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Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki), numbered
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Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki),  numbered
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Circular silver badge with pin for wear; the face with a pelican feeding three young within a stylised spruce border; the reverse numbered ‘357’, with silver purity mark ‘813H’; diameter 18.27mm (0.72 inch); on original bow ribbon.

The Badge was issued by the Mannerheim League, the largest child welfare organization in Finland, which promotes the wellbeing of children and of families with children, increases respect for childhood and seeks to make it more visible, and sees that children's views are taken into account in public decision-making.

The pelican was believed to feed its young by plucking its own breast for blood if food was scarce (in fact, the pelican has pouches in which its stores food) and thus became an appropriate symbol of self-sacrifice for good, often used by the Red Cross and other charitable humanitarian organisations.

We are very grateful to a Finnish collector for identifying the origins of this badge.

 
Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki),  numbered
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Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki),  numbered
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Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki),  numbered
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Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Silver Badge of Merit (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton hopeinen ansiomerkki),  numbered
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