Bluebird K7

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Icarus Originals have been given the honour of working in partnership with the Ruskin Museum and Campbell Family Heritage Trust to mark the 100th anniversary year of the birth of legendary speed record breaker Donald Campbell CBE (23 March 1921 – 4 January 1967).

Campbell broke eight absolute world speed records on water and on land in the 1950s and 1960s. He was awarded the CBE in January 1957 for his water speed record breaking. He remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year (1964). He died during a water speed record attempt at Coniston Water in the Lake District, England.

Campbell began development of Bluebird K7 in 1953. The K7 was a steel-framed, aluminium-bodied, three-point hydroplane with a Metropolitan-Vickers Beryl axial-flow turbojet engine, producing 3,500-pound-force (16kN) of thrust. The designation ‘K7’ was carried on a prominent white roundel on each sponson, underneath an infinity symbol. Campbell set seven world water speed records in K7 between July 1955 and December 1964.

Icarus Originals has been entrusted with a precious piece of aluminium from Bluebird K7 to incorporate into our Donald Campbell Centenary designs. The limited edition cufflinks all come with certificates of authenticity signed by Campbell’s daughter, Gina. A proportion of monies raised will go towards the care and conservation of the Campbell Collection housed within the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

  • Official Bluebird K7 Pin Badge
    £69.99

Official Donald Campbell Centenary Pin Badge containing aluminium from Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K7

Our Bluebird K7 pin badge been made with kind permission of the Ruskin Museum and Campbell Family Heritage Trust to mark the centenary of the birth of land and water world speed record breaker Donald Campbell CBE. Developed using advanced computer-aided design, each pin badge is then cast in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and contains a percentage of aluminium reclaimed from Bluebird K7 itself. The sterling silver rendering of the machine is infused with aluminium from K7 and sits on an 18ct gold-plated brass platform with a blue enamel ‘lake’ representing Coniston Water. The badges come in a presentation box along with a unique data card. A percentage of every sale of Icarus Originals’ Bluebird K7 pin badges goes towards the care and conservation of the Campbell Collection housed within the Ruskin Museum.

Official limited-edition Donald Campbell Centenary Cufflinks in sterling silver containing aluminium from Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K7

Our Bluebird K7 cufflinks have been made with kind permission of the Ruskin Museum and Campbell Family Heritage Trust to mark the centenary of the birth of land and water world speed record breaker Donald Campbell CBE. Developed using advanced computer-aided design, each cufflink is then cast in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and contains a percentage of aluminium reclaimed from Bluebird K7 itself. The sterling silver rendering of the machine is infused with aluminium from K7and sits on a sterling silver cufflink bar. We have made 100 pairs in this strictly limited-edition series supplied with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Donald Campbell’s daughter, Gina Campbell QSO. These hallmarked cufflinks are presented in a high-quality hinged box along with a unique data card. A percentage of every sale of Icarus Originals’ Bluebird K7 cufflinks goes towards the care and conservation of the Campbell Collection housed within The Ruskin Museum.

  • Bluebird Cufflinks
    Official Bluebird K7 Cufflinks
    £174.99