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    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    1960'S SMITHS (INDUSTRIES) WATCH GILT & BLACK ENAMEL & KLG OVAL LAPEL BADGES

    Winning bid: 6.50 GBP - 3 bids















    #2 1960'S SMITHS (INDUSTRIES) WATCH GILT & BLACK ENAMEL & KLG OVAL LAPEL BADGES

    Winning bid: 1.47 GBP - 2 bids










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    here's a twist -


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    Err... that's likely Smith's soggy crisps, ironically opposite Smiths' Chronos works!

    Revo, do these badges carry the Ming Ware or Ming Instruments legend on their back - Ming was taken over by Smiths as their case maker...

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    yes, Salt 'n' Shake.. I remember well hunting for that small blue sachet of salt..




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    Happy days of a misspent youth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenellic2000 View Post
    Err... that's likely Smith's soggy crisps, ironically opposite Smiths' Chronos works!

    Revo, do these badges carry the Ming Ware or Ming Instruments legend on their back - Ming was taken over by Smiths as their case maker...
    I'll let you know when they arrive; my guess is they were made by one of the Birmingham enamel badge makers
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Ming Ware were one of the pre-war Birmingham badge makers! They moved (whole or part) to Dundee, Scotland late 1940s. My guess is the badges are from the 1970s, but Smiths closes the Ming business in 1965, so these may be bought-in or commercially produced.

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