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Medallions and badges


Huge crown sized silver 1760 George III coronation medallion

George III , the official silver medal for the coronation, 1761, by L. Natter, laur. and armoured bust r., variety with thinner bust with longer face, rev. King enthroned, crowned by standing Britannia, PATRIAE. OVANTI , normal Latin date MDCCLXI , 34mm. (Eimer 694; BHM 23A)

Staggering find - Huge Saxon/Viking medallion

11.20g, 27.95mm


Admiral Edward Boscawen at the battle of Porto Bello 1737,37.27mm dia

This is a stunning huge gilded medallion find of a famous British Hero Earl St Vincent

38.13 mm dia 24.15g

obv Defeated the Spanish Fleet St Vincent

Rev Feb 14th 1797 four ships taken off Cape St Vincent - Valour rewarded

February 14th 1997 marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, the first of the important series of Horatio Nelson's naval victories leading up to the bicentennial of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005.

Lord Wellington campaign medallion 1809 -15






Royal Arch Masons Jewel Deo Regi Fratribus Honor Fidelitas Benevolentia

Huge Victorian silver badge - one side is Latin and other reads Beauty, Wisdom, Truth, Concord, Strength

9.0g, 47mm H - Maker Spencer of London

Deo regi fratribus honor fidelitas benevolentia" -
God, King, Brother, Fidelity, Benevolence

"Every Royal Arch Mason is entitled to wear the Jewel of the Degree".

Fascinating relic - 1901 - 1910 Edward VII pendant with young Edward and wife on one side and old Edward on other side

This amazing huge copper relic, that I though initially was a monster medieval religious find, turns out not to be as it appears . When I blew up the photo I noticed a MADE IN GREECE mark next to the double bust- This had me completely fooled. Still a neat find but not a 1000 years old LOL

Love & Lamented Crowned July 1821 - George IV King of Great Britain

Ivory Castle league badge

From the 1950s, a large number of health authorities established their own branded campaigns with varying success. 

The Oral Hygiene Service, founded by the very successful Ivory Castle League, was however a commercial company which developed very effective campaigns.


Victorian commemorative medal
King and Empire, Services rendered metal. What a neat find
Religious Pendant probably 19thC
Medallion probably late 1800's
Canadian Don cleaned up this particularly nice Colchester Royal Grammar school medal
William coronation medal 1831
George V silver hallmarked commemerative medal 1911
George IV medal
North Peckham badge
Nazi badge from a crashed Dornier bomber
20thC Ormond cycling club
'The soldiers friend born' Aug 16th 1765
19thC Teddy tail league
20thC PWI HELI ? badge
'Stormy Weather ' enamelled badge - no idea what that means LOL

This is a badge of the " Primrose League "

Information kindley updated by Tim Burt

A small meeting was opened at the Carlton Club in London on the 17th November 1883 and the 'Primrose Tory League' (the Tory part of the title was soon to be dropped) was launched by Lord Randolph Churchill, (father of Sir Winston Churchill), Mr. (later Sir) John Gorst, Sir H. Drummond Wolff, Mr. Percy Mitford, Colonel Fred Burnaby, Sir Alfred Slade and others, who constituted themselves the Grand Council of the Primrose League.

St John's ambulance badge
Neat find - Essex police badge(b)
Enamelled badge probably 20thC
Heraldic pendant with traces of red,blue and green enamelling remaining, First Earl of Lancaster, Edmond " Crunchback" , son of King Henry III. Around the end of `1200's
Benets Artefact book page 171 .Roman Eagle, spread wings with feathers, mount perhaps from a military standard
Springbock badge - union strength
Early Medieval looking hammered pendant(c)
Victoria 50th jubilee medal 1887
League of Youth badge, probably 20thC
Large George VI and Elizabeth II commemorative medal
June 1830 William IIII medallion
WWI flying badge - 1.05g, 14.64mm

20thC lapel badge

Transport & General Workers Union

20thC Red Cross badge
Enamelled badge
German Eagle insignia
Edward VII 1902 Medallion
20thC girl guides badge
Medieval shield mount with red enamelling remaining - not sure what the symbol means

161 Athletes Volunteer force badge

September 20, 1914, Sunday

LONDON, Sept 19. -- The English soccer players have got together and formed an organization called "The Athletes' Volunteer Force" for home service, which enables them to keep their engagements with their various clubs during the football season. Many well-known players are already at the front, and they have been followed this week by Lintott of Leeds City, Crab-tree of the Blackburn Rovers, Evans of Aston Villa, and Kelsall of Sunderland

CLB Junior Training Corp badge

The Church Lads Brigade was formed at St. Andrews Church, Fulham, in 1891.  From this one Company started by Walter Mallock Gee, the then secretary of the Church of England Temperance Society, the organization grew rapidly.  With cornerstones of the Brigades work being strong Christian principles and healthy physical activity, the numbers grew to having up to 8,000 on parade at the Royal Review of 1908.  Meanwhile the Rev. Thomas Milner at a Kilburn Parish Church opened the first company for girls in 1901. Originally they were known as the Church Nursing and Ambulance Brigade for Young Women and Girls, until 1923 when they became an Incorporated Society known as the Church Girls Brigade.  A major reorganization in 1936 freed them from all military meaning and intention.  The Brigades continued their work through the Second World War and after. 

1851 Victorian medallion - Crystal palace


Cost £150,000'

July 9th 1821 George IV copper medallion

Coronation of George IV of England


With the country at war and all able-bodied men needed to fight, there was a shortage of labour to work on farms and in other jobs on the land. At the same time it was becoming increasingly difficult to get food imported from abroad, so more land needed to be farmed to provide homegrown food. The Women's Land Army provided much of the labour force to work this land.

S.Vincenzo Di Paolo

La Sza Vergine Dolorosa

'Way of the Cross '

WWII Womans land Army badge
Victorian Coronation medallion June 26th 1838
Brilliant condition Duke of Wellington coin commemorating the battles of Salamanca, Rodrigo and of course Waterloo against Napoleon
1910- 1935 George V silver Jubilee Medallion

1815 Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819), Prussian Field Marshal

The Battle of Waterloo, 1815 commemorative coin - great find

British field sports enameled badge
Essex badge
West of England House, The cheapest goods in all England Est 1825 Newcastle, Sunderland
July 1818 Queen Adelaide/ Willam IIII marriage medallion

1825 D.Hill & Co Wollen maufacturers, clothiers, drapers, shipowners,shippers, outfitters to all parts of the world


18thC guinea gaming token

20thC Advertising token

20 words 6 pence in the Daily Chronicle - 2 pence every additional 8 words - 3 times for the price of 2 - Clerkenwell News (London)

1817 Portuguese 50 Reis copper coin
1861 German counter Kaiser Konig V

Giuseppe Garibaldi (July 4, 1807 – June 2, 1882) was an Italian military and political figure. In his twenties, he joined the Carbonari Italian patriot revolutionaries, and had to flee Italy after a failed insurrection. He then contributed to the independence of Uruguay, leading the Italian Legion in the Uruguayan Civil War, and afterwards returned to Italy as a commander in the conflicts of the Risorgimento.

He has been dubbed the "Hero of the Two Worlds" in tribute to his military expeditions in both South America and Europe.[1] He is considered an Italian national hero.

Queen Victoria 60th year medallion


'A badge for a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in bronze and dating somewhere around C13/14th possibly very slightly later . This is a very scarce item and it relates to The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem being a Catholic chivalric order of Knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon, principal leader of the First Crusade. According to reliable sources in the Vatican and Jerusalem, it began in historical reality as a mixed clerical and lay confraternity (association) of pilgrims which gradually grew around the most central of the Christian holy places in the Middle East, the Holy Sepulchre or the tomb of Jesus Christ.This would have been a pin for a member of the order , there is a mark on the reverse where the original pin would have been fixed '

Arabic lettering on an enamelled badge ??

Admiral Edward Boscawen at the battle of Porto Bello 1737,37.27mm dia

1909 Clacton and District Inter Club league silver medallion - Birmingham hall mark
Victorian centennial festival for the Queen

Dateline: Circa 1930s

Red enamelled pin for the 'Cherry Coons Club'. With Eb' and Flo'. .

Eb' and Flo' was a comic strip produced by British cartoonist Wilfred Haughton. Haughton is best known as being the illustrator of Disney comics in Britain during the 1930s. There is not much information about him available on the internet.

20thC Great Yarmouth enamelled badge
20thC Edward VII badge - Crowned June 1902
Wix T.o.W 1927 - Bristol B
Enameled 1950's car club badge

Rome medallion dated 1700

Pilgrimage souvenir 
Medallion dated 1700
(Jubilee year celebrating 
opening of holy doors - 4 
Major Basilicas - Rome)


BELOW LEFT: The word 'ROMA' is at the bottom of the image with SCALA SANTA' or holy stairs around image of the holy stairs. RIGHT:  The doors of the four major basilicas in Rome. (St Peters, St John Lateran, Mary Major and St Paul's Outside the Walls), are the same opened by John Paul II during the 2000 jubilee. The Holy Spirit  is above.


Teddy Tail League badge is probably 1930s, the two main makers of these badges were J R Gaunt of London and Roden of London.


'Teddy Tail the cartoon mouse and main character of the Teddy Tail League delighted children with his stories for 40 years. He is distinguished by the suit he wears and always shown with a knot in his tail. A somewhat mischievous guy he loved the occasional prank, parties and getting into all sorts of adventures with his friends. Teddy Tail lived in the little village of Whiskertown whose friend included Dr. Beetle, Piggy, Kitty Puss the cat and Dougie the duckling amongst others.

Teddy Tail’s main claim to fame is that his is the first cartoon strip regularly featured in a British newspaper. His first appearance was in the Daily Mail on the 5th April 1915 and continued until 1962. He disappeared in 1942, a victim of wartime paper shortages and post-war austerity but was revived in 1949 to the delight of his so many fans'.
Edward VII medallion

1908 Birmingham hall marked silver mount

Maker WHH

1911 George V medallion - Presented by Norris the Mayor of Fulham borough
Religious medallion

1938 London hallmarked silver Air Raid Police badge

Thomas Chawner - maker

Air Raid Protection Wardens were appointed through out Britain to assist the Police in protecting the public during air raids. In September 1935, as the possibility of a war increased, the British prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, published a circular entitled Air Raid Precautions (ARP) inviting local authorities to make plans to protect their people in event of a war.

In April 1937 the government decided to create an Air Raid Wardens' Service and during the next year recruited around 200,000 volunteers.

The duties of an Air Raid Warden included: Ensuring that the blackout was observed, sounding air raid sirens, ensuring that people went into public air raid shelters in an orderly fashion, checking gas masks, evacuating areas around unexploded bombs as well as helping to rescue casualties from bomb damaged properties, finding accomodation for people who had been bombed out, judging the extent and type of damage and informing the Control Centre to send out the rescue services.


HRH The Duke of York and HRH Pricess May marriage medallion

6 July 1893

Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes; 26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953) was the queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India, as the wife of King-Emperor George V

1873 dated religious medallion
19thC St Christopher medallion
Neat medallion- Edward V ?
Harwich football club
Neat RSPCA badge - Royal society of protection of cruelty to animals
1962 FDR bowling badge
Fisherman's badge
Local Essex police hat badge

The Daily Herald newspaper first published the Bobby Bear comic strips in 1919. Other newspapers, notably in Australia, followed on and these were also immensely popular. By the early 1930s newspaper’s children clubs were in full swing and the Daily Herald launched their own Bobby Bear Club as part of a general media war to increase circulation. Later during the 1930s The Star and The Argus (Melbourne), both of Australia, brought out their own versions of the Bobby Bear Club together with similar badges.

Bobby Bear himself was based on the traditional Steiff bear figure, a high-quality, plush toy figure made from 1902 by the German company of Margarete Steiff GmbH. At about the same time the Teddy Bear toy was also invented in the US where the US president, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt lent his nickname to the toy.

The Bobby Bear club was free to join and only required a number of newspaper coupons. On joining, a certificate, handbook and enamel badge were issued with organised club events for children and other announcements printed in their newspapers. The Bobby Bear club like others, was involved in charity and hospital fund raising. One popular event was the Daily Herald’s ‘Help the Hospitals Contest’ that involved children dressing up as Bobby Bear and other related characters to sell raffle tickets and raise funds for hospitals nationwide. They were big events with big prizes too, for example in 1932 there was a £20,000 prize with raffle tickets costing 6d (6 pence) each. An immense amount of money in those recession days when a nice London suburban house would cost less than £5,000

This badge was produced from die stamped brass with two enamels (red & light yellow). There is a pin fitting on the reverse with an imprint of the manufacturer’s name of ‘Roden, London’. The badge measures just slightly above 1” diameter (26mm approx.).

The Australian newspapers mentioned above also issued their own badges. These were the same design and style, the only difference was they substituted the newspaper name with their own.

Swastika mount - long before the Nazi's used it

In medieval times it was the gammadion, used to symbolize Christ as the cornerstone, also the four Evangelists, with Christ as the centre


The word swastika came from the Sanskrit word svastika, meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck.

Fellowship, Freedom, Reform badge

The Fellowship of Freedom & Reform, temperance movement badge (1920's-1940's)

The Fellowship of Freedom & Reform (FFR) were a temperance-based movement who campaigned for more responsible trading within licensing premises. Unlike other temperance organisations, the FFR had no religious affiliations nor seeked a ban on the sale of alcohol. Rather, they campaigned to reform and fight against abuses within the licensed trade and for improved family-orientated public houses. The FFR also published their own periodical called Sobriety.

The badge is made from die-stamped brass with three enamels (blue, red & white) and a gilt finish.

The Board of Agriculture organised the Land Army during the Great War, starting activities in 1915. Towards the end of 1917 there were over 250,000 - 260,000 women working as farm labourers. 20,000 in the land army itself.

'May we be happy' badge

Brownies badge ?

1837-1897 Victorian Commemorative medallion

Longest British reign

1920's silver boxing medallion
20thC Girl guides badges
George III half guinea gaming token 19thC religious pendant

1790 George III gilded full guinea gaming token

'For the good old times'

Leeds United FA cup winners medal

1899 Col Baden Powell hero of Mafeking medallion - issued by W.H.O Wills Capstan Navy cut cigarettes


Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941) was a decorated soldier, talented artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known during his military career for his spirited defense of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was soon to be propelled to extraordinary fame as the Founder of Scouting.

1839 Victoria Queen of Great Britain medallion
Edward VII coronation medallion Britannia badge 1897 Victoria diamond jubilee medallion

1887 Victoria Queen of England and Empress of India medallion

1837 -1887 Gold Jubilee

1897 Victoria diamond jubilee medallion
1897 Victoria diamond jubilee medallion

British field sports society enamelled badge

1960 - 1970

Love this mount/badge find which reads Duke W

It is George 1st period by the dress and need research to ID the guy

1761 George III & Charlotte coronation medallion
1920's golf medallion

1915 Dutch 1 gulden milled silver coin medallion

Queen Wilhelmina I ruled the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a young lady starting in 1890 and continued to 1948

1823 Gerge IV medallion

Saint George slaying the dragon. A crude imitation of Pistrucci's masterpiece found on British coinage to this day.

Stone henge silver medallion pendant - Birmingham 1892

Victorian - The Childrens League membership badge

First side, Suffer the little children to come unto me, for I am the good Shepherd ( inscription around symbol of Jesus)
Second side. This is a token of membership of the children's league of peace and goodwill to all children of all races.

George IV crowned June 19th 1821 - death medallion
20thC enameled 'Strength clean thorough' badge 20thC Swimming Association - silver standard badge Victorian silver name badge - JHS
20thC The Lords Prayer medallion Colchester Badge

1961 Butlins enamelled badge

Ayr in Scotland

20thC East Anglian TEC badge

National cycling proficiency badge

Mr Horace Valvona started the Safe Cycling Scheme when he was County Road Safety Officer.
It began in 1955 and over the next 12 years 165 girls cycled with the team.

1920's The New Hudson Cycle Limited badge

The New Hudson marque began in the late 1800's as a bicycle factory in Birmingham, England. The owner, George Patterson, made his first motorcycle in 1902, but as it was not a sales success, no more motor cycles were produced until 1910. From 1910 to 1932; with the exception of years 1915 to 1919 when WWI meant only munitions and bicycles were made; motorcycle production averaged about 2000 each year. The company were always keen on gaining success in motor cycle sport and gained many good results. However lacking the finances of larger companies their best result in the Isle of Man TT was Jimmy Guthrie's second place in the Senior event in 1927.

In 1932 due to the depression motor cycle production ceased as it was no longer profitable

20thC North British Champions club badge 1897 Victoria diamond jubilee badge Victorian British House of Commons medallion

1747 medallion

Obv Mans bust facing right

Rev Man nealing left with prancing lion

1831 William IV - Queen Adelaide copper medallion

'Crowned Sept 8 1831'

18thC Condor token 20thC East Essex Co op Colchster 1 old pence token
1798 copper Condor token

Victorian W.Ford Borough Market, Percival St

10 shillings token

T. Hollington Spitalfields market 1 shilling token

Tokens from Spitalfields Market

Bounded by Commercial Street to the East, Lamb Street to the North and Brushfield Street to the South, this wholesale market was the largest in the borough. Granted a charter by Charles II in 1682, it was largely rebuilt by Robert Horner in the 1890's. He sold the lease to the City of London Corporation in 1920 and they extended it considerably. The market moved to a new site outside Tower Hamlets in 1991 and most of the 20th century buildings have now been demolished. The Horner building survives and is the venue for a very busy Sunday market. The market dealt in vegetables, fruit and flowers. Over the years thousands of traders must have operated from Spitalfields and there are many tokens recorded. Denominations range from 2d to £5 in a variety of metals and shapes. Almost all of these tokens were made in London, primarily by the firm of R Neal and its successors.