A very rare ARP badge for second world war helmet manufacturer Rubery Owen & Co. Ltd has appeared on eBay. I've not seen this design of badge before. During the war they manufactured parts for aircraft and also supplied tens of thousands of helmets for use both in the services as well as for Civil Defence.
An interesting grouping of Civil Defence and ARP insignia is coming to auction on 7 June. A rare District Warden armband is included (looks like it has had some adaptation with a buckle having been added) as well as four sleeve ranks badges. Also in the grouping are a couple of rare I.O. (Incident Officer) sleeves badges in the London script style and a St. John Ambulance Association first aid badge. Additionally, a pair of Fire Guard Sector Captain's shoulder titles are included. A nice little grouping for the Potters Bar area.
The lot (#1396) can be viewed on Cadman Auctions.
Thought to have first appeared at one of the military shows a few years ago, these fake ARP London Transport have been doing the rounds since. They crop up from time to time on the usual online auction sites (like the below example) and also as items at auction houses. They are a fantasy item.
Not seen for a few years but now back like the proverbial bad penny is this fantasy AVRO battledress. We've seen fake AVRO insignia many times before. Being hawked by a well-known shyster of militaria, the jacket is even post-war (it's has had the WD number messed with) and also had some spurious maker's mark daubed inside (they were always on white labels). The badges are utter fantasy as well. Hopefully, people may look to research the BD and learn it is complete garbage before wasting their hard-earned on it.
A good chance to compare two District / Divisional Wardens' helmets on eBay; an original helmet (priced at £65 buy it now) v a fake helmet (from the Stansted Shyster at £175. Always good to know who the utter tosspots on eBay are, and to avoid them like the plague they are.
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