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Old 02-08-19, 04:24 AM
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Hi all

Here's an OWS badge that is a little different. Firstly it's fairly small (around 20mm) and also it would appear that the body of the badge is struck but the detail involves what I believe is painting enamel.

Possibly the same technique that was used on porcelain and you often see this on Masonic medals and the like. It does however mean that it is more prone to damage and cannot be easily repaired.

The badge is a pin back style and I was able to find Granite Boot Co with some ease. They specialised in "quarry boots" so probably also made that footwear that ruined the feet of our Tommies so effectively...

Sorry, I've just previewed this post and, yes, the badge is small but my limited PC skills have made it minute.......

Will post a better one later!
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Old 02-08-19, 04:42 AM
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A much better attempt this time!

Upon reflection, this technique was probably used for small runs of badges and maybe involved something similar to a "transfer print". The making of a die to strike this badge was probably an unnecessary expense for the number that were to be produced.

I have at least two OWS badges where they have clearly used a "stock badge" and then hand-engraved the name of the company on it. One like this that comes to mind is "Tingey & Co"
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Old 02-08-19, 07:25 AM
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Hi,

very nice and very interesting! The sheer scale of different unofficial badges staggers me, but between you and CharlieDog, we have a great reference.

Cheers, Tim
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Old 04-08-19, 09:34 PM
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Hi Tim

Thanks for that. There is, however, another collector in the UK who could knock us both into a cocked hat with his work on this subject. I was supplying him with images which he was working on to make clearer and adding info to them, much like Charlie Dog has done (great work there by the way!)

He was going to put out a booklet on them so I should check and see where he has got to on this.
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