Professionally converted to a pin fitting with horseshoe fitting removed, presumably for wear as a sweetheart. Some slight enamel chipping to the 'A" in " Battalion " but otherwise in good condition. Maker marked to reverse W J Dingley, B'Ham. Condition reflected in price.
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A small bronze badge depicting a swan, with a coronet around its neck with chain with a tablet below inscribed " Bucks VDC 1914 ". The swan was the ancient badge of the de Bohun family from whence it passed to the Stafford Dukes of Buckingham. Circa 3cm tall with two small original twisted copper wire loops to the reverse. Scarce.
K&K Vol 1 no 1600 refers.
A small and attractive enamel and hallmarked silver buttonhole lapel badge for a Patron of the Old Contemptibles Association. Enamel in good undamaged condition. Maker marked Toy & Co Ltd London (under the horseshoe fitting) and also T & Co to reverse and hallmarked silver stamps for London 1932 (date letter R). Circa 19mm in diameter and in very good condition. Scarce.
A silver plated lapel badge, toned and heavy quality with a wonderful florid design of a quality no less than one would expect from a manufacturer of Pullman railway carriages. The works were based in Sheffield. Circa 26mm in diameter. Original and unusual two part buttonhole fixing to reverse which is stamped with the Registered Design Number 646227 (1915).
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An extremely scarce small enamel VCF lapel badge, circa 17mm in diameter with original horseshoe button hole fitting and stamped with issue number 320. Also maker marked to reverse JR Gaunt London. Some minor surface wear to enamel but this is intact and undamaged. Only ever seen one other (No 307 previously sold).
The Volunteer Civil Force, also known as Winston's Bobbies formed by Winston Churchill in 1911 following the Sydney Street Siege, were an armed force.
The HQ was at Ruskin House, Rochester Row Westminster, London and it was founded on Trafalgar Day, 1911 by 'William Mailes Power' at the instigation of Winston Churchill.
Patriotic volunteers were raised to assist in the maintaining Law and Order and to supplement the regular Metropolitan Police in times of strife such as the 'National coal strike of 1912'.
On the outbreak of the First World War the 'V.C.F' were embodied as a Labour battalion and most of the remaining personnel were absorbed by the '28th County of London Battalion ( Artist Rifles ). The 'Volunteer Civil Force' was not re-formed after the war.
A rare original First World War period Womens War Agricultural Committee Wales Monmouthshire', gilded brass example inlaid with green enamel, the centre depicting a plough on furrowed ground, the reverse with maker's details "W.O.Lewis Howard St Birmm". Very good condition, one small edge nick to reverse which does not detract, retaining original pin fittings, enamel undamaged, gilt remains bright, a pleasing example.
A scarce original First World War period gilt brass and enamel badge, "Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway" blue enamel title surround, Crowned "Railway Service" to the centre on white enamel ground, the reverse impressed with maker's details "Thomas Fattorini, Bolton", stamped with official issue number "B.14803" and design registration number "REG.638232" (1914). In good condition, retaining original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel but evidence of surface scratches from wear and one slightly heavier scratch; gilt a bit worn but finish still relatively bright. Circa 28mm in diameter.
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) was a major British railway company prior to 1923. It amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922. One year later, the merged company became the largest constituent of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
A very scarce original Coal Mines Form A. Military Services Act, Certificate of Exemption named to J. Heathfield aged 18 of Blackwell Colliery, (which was in Derbyshire) and dated 1917.
An attractive badge, the part voided version with original pin fittings. Silver washed. 36mm in diameter. Sharp detail but with a small hole at 6 o'clock, possibly for the attachment of a safety chain.
The motto "On ne passe pass" (They shall not pass) was most famously used during the Battle of Verdun in World War I by French General Robert Nivelle. It appeared on propaganda posters, such as that by Maurice Neumont after the Second Battle of the Marne, which was later adopted on uniform badges by units manning the Maginot Line.
A scarce and unusual curved bronze shoulder title with two original flat style hoop loops to the reverse. Until specific VTC shoulder titles are scarce and this particular variety does not appear to be listed in Westlake. A bit grubby but will clean up.
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