This is a sterling silver lapel badge denoting 30 year membership of the National Union of Railwaymen.
Measuring around 24 mm square the badge weighs in at 7.8 gram.
There is a full British hallmark from the Birmingham assay office with the assay mark for sterling silver the date letter for 1964 and the maker mark J T & Co.
The badge is in very good condition with no damage to either the red or blue enamel and is ready to wear or join a collection.
A nicely made badge awarded for 30 years membership of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR). These silver hallmarked badges are still plentiful with a variety of makers marks. Most are men’s lapel badges with the buttonhole clasp and some with brooch-style pins issued for NUR women members, but the pin type is much scarcer.
NUR was a trade union for all non-white collar employees from porters to signalmen. Train drivers and firemen had their own separate union, ASLE&F although some did join the NUR. White-collar staff (office, administration, inspection, etc) were members of another union, the Railway Clerks’ Association. The NUR was created in 1913 from an amalgamation of three railway unions with a combined membership of around 267,000 and at their peak in 1947 had increased to 462,205. In 1990 the NUR ceased as an independent organisation when they amalgamated with the National Union of Seamen (NUS) to form the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).
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