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Old 04-10-21, 09:42 AM
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I am wondering if anyone can help in identifying this badge. A friend purchased it quite some time ago as part of a collection of WW1 badges, but has never been able to ID it. Judging by its construction, it appears to be a local/field made example and is made from solid nickel and brass. Its shape would suggest that it may originate from India, North Africa, or the Middle East but the inclusion of the stamped “WC-CC” initials would seem to indicate a Western connection. Stamped into the slider on the reverse is a small maker’s stamp with the initials “SM”. It is 34mm (1 1/3”) long not including the slider. Any help would be gratefully received.
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Old 04-10-21, 11:17 AM
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Hello 25RF, welcome to the Forum. Your account is active and open for posts.
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Old 04-10-21, 11:38 AM
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Women's C? C? Committee?
Something along those lines?x
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I doubt very much this is a military badge. It looks like a sweetheart badge to me, probably locally made by a jeweller or in a bazaar somewhere like North Africa. There is nothing military about the design and I'd suggest the 'WC' and 'CC' are probably the initials of a husband and wife. The back fixing with 'slider' facing both up and down looks like a buttonhole fixing for a man.
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Women's C? C? Committee?
Something along those lines?x
Thank you for taking the time to respond and for your suggestion, it is much appreciated.
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I doubt very much this is a military badge. It looks like a sweetheart badge to me, probably locally made by a jeweller or in a bazaar somewhere like North Africa. There is nothing military about the design and I'd suggest the 'WC' and 'CC' are probably the initials of a husband and wife. The back fixing with 'slider' facing both up and down looks like a buttonhole fixing for a man.
Thanks for your suggestions. Some good observations there, which certainly make sense. I hadn't considered the reason for the part of the slider facing upwards. Both the groups of letters ending with a 'C' would fit with it being a husband & wife's initials. Thank you for help, it is very kind of you.
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Pleasure!

Expanding a little, the initials could be for brothers (or siblings) with the item sent to a mother.
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My guess would be ? ? Cricket Club or ? ? Cycling Club.

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My guess would be ? ? Cricket Club or ? ? Cycling Club.

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Another good suggestion, thank you Rob. Yes, maybe a locally made lapel badge for an ex-pat's cricket or cycling club?
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Expanding a little, the initials could be for brothers (or siblings) with the item sent to a mother.
That is a possibility also. Thank you.
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Default Shaw Munster maker's mark

SM on the slider could be maker Shaw Munster, producing for more than 150 Years and still active:
https://shawmunstergroup.co.uk

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A Shaw Munster slider adapted for use on a locally made item?
A certain amount of care and effort's gone into manufacture and yet the stamping of the Initials is all over the shop.
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SM on the slider could be maker Shaw Munster, producing for more than 150 Years and still active:
https://shawmunstergroup.co.uk

Tim
Thanks Tim, that is interesting. I am wondering if the slider could have been removed from a Shaw Muster badge and reused on this item.
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A Shaw Munster slider adapted for use on a locally made item?
A certain amount of care and effort's gone into manufacture and yet the stamping of the Initials is all over the shop.
Thanks for your suggestion. That is a good point you have made. The maker's stamp on the slider indicates that that part was professionally manufactured, but the rest of the badge has quite obviously been hand fashioned, probably in a local bazaar as 'Padre' suggested earlier. The slider has been attached with lead solder and judging by how oxidised it is, was done a long time ago. It was probably made up from materials which were to hand at the time.
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I would suggest its a trench made piece. As the others have said a gift sent home, from a husband to a wife.
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