rare ww1 british national savings war bond badge gold fylfot
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**** EBAY PLEASE NOTE BELOW - THIS IS A BRITISH WW1 BADGE AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GERMANY****
In the UK (& in many other countries plus religions/faiths), before the 1930's the Swastika was used as a symbol of good luck etc.
During the 1914-18 war, the Swastika was adopted by the National War Savings Committee who issued war bonds at 15s.6d. (15 Shillings & six pence) for each bond. The bond in effect was a loan to the Government to help fund the war. Advertising slogans stated that for 15/6 124 cartridges could be bought for a soldier at the front.....
The value of the bond would increase by annually so that after 5 years it would be worth a Sovereign (£1 sterling)..
This was a large sum of money for many poorer families so 6d (six pence) savings stamps were issued (also with a Swastika on them) which could be purchased weekly or whenever they could be afforded. After 31 stamps had been bought, the bond or certificate was issued. There were also small square enamel badges which were of a similar design as the stamps were given to the stamp sellers to wear.
It's likely that these round badges were given by the NWSC to their staff/fund raisers for good or exceptional service in running the service or raising funds. measures just under 1.5 inches - serial number and makers details to rear - excellent ... read more