When I was about twelve years old I was given two 'button' badges dating from the Second World War. Since then I have accumulated enough badges to completely cover the fronts of two jackets.
One of the jackets was my grandfather's Commonwealth Games Representatives blazer. It is covered in Lawn Bowls, School and other sporting club badges from around the world. The other jacket is a formal 'Swallowtail' dress coat. All the souvenir buttons, appeals and non-sporting club badges are attached to it.
For a badge to be interesting to me it has to meet most of the following conditions:
- It should be dateable to within a few years of its manufacture.
- It should be exotic or unusual.
- It should be readily identifiable.
- It should be in reasonable condition.
- It should not be much larger than four centimetres in size.
For a while now I have been accumulating more badges and I hope to start on a 'fresh coat' fairly soon. Click on the appropriate links below to view the jackets and selected badges.
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SwallowTail Coat Representative Blazer