I have owned this badge for over 25 years. It came to me via a house clearance company that I used to buy from.
I have, on and off researched and researched what this badge is for the entire time I have owned it. I have had apocryphal information as to what it is or for that matter is not, over all this time.
My own academic research has found nothing on the badge in ‘Fascisti’ records that I have been lucky enough to find and look into.
The badge is for sale, but I would primarily like to find out the ‘whys and wherefores’ as to what this unusual badge is, ‘real or otherwise‘ (see below).
The source it originated from indicates it is of a vintage, but without hard facts I can confirm nothing.
The most informative information I have on it is that it is an early rank badge, used prior to badges with lower rank scrolls. The issue number is low which would bare this out….This again is unsubstantiated information.
It has a Reg. No. and ‘Gaunt London’ maker details.
The enamel work is of a high quality, unlike the enamel work on the modern black enamel copies of this badge that abound.
I have never seen another badge of its type in this colour or any other, other than black enamel.
Any confirmed, attributable information would be much appreciated (see below) !
With the latest e-mail response for the request for information on this badge, I thought it might be worth while mentioning some of the input, from a few of the people that have taken the time to send ‘information’.
Sadly nothing definitive ie. period documentation has been found / been sent forth to exactly identify this item.
Information has varied from credible to down right bazaar.
One of the more off the wall explanations sent to me as to what it is, is as follows:-
‘They are fake badges with the black enamel smashed out of them and re-enamelled with coloured enamel to make “an interesting” item’. ….I’m open minded to most things and suggestions but this I cant accept in any way. Firstly why go to the trouble to use already black enamelled fake badges, why not use un-enamelled blanks. Secondly the badge itself would be damaged in this process, not a believable set of parameters.
I have had a couple of collectors concur that its an early rank badge, but the most numerous and consistent account is that it has Northern Ireland ‘Orange Men’ connections.
Fascist activity in the north of Ireland was as prevalent their as in the UK mainland both with the Fascisti (which this badge represents) and the BUF in the 1930’s.
The e-mails received state that the badge is representative of the Fascisti movement in nationalist Orange Northern Ireland. This sounds plausible, but my question would be why should an organisation make an exception of its representative colour (black) for a sub district of its own organisation.
My own research (which has been substantiated by an e-mailer) is that the badge is of pre 1934 manufacture, the maker details (style) indicating this. This would be correct for the badge as effectively the Fascisti ceased to exist as working organisation beyond 1933.
So it seems we have determined that its a ‘real’ period badge (this I never doubted given how and when etc it was found). But as for concrete hard facts as to what it is….still