BRITISH CIVIL DEFENCE lapel/brooch pin, KING GEORGE VI CROWN
- Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
British Civil Defence Corps (CDC) volunteer's enamel lapel badge. An original gilt & enamel badge, King George VI Crown. Makers name on reverse. This is an early post-World War II pin. The later pins were more silver-like. Excellent condition, original buttonhole fitting, no damage to enamel. The badge is made from die-stamped brass with two enamels (red & blue) and a gilt finish, and measures about ¾" wide by 1" tall. They were issued with both types of fittings -- buttonhole (horseshoe-shaped) for men and the pin (brooch) clasp for women. It's really gender-neutral nowadays. It is a cool looking lapel pin that sparks conversation. This pin was manufactured in Barham, a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury district of Kent, England. The Civil Defence Corps was founded in 1949. It was a civilian and totally volunteer group who were intended to take charge in the event of a nuclear war. In such circumstances, members of the corps became important people, organizing rescues, removal of debris and managing what resources there were. Their token of office was a small buttonhole badge. It was deactivated in 1968, in part because people realized local volunteers wouldn't be around after a nuclear war. Please, carefully review the images, as this is a final sale for this item, and only within the U.S.. PayPal is accepted, or a cashiers/registered check drawn on J.P Morgan Chase or other reputable bank.