National Savings::

The National Savings Movement established during the First World War used the swastika in its advertising and also on the badges awarded to the administrators of the savings scheme in recognition of their service to the nation. The swastika was originally from Tibet and was the symbol of the god Agni, the god of Fire, of Creation and whether facing left or right, with straight arms or curved, the swastika was always a symbol of good fortune.

The swastika was worn as a talisman by German troops in the First World War and used in jewellery designs in America, on the robes of the Druid priests and of course as a logo for the National Savings Movement. The swastika became the symbol for militant German nationalism and was adopted in time by the NSDAP - the Nationalsozialistiche Deutsche Arbeiter Partei or NAZI party.

In early 1939, the National Savings Movement realised that the swastika was now an inappropriate symbol for its organisation and adopted the image of St. George killing the dragon instead (this was later supplemented with the Royal Crown).


War Savings Association Card
Two versions of the National Savings badge were made, one with a pin for ladies and one as a lapel badge. The badge shown here is the lapel version and is part of my collection of badges.

The badge is shown here larger than life and actually measures 18mm x 18mm (or 0.7 inches square).  The badge is numbered on the lapel fixing - 638232 and the manufacturers name is stamped on the back of the badge itself - "Thomas Fattorini", "Bolton".
The badge was manufactured by Fattorini - a company that made other badges and medals for the British government in both World Wars - and has a registration number on the back. The company exists to this day, still making badges. If you are interested in what products Fattorini have to offer today, click here - a link will open in a new window.