1948 London Olympic Games torch, designed by Ralph Lavers,

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Lot 1*
1948 London Olympic Games torch,
designed by Ralph Lavers,

Sold for £ 6,312 (US$ 7,701) inc. premium
1948 London Olympic Games torch,
designed by Ralph Lavers,
cast alloy crown, with pierced Olympic rings and embossed "XlVth Olympiad 1948 Olympia to London with thanks to the Bearer", set on a solid turned alloy shaft and complete with burner retaining shaft,

Footnotes

  • The 1948 Olympics were held in London from July to August following a twelve-year hiatus due to World War II. These were the first Olympic Games held in the summer since the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. 59 countries participated, although Germany and Japan were not invited to attend. These Games were the first to be attended by Hungary, Yugoslavia and Poland.

    One particularly popular athlete at the Games was Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, known as "The Flying Housewife", who won 4 gold medals as a thirty-one year old mother of two children.

    The 1948 Olympic Games were widely nicknamed in the press 'The Austerity Games' due to the difficult economic climate and rationing following World War II. Despite this the Games were extremely popular and brought people of all nationalities together.

    From information supplied by the vendor this torch was used on a section of the relay journey in Switzerland.
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1948 London Olympic Games torch, designed by Ralph Lavers,
1948 London Olympic Games torch, designed by Ralph Lavers,
1948 London Olympic Games torch, designed by Ralph Lavers,
1948 London Olympic Games torch, designed by Ralph Lavers,
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