Use of the Broad Arrow in manufacturing question
I got an axe today, it is marked H 98 19 /\ 53 on one side and BRADES 313 made in England on the other side. I know it is a fireman's axe, but others I see from same maker do not have a H 98 or broad arrow. Some I have seen say it is british military fire brigade issue?
The question I have is, does the broad arrow appear on all british made items (or at least many items) or is the broad arrow for military kit only ?
Thanks for any help.
The broad arrow, more correctly a pheon, only appears on military (war department in the past, MoD today) owned and issued kit.
broad arrow -
it is a symbol used by the British Government to mark government property.
wiki - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_arrow
similarly to hallmarks, it is currently a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to reproduce the broad arrow without authority...
Section 4 of the Public Stores Act 1875 makes it illegal to use the "broad arrow" on any goods without permission...
Section 4: Marks in schedule appropriated for public stores.
The marks described in the First Schedule to this Act may be applied in or on stores in order to denote Her Majesty's property in stores so marked; and it shall be lawful for any public department, and the contractors, officers, and workmen of such department, to apply those marks, or any of them, in or on any such stores; and if any person without lawful authority (proof of which authority shall lie on the party accused) applies any of those marks in or on any such stores he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall on conviction thereof be liable to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two years.
First Schedule: Marks appropriated for use in or on Her Majesty's Stores.
The name of Her Majesty, her predecessors, her heirs or successors, or of any public department, or any branch thereof, or the broad arrow, or a crown, or Her Majesty's arms, whether such broad arrow, crown, or arms be alone or be in combination with any such name as aforesaid, or with any letters denoting any such name.
Yep............That is the exact hand axe I have. Rumor suggests is was derived from the famous English Navy Boarding Axes or bygone era.
So I guess what I have here is a axe possibly issued to British military fire brigade and maybe also air crew.