Two badges bought today from the wonderful Monday flea market in Covent Garden . I bought them 'blind' - I collect political badges, and these looked sort of political but I wasn't sure.
It turns out the top one is from an inter-war temperance organisation, the Fellowship of Freedom and Reform. I should have guessed that a badge in red, white and blue was using 'reform' in a measured manner. Reform of the licensing laws in this case.
There's more about the Fellowship and its splendid badge here.
The bottom one is hallmarked silver, and so was more expensive. It could well be commercial, but if I remember right the Labour League of Youth had at one time a paper called 'Advance' and I wonder whether this was their badge. Anyone know?
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