The below beret sold on eBay for the princely sum of £135 (including shipping). That is currently the highest figure I have seen paid for a Civil Defence beret.
This "REPORT CONTROL" shoulder title (shared by Austin Ruddy) is believed to be an official 1941 issue, but either a rare variant or manufacturers' error (missing the 'AND'). A similar shoulder title was featured in Jon Mills' book "A People's Army - Civil Defence Insignia and Uniforms 1939-1945".
A WW2 British Ministry of Home Security Instructional Diagram Number 3 of the German 1KG incendiary bomb with explosive nose (IBEN).
When it came to marking your helmet with a Warden's 'W', there were virtually limitless options. Although there were some diktats on size - two-inch high letters - the variances are rather amazing. Various font styles were used, with or without serif, stencilled to 3D designs, large and extra small, detailed to quickly applied. Here's 50 that barely scratch the surface.
At Chatham Militaria recently there was a seller with a bag full of the fake ARP signs and plaques we see regularly on eBay. All the designs previously covered on this blog; all at £10 a pop. If you are in any doubt about the originality of these signs, I hope this photo disabuses you of that opinion.
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