A charming set of 3 Victorian show pigeon awards, two dated 1890 and the other 1899.
They comprise of a coloured print of a hand painted pigeon (probably generic and not of the actual bird,) placed in an oval of tooled and gilded leather. They were made by David Ritchie, who advertised himself as:
'Book-Binder and Printer. Maker of Prize Cards for Cage Bird, Poultry, Pigeon, Canine, Agricultural, Horticultural and other Societies Shows. Johnstone, near Paisley.'
The blue leather award was for a Fourth Prize awarded to the bird Magpie, of the Auchterarder Poultry, Pigeon and Rabbit Association, 2nd February 1889.
The red leather award was for a First Prize awarded to the bird Nun, of the Dalbeattie Ornithological Association, 30th October 1890.
The brown leather award was for the Second Prize to an unnamed pigeon, of the Kilmarnock Ornithological Association, 1st and 2nd January 1890.
All are glazed and framed in a simple period wooden frame with slip.
British Folk Art School late 19th century.
Brown and red awards: 7½ " x 9” (19cm x 23cm)
Blue award: 8.25" x 9.25 (21cm x 23.5cm)