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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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'.
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.
A good original 1914 British made anti-German propaganda Kultur Cross crudely cast in iron exploiting the German Army's excesses, committed in Belgian and French towns and cities on or near the Western Front, between August and October 1914. Very good condition.
A scarce original Great War period 'London Telephone Service Air Raids Award badge'; large gilded brass Crowned circlet titled Air Raids with Latin motto 'Ducit Amor Patriae' (Love of country leads me), the centre bearing white enamel embossed 'LTS' cypher, on gilt ground. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel.
The 'London Telephone Service Air Raids badge' was awarded by the Postmaster General during the First World War 1914 to 1918, as a mark of recognition for the women telephone operators who voluntarily remained at their posts in the exchange during air raids in order that calls relating to aircraft, defence, police, fire brigade, ambulance and other matters of importance could be effected.
A rare original Great War period 'Newfoundland War Contingent Association Official Visitor badge'; large circular gilded brass example bearing an applied 'Caribou Head' on white enamel ground, within red enamel title surround; the reverse impressed with official issue number "41". Excellent condition, complete with original pin fittings pin a replacement, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, gilt finish remains bright.
Newfoundland War Contingent Association was formed in London in 1915. The aim was to provide welfare and comfort to the Newfoundlanders on active service overseas.
The "Lusitania" was sunk by a German submarine on May 7th 1915. She had on board at the time 1,951 passengers and crew, of whom 1,198 perished. This is "An exact replica of the medal which was designed in Germany and distributed to commemorate the sinking of the "Lusitania". It was struck in England during the Great War and issued by the 'Lusitania Souvenir Medal Committee' 32, Duke Street, Manchester Square W.1. with all profits going to the 'St. Dunstan's Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Hostel'.
Very good condition, complete with box of issue, this with scuffs and general age wear, lid with minor tear and complete with folded certificate..
Diameter approx 55mm.
A good scarce original 'National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiersr' gilt and enamel badge, the centre depicting a soldier and a sailor shaking hands; the reverse with unusual maker's details "J.W.Hood & Co Southampton". Good condition, retaining original buttonhole fitting, service wear.
National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers 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.
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