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BROAD ARROW

The 'broad arrow' is the symbol used to indicate the British Government property. The principal duty of the Office of Ordnance (1544) which became Board of Ordnance (1597) was to supply guns, ammunitions and equipment to the King's Navy. In 1857 the task was assumed by the War Office.
The 'broad arrow' symbol was used since 1661 as an intrinsically Royal symbol.

broad arrow on a medical instrument

Under the Public Store Act of 1875 the symbol has been applied in any metal object supplied or issued by the War Office.
The 'broad arrow' can be found on metal boxes, flatware, whistles, musical instruments, medical tools and various other military equipment.
In silver cutlery dating to 19th century the 'broad arrow' is often accompanied by the Admiralty symbol (crowned anchor).
In the United Kingdom the reproduction of the symbol on any goods without authority is illegal.
The 'broad arrow' was used in British Colonies and Commonwealth countries as Australia (letters "DD") Canada (letter "C"), India (letter "I") and New Zealand (letters "NZ").


'broad arrow' used in British Colonies and Commonwealth countries
broad arrow on a silverplate spoon broad arrow on a silverplate spoon
broad arrow on a Henry Potter & Co bugle broad arrow on a Henry Potter & Co bugle
broad arrow on a whistle broad arrow on a whistle broad arrow on a whistle
broad arrow on a whistle broad arrow on a whistle
broad arrow on a bowl broad arrow on a bowl
broad arrow on a medical instrument broad arrow on a medical instrument
broad arrow on a teapot broad arrow on a teapot
broad arrow on a bosun whistle
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