) who beat Luke Ratcliffe (Commercial Hotel, Oldham) 2-0. During this era the oche was a nine foot throw, (later reduced to an eight foot throw) and in the house championship the format was best of 3 legs of 301 increasing to 501 only on winning the house championship and progressing to the Competition proper.




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And the certificate

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This is a set of solid silver darts Hallmarked !938 and supplied by the jewelers Bravingtons of Kings Cross London. I also own an identical set hallmarked 1939 but minus the original case.

This set has the initials F.E.B engraved on it. It has been suggested that the initials may be F.E.Betts of the Waterman's Arms, Norwich, who got beat 2-1 by Fred Wallis in the 1937-38 London & Home Counties final, but I have a programme from that year and that final that show the runner up prize to have been a cup a gold medal and a certificate. Though obviously a thrower to be reckoned with during this period, so I dare say he could possibly have been awarded a silver set for an officially witnessed outstanding performance by the newspaper.



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This is some comments left on the old forum

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:05 am

Damn. What a change

Great work on those They look lovely

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:16 pm
I saw them but too rich for me. They most likely are runners up darts as the FEB is probably F.E.Betts of the Waterman's Arms, Norwich, who got beat 2-1 by Fred Wallis in the 1937-38 London & Home Counties final

You've done a grand job there in restoring them to their original condition as well - have a +1 for a job well done

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Nice one Neil!

I knew when I seen them they were worth a lot more and was very tempted to put in a bid of £150 but luckily for you I have bought too much of late and my cards are started to bleed, lol

Its always the case though that people list such things when you need to be careful.

Silly man for not displaying them better though, I am sure they would have sold more if they had.

If you ever feel like selling in the future give me a shout.

Well done on the clean up too!

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:34 pm
Good work There mc1958, To be honest I didn't check the old winners and runners up result as at this point they were awarding a set a week out outstanding darts thrown and witnessed, recorded in league's etc, so assumed it would be to long a shot, but you may well be onto something. I repay the +1 with thanks

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:53 pm
Thank's for not putting a bid in for them Darren, my top bid was £135 so you would have got em, these are actually off my wife for my birthday (thanks Sharon). and If i'm ever selling will give you a shout. There is actually something on now that I really want but got to restrain myself, I know they are gonna sell for a good sum.

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:25 pm

Well done Shafted, lovely darts, and nicely cleaned up.

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:47 am
Somebody had a good day at auction. Sold at £70

https://www.tennants.co.uk/catalogue/Lots/139024.aspx

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:02 am

Looks like it, did you win them?

If not I bet they will be on ebay soon. Pity they dont have the original case though.

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:23 pm
No not me Darren, If someone has bought them to sell on, they should do well, Iv'e seen just the badge alone sell for £15 before now, The majority of the darts are just run of the mill, but get a decent set of canes in the silver one's and they will look smart, like you said though its a shame the case is absent.

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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:37 pm

That is a damned good price for that little collection.

A badge recently sold for just over £25 recently. I put in a bid just under that expecting the final price to be cheaper, but some other bugger went higher than me lol.


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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:59 am

I reckon the seller had no idea what they were other than an old set of darts.

Past dealings with eBay would have me think that the seller of these "assumed" they were second place darts and advertised as such because of the "Prize Silver Darts" written under New Of The World in the case. It has the words "PRIZE" and everyone knows that GOLD is first, SILVER is second. Prize Silver Darts = second place.

Well done! And BEAUTIFUL darts!!


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Subject: Re: News of the World Silver Darts, ( a bit of spit and Polish) Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:31 am
Thankyou eplea

Here we have a very rare 1938 Midland Counties area finalist solid silver medal.


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And three solid silver area finalist medals, all from various years of the 1950s, the one not protected by a case has become quite tarnished and needs a clean really.


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Extremely Rare News Of The World London And Home Counties Finals 1937/38

Scanned a few pages of this programme for the members on here interested in vintage darts and some of its history.


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The early rounds wer'e 301 best of three becoming 501 only when you had reached the competition proper. Note at the foot of this page Jack Hood supplied the Dart Boards.




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Bravingtons the supplier of the silver darts also supplied all the silver cups and medals.



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It appears not only did Jack Hood sell some of his wares in Selfridges, he also oversaw exhibitions given in the store by the days top players. Hard to imagine the likes of Pike, Ross, Newstead Etc giving exhibitions in Selfridges.



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Ever wondered what the criteria was for "special players" to be awarded a set of solid silver darts, and the answer to the precise year of the introduction of the Treble 20 Guild Badge 1938



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I also Photos on the back page depicting the previous year final 1936/37 each photo is approx 10in x 8in set in a large official mount

and also the same in the Canterbury Finals, wonder where these were displayed.


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Subject: Re: Mega Rare News of The World Darts, London and The Home Counties !937/38 Finals Programme Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:46 pm

Nice one - and thanks for the info on the Treble 20 Guild badge

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Subject: Re: Mega Rare News of The World Darts, London and The Home Counties !937/38 Finals Programme Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:20 pm

Thats AWESOME Neil!

Great history there, its says on the NOTW programme at the bottom that all boards supplied by J.R. Hood he must have had a special deal going with them.

Have a +1 for that!

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Subject: Re: Mega Rare News of The World Darts, London and The Home Counties !937/38 Finals Programme Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:38 pm
I was quite surprised grip to see that Jack Hood also over saw exhibitions by the days top players in Selfridges as well.

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Subject: Re: Mega Rare News of The World Darts, London and The Home Counties !937/38 Finals Programme Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:14 pm

Great post, thanks for the pics

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Subject: Re: Mega Rare News of The World Darts, London and The Home Counties !937/38 Finals Programme Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:15 am

shafted wrote:
I was quite surprised grip to see that Jack Hood also over saw exhibitions by the days top players in Selfridges as well.



Yeah it must have been more popular then than we realise, I think that was the time of the first big darts boom so I guess it was good marketing really.

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The Two Leslie's New Of The World Theme Tune 1937

Leslie Sarony born (Leslie Legge Fry) on the 22nd of Jan 1897 in Surbiton, Surrey, and Leslie Holmes born on Dec 14th 1901 in Newcastle Under Lyne,
teamed up as a comedy duo in 1935 and remained a popular partnership until 1946.

Playing in theaters, music halls and broadcast on the radio. Writing comedy sketches and performing mainly comedy songs. In 1937 they wrote and performed The News Of The World Darts Theme Song. (Hard to imagine crowds singing along to this at N.O.T.W finals it really is cheesy.)

I have an extremely rare music songsheet from 1937, (the only one I have ever seen.) I have also found an old British Pathe link to a clip of film showing them performing this song. https://www.britishpathe.com/video/the-t...uery/DARTS I hope some of you may enjoy this.

The following passage is information added by Patrick Chaplain (DR DARTS) when this was posted on the previous forum

The song was especially commissioned by the NEWS OF THE WORLD as the tournament's theme song in the late 1930s and was recorded by THE TWO LESLIES on 24th April 1937 and released on 78 rpm, catalogue number ReZo MR2443. Both Sarony and Holmes are creditted with writing it.

If you can't find the 78 then go to www.musichallcds.com and order 'THE TWO LESLIES' on CD (catalogue no WINDYVAR22). You'll love the song and there are some superb non-darts songs on there too.

The song was also recorded that same year by Billy Cotton and his Band.


My 1937 songsheet

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You have some fantastic items there Neil!

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Rare News Of The World Darts Area Finalist Glyda Darts Cases.

1960's News Of The World Area Finalist, I suppose the description gives it away, one of the cases is from one of the years players No 6 cigarettes were the sponsor, these are the only 2 Iv'e ever seen. Though there must be more out there. Thanks For looking

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I tried to win some of those but never managed it, but you have a great collection of them Neil, good work!
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Original replies from old forum to Neils Two Leslies Song Sheet:

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"Lets have a jolly old game of darts... BING" LOL thats great, I seen that on Ebay before, might have been you or Mike who won it, think there was two, always wondered what the song sounded like though.

The British Pathe site is great for things like that.

I guess it was of its time but great fun to watch it.

The way they throw the darts too, hilarious.

Thanks for posting Neil have a +1

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Yes it was me that won it Darren, Mike had never heard of this song, until I mentioned it to him a while ago. I didn't know you knew Mike he is one of my main competitors for N.O.T.W on Ebay, he joined here on my advice a couple of months ago, but I haven't seen him post or comment yet. Thanks for the +1

Getagrip

No I meant MC1958, you must mean another Mike?

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Yes, The guy I mean joined on here as micksimmo a couple of months ago, he has quite an extensive and rare collection of N.O.T.W memorabilia.

Getagrip

I see, well get him posting it then, share it with others

rabsmith2

+1 excellent.

DR. DARTS

The song was especially commissioned by the NEWS OF THE WORLD as the tournament's theme song in the late 1930s and was recorded by THE TWO LESLIES on 24th April 1937 and released on 78 rpm, catalogue number ReZo MR2443. Both Sarony and Holmes are creditted with writing it.

If you can't find the 78 then go to www.musichallcds.com and order 'THE TWO LESLIES' on CD (catalogue no WINDYVAR22). You'll love the song and there are some superb non-darts songs on there too.

The song was also recorded that same year by Billy Cotton and his Band.

Shafted

Thanks for the additional information Patrick, its always appreciated.

Getagrip

Nice one Patrick!

Isn't history Great!!!
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Said this before and I will say it again, what a fantastic collection.

I have something you might like to see Shafted, I got a little medallion thingy for the News of the world comp, think it was promotional thing for a rum company, will snap a pic later on.
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Yeah love to see it, that would be Captain Morgan rum Stuart.
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News Of The World Darts Pewter Tankard 1973

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Wow never seen one of those before, thats great!
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some great stuff there Shafted , thanks for sharing
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Sorry for the poor quality of the pic (quickly took it on my phone and didn't notice I have the resolution set to low)
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I haven't got one of them Stuart, It's really nice though
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I will take some better photos with my decent cam and post them up.
Got a couple of other news of the world bits and bobs.

Have you ever looked into tracking down the original cup?

I'm sure I read it was locked away in the NW Vaults but I wonder if it's still there or been sold on.
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