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The metal badges in the picture are displayed at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley. I thought they looked really colourful and I just can't resist a bit of colour. They contrast so well with the old black and white photos of the Regatta next to them.
Members of the Stewards Enclosure are given a different coloured badge each year to allow them to enter the Enclosure. There is a long, long waiting list to become a member, however these badges have now become collectors items and come up for sale every now and then.
A 1947 badge sold on ebay for £900 a few years ago. Recently a collection came up for auction for £120. You can even buy recent badges from the official Regatta site, maybe an antique of the future!
Of course the old badges wouldn't give you admission to the Enclosure, you need to have the latest one.