Found in the boot of an old car, this fantastic banner made by Ambrose Shardlow workers is a wonderful and unique piece of British social history.
The banner most likely saw a lot of action back in the 1980s when Thatcher began the privatisation and deregulation of the UK's nationalised industries. We've actually been able to find a couple of fascinating photographs of the banner in action, which can be found on our Instagram; @absolutelynicevintage.
Double sided, the banner is hand painted by an obviously talented artist. The lettering and illustrations depicting factory workers and vehicles are superbly detailed and perfect in their execution.
From the crisp lines, striking colours and considerable size, the banner immediately grabs your attention, as was intended and fully realised by it's maker.
With only one in existence, this is an excellent opportunity to own a piece of British political/protest history. As a result of the banner's nature there is lots of wear and tear, including stains, rips, fading, dirt/mud and anything else the comes with being of the front lines of a march. There have also been the additional of lots of stickers and badges over the years, some of which read 'Sack the Government, Not the Miners', 'NALGO Says Don't Run Down Our NHS 'and 'Save Our Pits'. Its interesting that some of these are still pressing issues 30 years on.
We've added a new pole to the banner which unfortunately will not be included for international buyers due to the astronomical postage charges of such a lengthy item.
First founded in 1869, Ambrose Shardlow started as a general engineering and machining company based in Attercliffe, Sheffield. In 1900 the company began to specialise in the production of crankshafts which is where the main business focused up until it's purchase in 2001 by Bifrangi.
In it's peak, Ambrose Shardlow employed 2,200 staff and were the key producer of crankshafts for aircraft and military vehicles in the second world war and later for English Electric, Rolls Royce, Dorman, Napier and Paxman engines which were fitted to many military vehicles and ships.
From the top of the banner, not including the loops, to the bottom of the tassels, it measures approximately 162cm tall and 205cm wide.