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ID number:  BIRRC-H0007
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  A. G. Parker and Co, Whittall Street, Birmingham
Title / Object name:  Gun Cleaner with Leather Pouch belonging to Raymond Lodge (son of Oliver Lodge)
Object type:  Miscellaneous
Materials:  Leather pouch and flannelette patches in paper packet
Measurements:  13.8 x 9 cm

Flanellette patches for cleaning a gun inside a paper packet marked AG Parker and Co. Kept inside a leather purse and inscribed inside in black handwriting the owner's name, 'Raymond Lodge', the son of Sir Oliver Lodge. The surname Lodge is also pressed into the leather. This was one of the personal artefacts found on Raymond Lodge's body when he was killed in action during WWI. A.G. Parker and Co., or Parker and Hale as it is otherwise known, was a Birmingham firearms and firearm accessories manufacturer established in 1880. Their business suffered considerably in the aftermath of WWI as a result of pacifist protests. During the mid 1990s, as a result of lack of investment and the effects of the ban on handguns in the U.K., Parker Hale was sold to Modular industries, a Midlands engineering group.

Inscriptions / Translations:  'Raymond Lodge'

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