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    Default Air Raid Precations (ARP) Badges

    Being a bit strapped for cash lately and not wanting to stop collecting, I decided to go after some badges I have been after for a while as they realistically inexpensive. What is the ARP ? Its probably easiest you take a read here



    The early ARP lapel badges were made of sterling silver, after 1939 they were made out of a white metal with no markings to save on money.



    The dates for the letters on the hallmark are as follows:

    A=1936
    B=1937
    C=1938
    D=1939

    Men's badges came in a red box, while ladies badges came in a blue box though its rare to find any with a box these days. The mens and ladies also had a different back on them with mens being botton hole and ladies having a pinback.






    I believe there are a number of different maker marks, but the 3 I have purchased are all marked JC, which I believe were manufactured by Cartier.



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    I have come across a couple of Australian equivalent ARP badges on ebay and added them to the collection. This one for the Victorian ARP Auxilary Ambulance. For some reason, every state had different badges.


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    This one is for South Australia


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