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This is the 2nd pattern variation post WW2 cap badge for Oldham County Borough Fire Brigade, it displays the shield with title scroll of “ Oldham Fire Brigade “ & is the chrome version.
Like a few other very small county borough fire brigades, Oldham Fire Brigade, a small 2 station brigade covering just 8 (eight) square miles had 3 separate cap badges worn during this period & all three are considered rare due to the amount of original cap badges available to collectors. In 1950 the brigade had a roll call of 89 officers & men, many original badges are in private collections & these cap badges have been reproduced, in the 1970’s by Ray Bennet & in 1989 London Badge Company issued a badge list of obsolete fire brigade cap badges it was selling, all original badge centres obtained from other manufacturers who had certain stocks left from prior cap badge orders after 1974. Disbanded fire brigade obsolete original centres were mounted to their own pattern home office stars & sold until 1990/91 when stocks ran out.
Oldham is in the North East part of England, although an independent borough it has always been predominantly part of Lancashire County. It obtained county borough status in 1849 & the previous fire brigade became under police control & became known as Oldham County Borough Police Fire Brigade. The earliest recorded fire brigade in Oldham is 1807 where there was a fire station at Mumps Brook & 6 firemen. This was increased to 10 permanent paid firemen in 1877 & Oldham firefighters have attended calls with neighbouring Manchester City & Lancashire Fire Brigades on many occasions throughout its history, mutually helping each other out.
Ww2 saw the fire brigades change into government hands & this cap badge is the post war Oldham Fire Brigade 2nd pattern “ coat of arms “ cap badge manufactured by J.R Gaunt In excellent original condition, enamel centre fitted to the standard economy issue, lined home office star, both cap fixxing lugs intact to the rear of the star.,

Oldham Fire Brigade 1948-74 Chrome Shield 2nd Pat

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  • another variation of the 2nd pattern Oldham cap badge exists being a gilt shield, the 1st pattern being entirely different as a “coat of arms” style cap badge. This Oldham Fire Brigade cap badge is in great condition, the cap fixing lugs secure & sturdy to the rear. Mounted on a standard Gaunt economy issue home office star & the enamel centre is secured via the correct thin brass pin. 100% original, a nice fire brigade cap badge from the small Oldham County Borough Fire Brigade in great condition.
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