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A very scarce original 'Empire Day Movement supporters badge'; bronzed example in the form of a podium, displaying a patrtotic red, white and blue enamelled 'Union Flag' to the fore with titled plaque below. Excellent condition, retaining original pin fittings, enamel perfect. Contained in its original cardboard presentation box with printed blue inscription to the lid, this with minor age wear and slightly toned.
A scarce original First World War period 'Anti German Union 1915 Britain For The British patriotic badge' gilded brass oval example, title surround inlaid with white enamel, an additional inner in blue inscribed 'Good Queen Bess Expelled All Germans 1597' and the centre depicting the figure of 'Elizabeth 1'; the reverse with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel perfect, minor verdigris stains to Queen's right shoulder and 11 o'clock position.
The Anti German Union was founded in 1915, it changed its name in 1916 to the 'British Empire Union' 'B.E.U.', "Sir George Makgill" was Honorary Secretary, 'Lord Edward Illiffe' its treasurer and the organisation continued into the 1930's.
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