'Amusement', c 1845.
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Vignette from a lithographic plate showing two children playing badminton. Badminton racquets were traditionally strung with cat gut, while shuttlecocks were made from a ring of goose feathers attached to a cork. Taken from 'Domestic Fowls' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - showing their utility to man in their services during life, and uses after death' (1845), illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas, and published by Thomas Varty. Printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day & Haghe.