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Old 12-05-19, 12:38 PM
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OK, so the 9ct is obviously for outstanding service to the BL
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The irony of it is that many deserving members never get recognised because the formation (normally a branch) cannot afford the cost of the gold badge, currently about 350ish
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A really interesting post! It has certainly added to my knowledge of this item.

I've also got a large, unengraved BL badge in its original box of issue. If of interest, I'll post the details of the engraved badge. A photo might be harder as the engraver has skillfully engraved beneath the "half moon" clip. The skill of some amazes me....

Still keen to know about the silver badge.....
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OK, so the 9ct is obviously for outstanding service to the BL but the silver one? Thoughts?
Haven't seen any mention of a silver badge ..... anywhere !

Could it have been a 'one off' special commission ?

You say there is no hallmark which is unusual but not unheard of , Bosley's has sold a couple of BLWS gold badges that only have a makers mark (Birmingham Medal Company) and 9ct Gold stamp but no assay office markings.

Another factor could have been cost , sending an item to the assay office would increase the price of the badge ?
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Gold Jewellery does not have to be hallmarked if it weighs under 1 gram - Over that weight it should be!
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Old 14-05-19, 02:34 AM
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I really appreciate your input.

Yes, I'd heard that having something assayed adding to the cost while not necessarily making it more valuable.

I recall talking with a jeweller sent to the UK for some extra training. He said that you would see the rings all assembled on a bench waiting to be marked up at the Assay Office.

I bought the BL badge from eBay from a fairly blurry pic and thought that it might have been plated. A nice surprise when it turned out not to be!

I'll check and see if there's a maker but I think that it might be our old friends J.R. Gaunt....
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Yes, I'd heard that having something assayed adding to the cost while not necessarily making it more valuable.
Just checked the London Assay Office site to get an idea of costs for hallmarking.

12 articles in a packet = 13.00 per packet.

3 articles or over in a packet = 18 per packet + 1 per article.

On top of that add VAT + return postage ( As appropriate plus 3.25 per shipment)


As most manufacturers would be sending multiple items the costs wouldn't be that great , especially for gold. But for single custom made items , especially silver , the additional costs (13.00 + VAT + appropriate postage x2 + shipment 3.25) would add a lot to the final cost of the item.
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Hi All,

I got this British Legion badge yesterday and was wondering if anyone had come across one before.

It is the older style badge but has a pin fitting rather than the usual horseshoe you would expect.

Michael
Have just been sorting out my BL badges and found all the ones I have with pin fittings .

Sorry for quality of photo , think when I get time (and money) I may get all my BL/RBL badges professionally photographed.
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Hi all

A brief search located the large silver BL badge. It is just marked "SILVER" and then "BMCo" (Birmingham Medal Co).

A 9ct large badge that I possess has the "service details" for the owner engraved on the reverse.

He was Chairman of the Wimbledon branch (Great Uncle Bulgaria was the Secretary....) for seven years and was Hon Auditor for thirteen years (unlucky for some...).

A very kind UK-based contact has produced his MIC for me showing service with the East Surreys (F & F, with award of trio). Discharged as Class "Z"" in 1919.
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Hi Michael

A nice collection of BL items. I have a badge for the Port Sunlight BL branch if I remember correctly. They must have been "squeaky clean".....

I am thinking of parting with a small 9ct badge (hallmarked 1967-68). Good order, no damage. PM if keen!
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The only silver BL items I have are a 1934 East Anglia Area Bowls tournament semifinalist medal (hallmarked) and a 1937/38 Metropolitan Area Inter games winner medal (hallmarked) , got them reasonably cheap (5.00 each).

I'd love to get a full set of the gold badges but for the moment they are just 'wish list' items.

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