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This shield-shaped gold pin is embellished with a roaring lion in the center, surrounded by the French phrase "DIEU ET MON DROIT," which is the motto of the British Royal Family.
enamel (fused coating)
This lapel pin was first produced in 1940 to show solidarity and raise funds in America for the British War Relief Society and Bundles for Britian before the US formally entered the war. New York-based Accessocraft produced several versions of it, based on the original patented design by British subject and New York resident Robert R. Appleby. Vivian Leigh wears an early version of this pin on the December 17, 1940 cover of "Look" magazine to support the Bundles for Britain cause. Monet jewelers produced a later version celebrating the RAF. Coro also produced a version.
On front: "DIEU ET/MON/DROIT"
On reverse: "OFFICIAL-B.W.R.S."/AND B.B./BY/ ACCESSOCRAFT" (Embossed)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Appleby, Robert R. (Designer)
1 1/16 x 5/16 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation