The threat of chemical weapons being used during WW2 was taken extremely seriously at the Ministry of Health. Large scale information campaigns involving posters, leaflets and cinema shorts were released. The below is a leaflet designed to update the population of the various gases that could be employed by the enemy. See also WW2 Gas Identification Disk
Yet more fake ARP enamel badges on eBay (see these links for more information - fakes and more fakes and yet more fakes). This time we have a reproduction / fake of a Straits Settlements ARP badge. It features all the common traits of these fake ARP badges:
1) Acid dipped to give the verdigris look,
2) Same poor quality pic fitting,
3) Knocked about front to give the appearance of age.
Absolute garbage but the seller on eBay keeps offering this and several other fakes on a regular basis. If you did by mistake buy this os a similar badge get back onto eBay and send the badge back. It is not a WW2 badge.
Yet another example of the fake ARP enamel badges been sold on eBay (more examples here). This time for the London Housewives Service. Usually these badges are dipped in an acid solution to age them but this one has been left as made. The rear is the giveaway that this is part of the current spate of fake ARP badges being made. It has the exact same pin and also the stippling. The font to the front is also a modern style. The ARP is copied across several badges as well.
This particular badge is based off a similar badge for the Bushbury Housewives Service. A comparison of the badges clearly shows the difference between the fakes and original.
I am indebted to a visitor to this blog for sharing the following images. They include the Certificate of Enrolment, First Aid examination pass note and the B.R.C.S. (British Red Cross Society) ARP Reserve armband. The enrolment certificate is quite a scarce item to see.
A veritable avalanche of fake ARP and home front enamel badges are now reaching eBay. As previously described in this blog post the badges all follow the same style of manufacture. The ever-present green verdigris staining is thought to be caused by dipping the badges in an acid solution. The reason? To age the badge and also cover up the fact it was recently made. Every single badge has a pin fitting (and every pin fitting looks the same). The vast majority of badges produced during the war, and especially the factory and industrial badges were fitted with the half-moon lapel fitting (as they were mainly issued to men).
It would appear that the prices paid for the badges is falling as avid collectors are now aware that these fake ARP badges have no provenance and are almost certainly modern reproductions.
The latest fake ARP badges include:
- A Straits Settlements coloured ARP badge.
- BBC London ARP and Queen's Canteen ARP Badges. The BBC badge shares the same font found on the fake Rolls Royce ARP badge previously covered here. An example of the Queens Canteen badge is known but this fake shows the acid dip and pin common to all these fake badges.
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