This is a Junior Imperial & Constitutional League (JICL) membership patch. The JICL was formed in 1906 to create an interest in politics among young persons aged 15 to 25 years. Junior Associations were set up in each Parliamentary Division throughout Britain. It was an autonomous group in the Conservative Party. In 1919 women members were admitted. It was disbanded during WWII and the work continued later by the Young Conservatives & Unionist Association, which was formed in 1925 for an older age group and the Young Britons Organization for boys and girls aged 6-16. This belonged to my Mother so it is most likely from the 1930s.
The patch depicts a crown at the top. Below the crown are two flags, The Union Flag, popularly known as the Union Jack (a superimposition of the flags of England and Scotland with the Saint Patrick's Saltire, representing Ireland) and the Flag of England also known as the St. George's Cross (red cross on a white field).. Below he flags there is a lion and the words "Junior Imperial & Constitutional League for Empire”. It measures 3 1/4 inches from the top of the crown to the bottom of the patch and it is 3 inches across.
I have seen several of the metal badges, but rarely one of the patches that has survived all these years. As you can see by the enlarged pictures it is in quite good condition. There are some frayed threads on the edges and I did not trim them off. I will leave that up to you.
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