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Old 27-10-21, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by mike_vee View Post
Just arrived , a large Gaunt button hole fitting badge. These were made/issued from 1921 - 1928 .

Well , it is a guaranteed 1921 badge and possibly one issued in the first month (or even week) , it has a three digit number 842 !

Approximately 18,100 members joined in 1921 and by 1928 there were roughly 220,000 members , so a nice addition to my collection.

Originally Posted by mike_vee View Post
The second badge is to fill a gap in my collection , a large Honorary badge but the early Gaunt version (3334) which must date it before 1928.
I spotted two Gaunt 'Honorary' badges , complete with original boxes , the seller stated they were 20mm . This would indicate post 1945 but the numbers on them didn't fit with the time period (no prefix letter).

At £30.00 for the pair I took a risk ! (As I had just won £30.00 on lottery it was not too bad ).

They just arrived , they are very early large Gaunt buttonhole badges numbered 848 and 859 and although the boxes are a bit grimy the badges are in great condition.

As there were roughly 18,100 fee paying members of the BL in 1921 and that 'honorary' membership was limited to 10% it is possible/probable that these badges were issued in 1921 !

So , it is always worth double checking listings as sellers can make errors if they don't know about specific markings/dates.

NB: Badges look better 'in hand' than original photos.

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File Type: jpg 848 badge.jpg (40.8 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg 848 Box.jpg (45.0 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg 859 Badge.jpg (49.7 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg 859 Box.jpg (53.8 KB, 2 views)
British Legion/Royal British Legion , Poppy/Remembrance/Commemorative.

Poppy and British Legion Wanted

Last edited by mike_vee; 27-10-21 at 01:05 PM.
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