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Codes & Marks: Armourer's Marks

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Government Codes and Marks

The Broad Arrow is the oldest and most common mark of British government ownership.  Arrows may be alone, above or between letters. There are many variations of broad arrow.

War Department mark, adopted around 1856, may or may not have an arrow above or between the letters.  Although officially discontinued after 1895 (LoC §7815) the mark remained in use for some time.  Twenty years later, during WWI, the WD mark routinely appeared in political cartoons.  No explanation was needed.

The Royal Navy mark is a simple Times New Roman style  N found on rifles, bayonets and oilers. Not much larger than 1/4 inch (4mm), the mark on rifles can easily be missed.

AUSTRALIA - Colonial Governments

Six separate colonies until 1901, each colonial government had it's own defence and police forces and individual variations of government mark.

New South Wales First colony on the new continent, the broad arrow was not as widely used here as elsewhere.  Other letters and marks may appear above or below the NSW mark.

Victoria  Second largest colony in Australia, the broad arrow was not as widely used here as elsewhere.  Other letters and marks may appear above or below the VIC mark.

Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 and quickly established it's own Navy, Police and Defense Force. The Queensland mark has several variations.

Tasmania is the furthest south and was the second Australian colony to be granted self-government.  The Broad Arrow mark was not in widespread use.

South Australia  Already a self-governing colony in 1834, South Australia was one of the first colonies to import British arms for it's Defense Forces.  The SA mark is very similar to marks of South Africa.

West Australia  Less prosperous than the eastern colonies, West Australia also had fewer variations of it's government mark.