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Old 22-02-22, 12:32 PM
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WW2 era part economy badges with a mixture of gilt and bullion crown and fronds. I don't know for certain if any company ever produced these say, in the 1920s or 30s, but its unlikely as bullion crown and fronds was the approved pattern. However, as the bullion was running out / ran out during WW2 it resulted in these 'half and half' badges. Its also likely that in the immediate post war era companies used up the gilt 'economy' components.

As an example of the order that went around to certain commands was one that was sent to the Air Training Corps in early April 1944, when peaked caps were authorised for the first time for officers. '...Officers are notified that, owing to an acute shortage of the gold wire used in officers' cap badges in all three services, a cap badge made of other materials is now generally available which is almost indistinguishable from the standard pattern...' (Air Training Corps Instruction A.263/44)
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