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Ole Steen
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"United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1347 Ole Steen
Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:12 pm

I've just found a copy of this book by Robert Elmer and inside I found two papers, a copy of the letter to Queen Elizabeth, presented to her with the copy of her book and another letter, from Edward R. Teubner Esq. "expressing Her Majesty's thanks for the gift". I'm not quite sure if the latter is a copy, but does anyone know anything about this? Did every member get a copy of those two letters with their book?
My copy has no 66 (of 200). Was it only printed for and sold to members of the club?
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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1361 admin
Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:44 pm

Ole - the only two copies we have seen (one of which we have in our library) also had copies of both letters, so we have to assume that they were included in every one. We are not sure, but believe that they were originally only for members - and perhaps a few close friends. You are certainly lucky to have one - and particularly one which still has the letters in it.

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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1364 David Sterling
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:08 pm

Ole, I have copy no. 28 (of 200) of the book, which was formerly owned by Clement C. Parker. There is a small card tipped in from Edmund R. Teubner, Jr. that reads "With my Compliments & Best Wishes" Tubby! There is also a letter dated April 26, 1954 tipped in from Teubner to Clement C. Parker that provides "Dear Clem, I enclose herewith Photostats of the engrossment which accompanied our presentation copy to the English Queen, also a photostat of the formal acknowledgment of her equerry, one Edward Ford. As a matter of interest to archers, this particular gentlemen was no doubt the great nephew of the famous Horace Ford, who held the English York championship for so many years. I thought you might like to have these Photostats for the Bowmen Book which I think adds interest and might enhance its value in later years. With kind personal regards, I am Yours as ever, E.R.T.Jr. 'Tubby'".

Clement Parker wrote "The Compendium of Works on Archery" in 1950 as well as several other books and was a member of the Philadelphia Archers. However, while he was not a member of the United Bowmen, he did know Dr. Robert Elmer and Tubby Teubner well.

The engrossment reads "Respectfully Presented to Her Most Excellent Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, Patron of The Royal Toxophilite Society by The United Bowmen of Philadelphia in token of the strong and friendly bond existing between it and that Society...in this the Coronation Year of Her Majesty and the 125th Anniversary of the founding of The United Bowmen of Philadelphia."

The letter from Buckingham Palace dated 24th November, 1955. reads "Dear Sir, The Queen has received the copy of the book commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the United Bowmen of Philadelphia. Her Majesty, as Patron of the Royal Toxophilite Society, is very glad to have this interesting record, and has commanded me to express her sincere thanks to the United Bowmen of Philadelphia for their kind thought in sending this for her acceptance. Her Majesty much admired the beautifully illuminated inscription on the fly-leaf. As the great-nephew of a former Champion Archer of England, I am very glad to have the privilege of expressing Her Majesty's thanks for this gift. Yours truly, Edward Ford". The letter went to Edward R. Teubner Esq.

Veronica-Mae, our Administrator, I believe is correct. Like her, I surmise that all members at the time the book was published also received Photostats of the engrossment (presentation document) and the return letter from the Queen. The book was primarily intended for members only but some copies were presented to others, such as, the Queen and Clement C. Parker.

This book has become very scarce -- it is a special book to have in one's archery library!
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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1366 David Sterling
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:53 am

In the response from Buckingham Palace, the Queen noted "the beautifully illuminated inscription on the flyleaf". I thought that I would share a photo of the flyleaf with our readers.

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Of course, Frank Bilson and C. B. Edwards are familiar names that are known on this side of the 'pond' because they were both authors as well. Harold A. Titcomb was the only American to become president of the Royal Toxophilite Society. Both Dr. Robert Elmer and his son competed in this match. I knew Dr. Baier's wife - Pat Baier through TWAC (now out of existence but formerly known as "The World Archery Center") -- she was instrumental in helping Myrtle and Ed Miller run the summer archery instructors' camp. I also met Proctor Wetherill at TWAC, who introduced me to Old Overholt straight rye whiskey -- I think of him when I periodically have a drink of it.
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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1367 David Sterling
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:59 am

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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1368 David Sterling
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:02 am

Attached is a photo of the book, which is bound in 1/4 leather -- a very nice item!

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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

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Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:04 am

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Re: "United Bowmen of Philadelphia"

Post: #1371 Ole Steen
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:26 pm

It's a bit curious, on the list there is a J. Q. Henriques. I knew an Ulrick Henriques, who was also a very devoted archer. He shot in the english longbow and he had a very fine yewbow,made by one of the finest bowyers in Denmark, E. Sigurd Hansen. Ulrick came from a very old jewish family, who had been medics through generations and everytime he attended a competition, even a field shot, he was allways dressed in white shirt, tie, waistcoat and tweedjacket. He looked like an English Country Gent. I've even seen him with a sixpence.
Wonder if there might be some kind of connection.
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