Some damage to enamel on left as you look at it, otherwise in good condition with original pin and clasp fitting. Circa 3.3cm wide. Scarce.
See the latest offering from the Military Heraldry Society's Formation Sign Issue 281 March 2021 for a French NAAFI female worker wearing one of these - posing next to an accordion.
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A small Second World War gilt and enamel badge, the reverse with maker's details "J.R. Gaunt London". Good condition with minor marks to gilt, original pin fitting, no damage to the enamel. 23mm tall.
The Duke of Gloucester's Appeal was launched in 1939 and was based around the county committees of the National Farmers Union, funds were raised around the agricultural community by the organisation of garden fetes, horse shows and gymkhanas and the auctions of donated livestock sold in aid of the fund.
Enamel in good condition, gilt bright. Circa 3cm tall. Horseshoe to reverse, backmarked J R Gaunt London.
A most unusual WW2 small sized enamel lapel badge with original brooch pin fitting and indistinct makers details to the reverse. The Gallic Cockerel in red white and blue enamel with the Cross of Lorraine to its chest. Circa 2.5cms tall.
This Free French cockerel lapel badge was made in South America (possibly Argentina) for the civilian Free French Committees of Sao-Paulo and /or Rio in Brazil.
The Free French Committee of Brazil was forbidden and tracked by the Brazilian police. When Brazil finally joined the United Nations, the committee situation was regularised and became legal.
My grateful thanks to Jean-Francois for the information provided above.
Kite shaped enamel pin brooch supporters' badge with original pin fixing and clasp. Stamped on reverse registered design 83830 (circa 1941). Circa 3.3cm tall and 1.1cm wide. In good condition with only minor surface wear to the enamel.
A scarce original circa wartime period 'Auxiliary Fire Service lapel badge'; unusual silver plated brass and enamel example based on the style of the ARP badge. Good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, enamel with minor service wear, with bruise to crown, silver plating worn back to base.
A scarce and attractive WW1 aeroplane workers lapel badge depicting a winged propeller and aero engine on blue enamel title ring. Pin fixing suggesting it was worn by a female. Enamel in very good condition with no damage. Registered number to reverse is 662525 (which denotes 1918 ) Pin is an old replacement, but still functional. Circa 4.2cm wide.
The Grahame-White Aviation Company was created by Claude Grahame-White, who initially founded a flying school at Pau in France before purchasing land at Hendon and developing the London Aerodrome in 1910. In addition to training service and civilian pilots the company built aeroplanes of its own design and, during the First World War, other designs under licence. A victim of cancelled contracts after the Armistice, the company branched out briefly into motor vehicles and furniture manufacture but went into receivership in February 1924.
The RAF Museum opened its permanent exhibition to commemorate the WW1 aviators in the Claude Grahame-White Hangar in December 2014.
Enamel in good undamaged condition, with minor surface wear to the chrome finish. Two original lugs to the reverse and the letter 'M' stamped on the reverse of the King's crown ( perhaps for the maker Miller ? ). Circa 4.7cm tall and 4.1cm wide.
Partially used ration book issued to an H.J. Cazaly who lived in North Wales (address is very faded). Some retailer stamps for a grocer in Llanengan. A number of coupons removed, some pages with crossing out, but a fascinating insight into post war history.
Ration books were books which contained coupons that shopkeepers cut out or signed when people bought food and other items (you still paid for the goods with money).
They came in a number of different colours. 'The colour of your ration book was very important as it made sure you go the right amount and types of food needed for your health. Most adults had buff-coloured ration books (as in this case of the one for sale here). Green ration books were issued to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 5. They had first choice of fruit, a daily pint of milk and a double supply of eggs. Blue ration books were issued to children between 5 and 16 years of age. It was felt important that children had fruit, the full meat ration and half a pint of milk a day.
Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain ended at midnight on 4 July 1954, when restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat and bacon were lifted. This happened nine years after the end of the war!
Great collectable item or as a "bring-and-show" for your child's school project.
Scarce WW1 Volunteer Training Corps Mufti lapel badge, circa 1914 - 1915. An attractive enamel lapel buttonhole badge in enamel and glit. No damage to enamel. Reverse has been stamped with the number 74 and it bears makers marks for Vaughtons Ltd of Birmingham. Circa 4.2cm tall. Looks to have been lacquered but in excellent condition.
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