Operational Items - Uniform
The main areas of interest to Collectors in this section are Cap
Badges and the Buttons from the coats worn by Railway Staff. There
is some interest in the uniforms themselves but as we now have huge
heads and bodies it is difficult to find anything that can be worn
and so these items tend to end up in museums!
Railway Company would produce buttons with the initials of the
Company or Joint Company embossed on them and there are a number of
collectors in this area. BR Buttons can be obtained very cheaply
with common buttons only fetching a few pence. When you get into the
earlier pre Big four Companies they call sell for hundreds of pounds
if from an obscure Company. The buttons shown above are quite common
and would sell for about £3 each.
most collectable of the badges are BR enamel Cap Badges as they can
be found in all six regional colours. The are three types being
"Fishtail", "Totem" and "Lion over Wheel" and some examples of each
are shown below. Prices vary according to scarcity and colour with
the more unusual titles going for the highest prices.
There are also large quantities of pre grouping and pre
nationalisation badges available and a selection are shown below.
Another collectable area in the Uniform Category are Railway
armbands - generally made of enamel but also some were produced in
brass. Examples are shown below - the BR ones are quite common and
can be bought cheaply. The earlier pre Big 4 Grouping examples tend
to be £50+
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