ARP metal bumper mascots are quite scarce (don't confuse the below with the plethora of fake plaques on the market) and command good prices when they appear. The below has an auction estimate of £100 to £150. The example shown below has the maker's mark of " Richardson Middlesbrough" to the reverse.
Kent created the first convoy of mobile reserve in 1940 and it formed the basis for all other Mobile Reserve (in East & West Sussex) and Civil Defence Reserve formations that followed around the country. Below is a photo of a few of the vehicles that comprised the mobile reserve. The vehicles were to also have the emblem shown below added to the vehicles.
This rare group of Regional Commissioner, Deputy Regional Commissioner and District Commissioner car pennants and the gold armband for the most senior members of the Civil Defence recently sold at auction in Scotland. The hammer price was £2,000 and the buyer would also have all the other premiums, such as VAT, added to that (at auction that can be quite substantial).
There was also a wooden stock for Mauser C96, which if original, would also have driven the price up. It was a mistake for the items to be bundled together like this; the holster should have been sold separate to the Civil Defence items. Whether we see the pennants reappear on the market is to be seen.
See previous blog about a Regional Commissioner's pennant.
Following on from the recent blog about the CD Region XII badge, I was sent this photo of a Regional Commissioner's car pennant by Nicholas Mayweather. There would only be a handful of these and this is certainly a rare survivor.
The second photo shows the chauffeuse of the Region XII Regional Commissioner fixing the pennant on her car.
This clockwork ARP wind-up toy is a very rare survivor. This model was made by A. Wells & Co. Ltd. and Brimtoy Ltd. (Wells-Brimtoy) and marked 'Made in England'. From the advert for this and similar toys the production year was around 1941. It sold at auction with a hammer price of £650 (with the addition of VAT and other fees on top).
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