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Silver military badges - hallmarking

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    An interesting issue regarding silver badges: British hallmarking system has been well established for centuries (makerís mark, city assayer office mark, silver standard mark,i.e. sterling or Britania standard, and date letter). There is no need to comment many faked ``sweetheart badges`` stamped ``sterling`` or ``sterling silver`` I wonder if genuine pieces in silver were issued without being fully hallmarked during WW I and WW II (hallmarking is in fact introduced to ensure taxation on silver). It is reasonable that silversmiths have been exempted from taxation for military items Ė it would have been unfair to impose taxation on them for obvious reasons, although there are fully marked badges with date letters that match the Great War dating (mostly Birmingham and London). I find it an interesting topic.
    Has anybody researched this issue?
    Last edited by PROF DR IVAN MILOVIC; 03-02-2011 at 08:39 PM. Reason: wrong spelling

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