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Old 09-05-12, 01:33 PM
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Default The BONDY LIST of REPRODUCTIONS.

I finally came across the BONDY 1989 SALES LIST. For the Forum membership, here is the list with prices for the reproduction badges he offered in 1989. All of these reproductions are concerning, but for collectors there are some huge "red flags". The Prince Rupert Regiment MG, CMHQ sterling, Argyll and Sutherland Military School of Piping, RCAChC badges, Irish Regt kc sporran, Argyll Light Inf Tank badges, Cape Breton Highlanders with Canada, Victoria Rifles qc, Irish Regt qc sporran, Regina Rifles qc 10 battle honours... all very collectable, and all hard to find. These repros are good quality and hard to distinguish in many cases. The sterling Canadian Headquarters badge is one that frequently shows up. The scarcity of the authentic badges for comparison makes it very easy to pass the Bondy copies. They are now over 20 years old and have made their way into the market in a way that often gives them provenance.
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Old 09-05-12, 06:49 PM
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Hello Bill.....

"The sterling Canadian Headquarters badge is one that frequently shows up. The scarcity of the authentic badges for comparison makes it very easy to pass the Bondy copies."

I know that the two of these that I have are originals as they were given to me by people who served in C.M.H.Q. during WW2......

One being my Mother and another from a fellow War Bride, whom I used to call Aunty, who worked with my Mother and came to Canada on the same ship.....

I had my mothers badge for a while and a number of years ago she was along with my Aunty were invited to the M.C.C. of C. Convention and in looking at some of the display's they came across the badge...... She said to my mother that there is our badge..... The owner of the badge heard her say that and then questioned them both about the history with my ears pricked up at the same time.....

These badges with a pin back were worn by the female civilian staff as a form of identification while working in the CMHQ at Acton..... Mother then piped up and said that she remembered going into London to pick them up from maker and that she had somewhere in her papers the original invoice for them (have not found it yet)..... My Aunty said she had a picture somewhere of all the girls at CMHQ and it showed them wearing the badges..... I saw this picture a number of years ago and I have been promised that I am going to get the original at a later date......

I will see if I can get a copy to post......

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Old 09-05-12, 07:07 PM
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That would be great Mike. Do you have an image of the cap badge?
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Hello Bill.....

Yes I still have the badge.....

It was worn as a PIN not a cap badge as they were civilians until the CWAC came over to England.......

Mother remembers talking to Mary Dover when the CWAC took over their jobs but some of the girls stayed there......

Will try to post an old picture that I have......

Only one side I am sorry.......

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Here's the back. This example is hallmarked LS, lion, leopard's head, & E; indicating sterling, London, 1940. I have never been able to identify the maker "LS".
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Here are two LS makers marks, the L Spiers one looks a lot like yours:
http://www.silvercollection.it/engli...rmarksXL2.html

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