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    Just obtained this badge from a collector who has had it for 40 years. I belive it to be a British fascist badge. Thoughts ?Attachment 923388Attachment 923390Attachment 923393Attachment 923395Attachment 923396

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    I've never seen anything like it before. It is certainly nothing to do with any of the main British fascist groups of the 1920s and 30s. Very bizarre that it includes a Nazi style eagle holding a Communist hammer and sickle, with a star beneath, another Communist symbol. It may relate to some very obscure 'national Bolshevist' grouplet or perhaps be a film prop.

    I shall refer to an expert on British fascist badges and see what he says.

    Philip

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    Thanks for your reply. I think it may be an anti communist symbol with Britannia triumphing over the reds? As far as film prop I have my doubts as it does appear to be solid sterling silver.
    cheers
    garry

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    Quote by badger51 View Post
    I think it may be an anti communist symbol with Britannia triumphing over the reds? As far as film
    Yes, good point, that would seem to rule out the film prop option.

    If Britannia is trampling on the Communist symbols, she is also treading on the Nazi eagle, which seems to argue against the fascist attribution! These symbols also seem to have as a background the wartime 'V' for victory symbol.

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    I'm sure i've seen this badge/broach before, i think it was a patriotic item about Britain making a stand against the nazi/soviet pact!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Could be early war , when the Germans and Soviets still had a treaty , the Phony war period . You must remember that the Soviets were viewed as an Enemy until Germany Invaded .

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    I see one of these badges was auctioned in 2012. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item...ommunist-badge. The attribution to the 'British Union of Fascists & National Socialists(1932-1940)' in incorrect

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    Another one auctioned in 2015: British Sterling Silver 1930's Political Badge, in art deco style showing Britannia with union ja

    There was also one for sale by Snyder's Treasures, which isn't very confidence inspiring! http://www.snyderstreasures.com/page...ivilbadges.htm

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    Having dug a bit deeper, it appears that the ARO mark is for a Mexican company. For example, it also appears on the brooch shown below. The vendor of the brooch states: 'A sterling silver "feathered arrow within a circle " brooch, signed "ARO STERLING" on the back. Aro was a Taxco Mexico silversmith company. Most "ARO" brooches are signed Taxco Mexico" but this one isn't.' The ARO mark is also mentioned in The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks: Hecho en Mexico, By Bille Hougart, p. 226.

    So this certainly isn't a badge made for any British organisation. Might some Canadian patriotic group commissioned it? Is that likely? Its a crude design, apparently executed by someone with little artist talent. It also seems that the symbols - Britannia etc. were probably quite alien to the silversmith and this is reflected in strange way that they are executed.

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    You normally find items marked STERLING were made outside the UK as most silver items made in the UK have a Silver Hallmark on them

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