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Or saying cheap but the Gaunt mark to the rear is unclear. Not often we see this badge popping up though.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125069070...kAAOSwKpJhxvR9
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Has it been coated/painted with something ?

Not one I'd be interested in.

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Looks to be chrome plated or something.

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Both Wylie and Gaunt examples can often be found nickel plated and some do have a finer jeweller type hinge to their reverse.


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Not one I'd be interested in.

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Both Wylie and Gaunt examples can often be found nickel plated and some do have a finer jeweller type hinge to their reverse.
This confuses me

Standard brass badges are produced by both Gaunt and Wylie , they are made with the same 'basic' pin fitting and stamped with an "issue" number .

At some point the 'finer jeweller type hinge' and plating are applied or did the manufacturers make individually numbered 'special' badges ?

Or is it possible that the original hinge was damaged and replaced before the badge was 'plated' ????

NB. The badge in the original post now appears as "This listing has ended" , no mention of it being sold. The seller had a basic brass Wylie version with a price tag of £22.99 that they sold for a "best offer" earlier this month.

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I think, based upon the numbers extant, these badges were deliberately manufactured, they are certainly not repaired.
A precedent had already been set with the plated 1915 badges, I would assume to distinguish between a worker and a chargehand/manageress, so you end up with a badge of office/rank and a way to recognise a particular individual without initially knowing her name.


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This confuses me

Standard brass badges are produced by both Gaunt and Wylie , they are made with the same 'basic' pin fitting and stamped with an "issue" number .

At some point the 'finer jeweller type hinge' and plating are applied or did the manufacturers make individually numbered 'special' badges ?

Or is it possible that the original hinge was damaged and replaced before the badge was 'plated' ????

NB. The badge in the original post now appears as "This listing has ended" , no mention of it being sold. The seller had a basic brass Wylie version with a price tag of £22.99 that they sold for a "best offer" earlier this month.

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I think, based upon the numbers extant, these badges were deliberately manufactured, they are certainly not repaired.
A precedent had already been set with the plated 1915 badges, I would assume to distinguish between a worker and a chargehand/manageress, so you end up with a badge of office/rank and a way to recognise a particular individual without initially knowing her name.
I have seen the 'finer jeweller type hinge' on other badges but have personally not seen it on other OWS 1916 badges , was it used by both Gaunt and Wylie ?

Sally Bosley's site has a Gaunt '1916 Munition Workers nickel plated trianglular badge' which has the basic pin fitting.

Regarding the "precedent" with the plated 1915 badges , I can find no information that these were specifically made/issued to identify the chargehand/manageress. Both “On War Service” Badges, 1914-19 The Official Issues by Ton Tulloch-Marshall and the later "British “On War Service” Badges 1914-1919" by Tony James make no mention at all about there being a different/special plated badge.

While there have been suggestions/theories there was also the idea that the letters on the 1915 badges were indicative of occupations (which they weren't) , as Tony James notes at the end of his article :

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PS. Is the plated badge you "snapped up" made by Gaunt or Wylie and can you post a photo ?


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Has it been coated/painted with something ?

Not one I'd be interested in.

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Hi Mike

Wonder if that mark you have so keenly picked up on (U C? L C?) isn't the initials of the owner, much as I have an unplated example with an initial and surname stamped thereon.
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Default Named 1916 badge

Here is the named badge. Ernest Shackleton's sister?
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I'm not convinced that the "chrome" finish is original/period and the fact that the badge hasn't been snapped up would indicate that others may also have doubts.

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Cannot say that I am too keen on the maker mark to the reverse. Poor photos…..I would have expected real interest if it was any good.
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I think the photography is certainly very unclear, you could ask the seller to send you better images.


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Or saying cheap but the Gaunt mark to the rear is unclear. Not often we see this badge popping up though.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125069070...kAAOSwKpJhxvR9
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