Category Archives: Insignia and Regalia

Have your say – British medals to be made in France, but is is right?

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The manufacture of some British medals is to be off-shored to France according to reports this morning. This will be the first time that any top British honour has been manufactured abroad and the news has apparently provoked anger. It is understood that the CBE medal, the Distinguished Service Order, The Order of the Bath, the […]

From “A Truly British Family” – 2/3/16 – click the link and have your say.  95% of respondents so far think this is wrong!

Source: Have your say – British medals to be made in France, but is is right? – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming

Links:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/honours-list/12178882/Queens-honours-French-firm-to-make-British-medals-for-first-time.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/648939/Medals-British-war-heroes-minted-in-FRANCE-money-saving-move

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Cashs | Personalised Name Tags – Name Labels For Clothes

Cashs | Personalised Name Tags – Name Labels For Clothes.

Cash’s still make their famous name tapes, as well as bookmarks and cards, in Coventry, England.

Garment Identification. Never fear losing your jackets or jumpers again. Uniform labels. Successive generations of schoolchildren and adults have relied on sewn in name labels for identifying their clothing. I am pleased to hear that Cash’s are still making their clothing labels in the UK.

http://jjcash.co.uk

Firmin Group – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, Patey Hats / Hand and Lock

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats – http://www.pateyhats.com – Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website.  They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask. I hope to visit their store sometime.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry.  Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

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Hand and Lock – http://www.handembroidery.com – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK.

Coat of Arms - British Royal Family - embroidered by Hand and Lock

Coat of Arms – British Royal Family – embroidered by Hand and Lock

British Made Blankets and Throws – Hainsworth Textiles and Scarlet and Argent / John Lewis Blankets / Melin Tregwynt Mill / Witney Blankets / etc.

Founded in 1783 Royal Warrant holders A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. manufacture a wide range of wool and textile products for both home and international markets. Best known for manufacturing the scarlet cloth from which the Queen’s guards uniform is made, Hainsworth manufacturers – protective fabric for fire services and military personnel; snooker and pool cloth; woollen coffins; car headlining cloth for the likes of Jaguar, Austin and Bentley; blankets; Newmarket horse blankets; interior fabrics; curtain fabric; military uniform cloth; ceremonial uniform dress cloth; tribal blankets; textiles for the theatre and cinema industries; specialised industrial cloth such as biscuit cloth, a woollen baize used for conveying biscuits; academic scarf cloth; blazer fabric; fabric for clothes making; fabric for making into re-enactment clothing; uniform caps; hats and badges; hot air balloon fabric; table coverings; floor coverings, hotel blankets; laundry textile products; piano baize for companies like Steinway and Renner; gaming and card table cloth; cabinet linings; etc. As far I can tell all their fabrics are made at their mill in West Yorkshire. Trade but they also have a retail site selling finished products. Hainsworth also manufactures the historic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket, which has iconic status in Canada. I am not sure how much Hainsworth use British wool.

Hainsworth is one of the few companies still making blankets in the UK.

Hainsworth also make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England.

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

http://hainsworth.co.uk/

Hainsworth’s retail site is Scarlet and Argent – http://www.scarletandargent.co.uk

Each Scarlet and Argent piece is created exclusively and entirely in their specialist Yorkshire mill.  Woollen blankets, throws and accessories (cushions, teddy bears and hot water bottle covers) made in England.

What’s the link between one of the oldest textile mills in the UK and the Royal baby? – See more at: http://makeitbritish.co.uk/gifts/what-is-the-connection-between-one-of-the-oldest-textile-mills-in-the-uk-and-the-soon-to-arrive-royal-baby/#sthash.TvXYBwfy.dpuf

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket - grey. Made in England.

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket – grey. Made in England.

John Lewis blankets

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. 2

John Lewis wool holey (cellular) blanket. Made in Britain. 2. Photo by author.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

Some John Lewis blankets are made in Britain. John Lewis is one of the few retailers still selling British made blankets. John Lewis UK made blankets are excellent quality and reasonably priced.

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Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK

Toye (Toye, Kenning & Spencer) craftsmen have created identity products for civil and military markets since 1685. Toye & Co still manufacture some of their items in its UK factories. However, you should check with them if something is actually UK made. A lot of things they sell are manufactured outside of the UK, for example their black ties and white gloves are made abroad – http://www.toye.com

For men’s white gloves try A. Farley Country Attire or Boylan and Co.  Both sell white gloves made in England. Toye & Co white gloves are not made in the UK (and neither are their black ties).  Also, Southcombe Gloves sell white and black UK made ceremonial gloves in their e-bay store.

Established in 1887 Suppliers of Masonic and Ceremonial Regalia A. R. Fabb Bros Ltd sell items made in the UK, but you will need to check with them that what you need is made in the UK as it is not stated on their website.

Spencer Thorn Jewellers (Airculture Ltd) make all their Napkin Hooks and Clips in Cornwall, England, including a range of Masonic napkin hooks and clips – http://www.napkinhook.co.uk

Hector Russell traditional Scottish regimental headwear is made in Scotland (as are some of their other products like kilts and kilt pins) – http://www.hector-russell.com

Hector Russel Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Hector Russell Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Lewis Masonic is a long established firm, founded in 1886, specialising in the publication of Masonic texts. Then called A Lewis, the focus of the company was exclusively on ritual books from Masonic Craft degrees through to the Masonic side orders. In 1973, A Lewis became part of Ian Allan Publishing and the name was changed from ‘A Lewis’ to ‘Lewis Masonic’. Nowadays, ritual books are still kept a priority at Lewis Masonic but the company’s focus has expanded to cover all areas of Masonic publishing.

Hand and Lock – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK – http://www.handembroidery.com

Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail.  100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm.  Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm. Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

For name tags to in clothes, Cash’s (or J. J. Cash Ltd or more recently Cash’s Apparel Solutions (UK) Ltd) are still making some of their products in England I think. In an email of 8/813 Cash’s told me “we still make the name tapes , bookmarks and cards in Coventry”. Just their name tapes , bookmarks and cards are made in England and their other items are foreign made. I am not sure if this has changed since they went into Administration in January 2014 and then came back again in April 2014. I have not heard that manufacturing has moved from the UK but it would be advisable to check. I note they were moving to new premises during December 2014 – http://jjcash.co.uk

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. Country of origin is not given on their website and many products they sell are foreign made. You will need to ask. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats –  Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website. They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask – http://www.pateyhats.com

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry.  Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

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