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Comrades of The Great War large pattern officially numbered badge

A scarce original large pattern 'Comrades of The Great War' circular gilt and enamel badge, displaying a Union Flag to the centre, the reverse with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London' and impressed with official issue number '102688'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel, gilt remains bright.
Diameter 33mm.

Comrades of The Great War were formed in 1917 for ex-service men and women who had served or had been discharged from service during First World War. They were one of the original four ex-service associations that amalgamated in May 1921 to form The British Legion.

Code: 60368

25.00 GBP


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WW1 Comrades of The Great War Irish Maid of Erin badge

A scarce original 'Comrades of The Great War' gilt and enamel lapel badge, circular title inlaid with red enamel, the voided centre displaying a crowned 'Maid of Erin', the reverse impressed with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London' and issue Number '29373'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel, gilt finish remains bright, an excellent example.
Diameter 26mm.

Code: 60339

75.00 GBP


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1914-1918 British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association LESMA badge

A good original circa 1920's period 'British L.E.S.M.A. membership badge'; gilded brass triangular shaped example, displaying a green enamel shield inscribed '1914 1918' within laurel wreath and sprays. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, enamel intact, gilt remains bright.
Height 23mm.

Formed around the 1920's when limbless men gathered together to discuss their problems and to give support to each other. A group of such men in the Glasgow area banded together to form the first branch of the 'Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association'.

Code: 60272

25.00 GBP


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LEST WE FORGET Comrades of the Great War associate member badge

A scarce original circa 1920's 'Lest We Forget Comrades of The Great War associate member gilt and enamel badge' displaying a Union Flag to the centre, the reverse with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London' and impressed with very low official Issue Number '191'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel, gilt remains bright.
Height 31mm.

Code: 60221

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WW1 New Zealand War Contingent Association WCA official visitor badge

A scarce original First World War period British made 'New Zealand War Contingent Association badge'; Crowned gilt fern leaf wreath 'W.C.A.' at the base, blue enamel title circlet, the centre inscribed 'OFFICIAL VISITOR' on white enamel ground. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel perfect, gilt finish remains bright.
Height 33mm.

War Contingent Association W.C.A. was formed in 1914 within ten days of the outbreak of First World War to raise funds, equip and support hospitals, convalescent homes, and canteens for wounded New Zealand soldiers across Britain.

Code: 60202

120.00 GBP


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WW1 The Wounded Stripe No.4 official uniform sleeve badge

A good original First World War period gilded brass 'Wound Badge', the reverse stamped in relief "AB ) Prov Pat 7342-17(No.4". Very good condition, complete with two loop fittings and split pin. Backing plate now absent.
Length 52mm.

Code: 60073

20.00 GBP


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WW1 Prisoner of War Help officially numbered badge

A scarce original First World War period 'Prisoner of War Help badge'; circular gilded brass example, the centre displaying embossed blue enamel intertwined initials 'PW' within a white title surround; the reverse Impressed with official issue number '4611' and maker's details 'Thomas Fattorini Bolton'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel, gilt finish remains bright.
Diameter 27mm.

Code: 60024

45.00 GBP


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Australian War Contingent Association London 1915 committee badge

A very scarce First World War period '1915 Australian War Contingent Association committee badge'; large gilded brass disc surmounted by rising sun, the central embossed Kangaroo and Emu within title surround and 1915, with an applied blue enamel 'Committee' scroll below. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, minor service wear to enamel and gilt finish.
Height 38mm.

The Australian War Contingent Association distributed gifts to Australian soldiers overseas during the First World War, they also provided other comforts such as personal clothing, excursions and hospital visits for wounded soldiers in hospital in England.

Code: 59797

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WW1 THE BETTER 'OLE British Army & Navy Leave Club Paris badge Barnsfather cartoon

A very scarce original post 1915 Great War period English made soldier souvenir badge from a leave club based in Paris France 'The Better 'Ole'; large circular gilded brass highly enamelled example, displaying a 'Union Jack flag', the central white disc bearing part of the Bruce Barnsfather cartoonist quip, the reverse embossed 'Souvenir - British Army & Navy Leave Club - Paris'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, gilt finish remains bright.
Diameter 30mm.

On the 24 November 1915, The Bystander magazine published what would become Bairnsfather’s most famous cartoon 'Well, if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it!'.

Code: 59789

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Old Contemptibles Association 1914 Aug 5 To Nov 22 chums lapel badge

A scarce original post 1925 'Old Contemptibles Association' bronzed badge, the reverse with maker's details 'Toye & Co Ld London', 'Reg. No 726347' and stamped with official issue number '2375C'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting.
Height 24mm.

The Old Contemptibles Association was founded by Capt JP Danny of the Royal Artillery on June 25th 1925, all members were known as "chums" and were the survivors of the First British Expeditionary Force of August-November 1914.

Code: 59673

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FROM HAROLD TO MOTHER carved jet military button sweetheart brooch

A unique Great War period brooch in the form of circular piece of polished spiral fluted edged Jet stone, set with a military 'General Service Button' to the centre with engraved surround 'From Harold to Mother'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, button with sevice wear.
Diameter approx 30mm.

Code: 59592

60.00 GBP


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WW1 Queen Mary's Workshop Brighton staff badge

A scarce original First World War period gilt and enamel badge; Crowned circlet 'Hope Welcomes All Who Enter Here' enclosing the letter 'M' with title scroll below 'Queen Mary's Workshop Brighton'. Very good condition, complete with original loop fitting, enamel intact, the surface with minor service wear.
Height 37mm.

The Queen Mary's Workshop Brighton was established in 1914 for soldiers badly injured whilst fighting for King and Country, with limbs having been amputated and feelings of despair the workshop brought new hope in providing training in new skills such as boot making, typewriting etc, thus providing new trades for these disabled men and securing their future.

There is a WW1 British Pathe News strip available to watch on the web of the 'Queen Mary's Workshop Brighton' which shows a longshot of this badge being worn by a member of staff.

Code: 59505

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WW1 Bradford Wounded Transport Service joint war committee badge

A very scarce original First World War period gilt and enamel badge, the centre bearing a Maltese Cross with circular title 'Bradford Wounded Transport Service', the reverse with maker's details "Fattorini & Sons Bradford". Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel.
Height 30mm.

Bradford Joint Committee the Wounded Transport Service was initiated October 1915, when Bradford's offer of a War Hospital St. Luke's had been accepted by the War Office.

Code: 59364

80.00 GBP


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WW1 Hampshire Cyclist Battn territorial uniformed soldier gold locket

A scarce original Great War memento in the form of a double sided gold locket with portrait photograph of a First World War other ranks army soldier wearing a khakii cap displaying a Hampshire Cyclist Battalion cap badge, his tunic with clear image of a 'Territorial Force Imperial Service Volunteer' breast badge, the reverse with photograph of young boy with resembling features, all held in place by a narrow sprung gold frame bearing Chester 9 carat gold hallmarks for 1904, the inside accessible via the top ring which can be unscrewed. Very good condition, images remains clear.
Diameter 31mm.

Code: 59325

120.00 GBP


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League of Honour 1914 patriotic women of the British Empire badge

A good original Great War period 'League of Honour 1914' celluloid tin button badge; the centre depicting the red cross St. George flag, over laurel sprays on white ground within a blue band title surround. Very good condition, complete with original pin fitting, colour remains bright.
Diameter 25mm.

Established at the outbreak of the war and for its duration, with women and girls members pledging to uphold the honour of the Empire and its defenders by prayer, purity, and temperance. The League's motto was 'Strength and Honour'.

Code: 59319

20.00 GBP


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WW1 Territorial Force Imperial Service Volunteer uniform breast badge

A good original First World War period 'Imperial Service' die-cast nickel badge, worn on the uniform above right pocket by Territorial Force Soldiers who had Volunteered for Overseas Service during the Great War. Very good condition, complete with its original substantial pin fittings.
Width 42mm.
Height 26mm.

Code: 59266

25.00 GBP


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Territorial Force Imperial Service Volunteer uniform badge by Armfields

A scarce original First World War period 'Imperial Service' die-cast nickel plated badge with unusual maker's details 'Armfields Birm', worn on the uniform above right pocket by Territorial Force Soldiers who had Volunteered for Overseas Service during the Great War. Very good condition, complete with original substantial pin fittings.
Width 44mm.
Height 27mm.

Code: 59248

35.00 GBP


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War Declared August 4th 1914 Union Jack flag patriotic badge

A scarce original circa 1914 patriotic gilt badge, in the form of a large white enamel horseshoe bearing the title 'One Flag, One Crown, One Empire, One People', multi colured Union Jack within, title below 'War Declared Aug 4th 1914'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel perfect.
Height 30mm.

Code: 59161

80.00 GBP


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WW1 Alf’s Button soldiers good luck charm badge

A scarce original First World War period Good Luck Charm in the form of a gilt button style badge, the surround inscribed “1st Battalion Good Luck Regiment”, to the centre a horseshoe in which the title “Alf’s Button” rests, Very good condition, complete with original pin fitting, minor age wear.
Diameter 24mm.

'Alf’s Button' would have been purchased by a loved one and worn behind the collar of the soldiers uniform as a form of 'Good Luck'.

Code: 59094

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WW1 The Wounded Stripe No.4 official uniform sleeve badge

A good original example of a First World War period gilded brass 'Wound Badge', the reverse stamped in relief "AB ) Prov Pat,7342-17(No.4", complete with backing plate stamped "The Wounded Stripe Prov No.4 Pat". Very good condition, complete with two loop fittings and split pin.
Length 51mm.

Code: 59081

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