The Pattern 57 Civil Defence battledress blouse jacket below sold on eBay for £137 (plus £10 shipping). It's a size 8 and manufactured by H. Leaning & Co Ltd. The date stamp is September 1942 and this corresponds with the letter O also stamped on the inside. A lot (but by no means all) manufacturing usually had a year on their labels. The ARP breast badge is in an unusual place. It was usually sewn onto the left pocket. Might be a hangover from the bluette overalls where the badge was sewn above the left breast pocket. A cynic might offer the opinion the badge was added post-war by someone not au fait with regulations.
Prices are edging up for good condition blouses in a good wearable size for re-enactors.
An interesting Warden's Warrant Card issued in Coventry. I've not seen a card where the covers have been used to convey such detail. Shame it had not been filled in more.
Regularly hawked on eBay are these fake LNER (L.N.E.R. London North Eastern Railway) embroidered badges. They are modern copies / reproductions / fakes. Sometimes sold with a few genuine WW2 items (such as ARP buttons) or even sewn onto both wartime-dated and post-war battledress blouse jacket. Always from the very same seller who miraculously always manages to source numerous copies of the exact same insignia. So, in short, utter garbage that needs to be avoided like the plague.
Additionally, armbands and insignia for GWR (Great Western Railway) also crops up semi-regularly. Again all of it utter garbage.
London Underground shelter tickets are avidly collected. The three here recently sold on eBay - Paddington and Goodge Street for £75 and South Wimbledon for £57. Several other stations have appeared and there was some discussion on forums about whether these were being reproduced.
A large number of manufacturers made enamel badges to show people were doing their bit for the war effort when out of uniform. There are hundreds of various ARP and CD badges in existence (some made in silver). The below pair are interesting in that the pin fastening is not all that common on these badges. The vast majority are the lapel fitting (often ascribed as the male version). No maker mark on either of these badges.
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