For sale is a Rare WW2 British Home Front ‘German Silver’ Economy Made ARP Air Raid Precautions Badge. This badge is manufactured by Marples & Beasley Birmingham.
For war economy reasons from February 1940 the ARP badges were made in "German silver" - usually 60% copper with 20% nickel and 20% zinc (thus no actual silver) by commercial manufacturers such JR Gaunt and Marples & Beasley. Both half moon and brooch varieties were manufactured. Silver type badges were designated "Badges and Brooches No.1" and the German Silver badges "Badges and Brooches No.2". The German silver badges were presented in smaller presentation boxes (most likely due to wartime restrictions).
By October 1938 the Home Office asked for authority to increase the number of badges ordered to 950,000. By February 1939, over 800,000 badges had been issued. These ARP badge are either silver hallmarked or 925 stamped. Where as they ‘german silver’ arp badges don’t contain any silver!
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