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Latvian pre-WW2 “Latvijas Aizsardzes” Paramilitary Org Brooch

Article about: Hello. I just purchased what was described to me as a brooch for the Latvian “Latvijas Aizsardzes” (LA) – the paramilitary force in Latvia between 1919 and 1940. When researching the L

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    Hello. I just purchased what was described to me as a brooch for the Latvian “Latvijas Aizsardzes” (LA) – the paramilitary force in Latvia between 1919 and 1940. When researching the LA though, and seeing badges from that time period, the symbolism on this brooch does not match – especially the swastika – or as the seller said, a ‘rune.’ I, of course, have a number of questions:

    1. is this a real LA article?
    2. if so, is it a brooch, or something else?
    3. if it is LA, what is significance of the swastika/rune?
    4. is it dated pre-1940?
    5. it is 875 silver. It also has the mintmark ‘BB’ – do you know what this is for?
    6. do you know if this ‘brooch’ was common or rare?

    Any and all answers would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Linas
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    Hi there 1)Yes it is Latvian article. 2)It is a brooch from first independent republic of Latvia times pre ww2 from paramilitary civilian organisation mens where called Aizsargi(defenders) and womens aizsardzes(defenderes) in this case it is from womens organisation! 3)LA-Latvijas Aizsardzes(Latvian Defenderers) thous two which you call runes in Latvia we call a Fire crosses! 4) As far as I know this brooch was first issued in 1925 and where issued till 1940 when Soviet Union occupy us! 5) BB probably is maker but at the moment I cant tell you which one! 6) 14,810 women officially where in organisation so how many more where issued I dont know!Also I dont know is this original item or just some copy as I have never saw original one just find some info for you without pictures,but description about brooch seems to be right!
    Regards Rolands

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    Thank you Rolands!

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