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A scarce original pre 1 August 1940 '58th (Middlesex) Anti-Aircraft Battalion of the Royal Engineers Territorial Army special lapel badge'; gilded brass crowned shield inlaid with blue enamel depicting a diagonal searchlight in white with an aircraft in its beam with 'RE' above and 'TA' below, resting within the title 'IN DEFENCE OF HARROW'; the reverse impressed with maker's details 'Toye & Co London' and official low issue number '184'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole lapel fitting, enamel intact.
The '58th Anti-Aircraft Battn Royal Engineers TA' headquarters were at Elmgrove Road, Harrow. On 1 August 1940 it was transferred to the 'RA' being redesignated as the '58th (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery'.
A good original unmarked silver badge, made by the Royal Mint and issued to all members of the Territorial Army, officer's and other ranks. The reverse with official issue number "296015". Very good condition, retaining original silver plated brass buttonhole fitting, now slightly twisted.
Issue of this badge ceased in September 1939 when the TA became an integral part of the Army. With the revival of the TA in 1947 a further supply of badges with pin fittings for female members were issued.
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