Ken Kittelberger’s Baden-Powell Collection

Posted on January 10th, 2006 in Baden-Powell by dhoffard

Long time collector Ken Kittelberger just sent us current pictures of his Baden-Powell memorabilia collection. It is one of the most extensive collections in the world. With this being the 99th anniversary, I thought you’d enjoy seeing these as well.

If we think sports heros of today generate a lot of memorabilia or Elvis or the Beatles or Disney ….they had nothing on what went on in Victorian England at the turn of the last century. There was less mass media so there was less passing promotion about persons of importance. Instead, promoters produced a nearly endless supply of different wares.

Ken has produced several manuscripts over the years of documenting items produced. He’s regularly made trips to England and elsewhere in the hunt for new items for his collection. I remember Bernie Miller having a nice smirk when he out-hustled Ken on a find but also grimacing about the ones that got away.

Here are the pictures. Enjoy!









8 Responses to 'Ken Kittelberger’s Baden-Powell Collection'

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  1. on March 19th, 2008 at 8:07 am

    what a great collection…

  2. Robert said,

    on February 16th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have a BP Tele-scout telescope in the leather case have you seen any of these? Looks like brass pulls out to about 14″ folds to 6″ or so. Any info would be helpfull

  3. ramore said,

    on August 4th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one. They put BP’s image on everything.

  4. Gregg Holt said,

    on August 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of Ken Kittelberger’s fantastic Baden-Powell collection. I can only imagine the thousands of hours Ken spent searching for these items. How wonderful that he has now donated them to a museum where they can be seen by thousands of Scouts and leaders each year. Thanks, Ken :)

  5. Linda said,

    on January 6th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I have a copper kettle with engraving on saying bp mafeking and the dates. it has baden powels head on the lid i have never seen anything like it anywhere has anyone.

  6. ramore said,

    on January 6th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    E-mail us a picture and we’ll post it to see if someone can identify. There are literally 1,000’s of pieces. As deep as Ken’s collection is, there are more items. I’ve got several myself that he does not have but he’s got one of the best such collections.

  7. phyllis said,

    on February 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I have the same teapot, that Linda above
    mentioned, I don’t have any information on it
    can someone help me.

  8. Laurie said,

    on February 29th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi, I have a signed hand written letter from Baden Powell it was sent to my father about 1932/3 for helping either at the perth jamboree or when he visited Aberdeen enclosed with the letter was a little gold backwards swastica badge. I am considering selling any idea of value.

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