On this page we share some of the interesting variations of badges and other items that we have come across over the years. Many were discovered for the first time by the Gollyexpert. We have informed the official Golly Checklist of all of these discoveries and once verified they will make their way into future editions, for more information checkout www.gollychecklist.co.uk


1-Jan-2017:  T in Circle - Three Shades of Blue
T in Circle - Three Shades of BlueThe jackets on the white waistcoat badges can often be found in two distinct shades of blue - widely described as light blue and dark blue - this...Read more »

15-Dec-2016:  Golly One Whip Ice Cream
Golly One Whip Ice CreamAs Robertsons expanded in the immediate post WWII period their focus shifted to food items outside their traditional areas of jams and marmalades...Read more »

20-Nov-2016:  1990's Backstamps H or V?
1990In the early 1990's, the golly badge designs changed from the numerous colourful sporting and musical designs of the 1980's to a rather mundane...Read more »

10-Oct-2016:  1980's Blue Astronaut
1980In the early 1980's, golly badge manufacturing switched from the traditional home of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham to South East Asia. This...Read more »

8-Aug-2016:  New GAUNT backstamp
New GAUNT backstampWhenever I purchase a badge the first thing I do is check it against my private collection to see if it is a new variety. Given the minor detail which...Read more »

16-Jul-2016:  Pre-golly postcards
Pre-golly postcardsFor collectors of vintage postcards, the early designs by Robertsons are a real treatAs these images show there are a number available in the period before...Read more »

6-May-2016:  Unenamelled Dingley Standard
Unenamelled Dingley StandardThe white waistcoat era which runs from the post WWII period through to the 1970's creates the most opportunities for the keen golly badge collector...Read more »

6-Apr-2016:  Miller blue jacket variations
Miller blue jacket variationsSome of the finest badges ever made were by Mr Harry W Miller of Birmingham. Miller produced the first Golly badge for Robertsons in 1928 - the golfer...Read more »

29-Mar-2016:  Not Just Jam
Not Just JamRobertsons are most famous for being the world's leading preserve manufacturer, but their product range extended well beyond jams and marmalades....Read more »

22-Feb-2016:  1970 No Name Scout
1970 No Name ScoutIts well known that Golly badges produced in the 1970's suffered from a distinct lack of quality control. Pitting, under-enamelling and poorly...Read more »

10-Jan-2016:  Golly Goes Global
Golly Goes GlobalThe Robertson's success story lead to the export of their famous Golden Shred brand to a large number of overseas territories during he 1950's...Read more »

16-Dec-2015:  Miller Scout Variation
Miller Scout VariationThis is an interesting item that I purchased many years ago. Its a white waistcoat scout made by Miller in the 1960's. Its in great condition and...Read more »

9-Nov-2015:  Original Artwork
Original ArtworkBefore any Golly related merchandise are produced for Robertsons they undergo a design phase where ideas and samples are used to gain their approval....Read more »

18-Oct-2015:  Castle Howard 1977
Castle Howard 1977You wouldn't have expected the Robertsons Golly to have much in common with Hot Air Ballooning, but due to the passion that the 'then Chairman...Read more »

1-Aug-2015:  Recipes
RecipesProducing recipe books and leaflets was one of the more subtle ways for Robertsons to promote their products.This practice was well established during...Read more »

27-Jun-2015:  Vintage Jar Labels
Vintage Jar LabelsIn the mid-twentieth century Robertson's were the worlds largest preserve manufacturer. Such was the scale of their jam and marmalade production that...Read more »

28-Apr-2015:  HMS Crichton shades
HMS Crichton shadesThe association of the minesweeper HMS Crichton with the famous Robertson's Golly resulted in the creation of one of the most desirable of all modern...Read more »

22-Mar-2015:  Unknown Early Mask
Unknown Early MaskAfter decades of carefully cataloguing of genuine Robertson's items in the Golly Checklist, the vast majority of memorabilia and merchandise...Read more »

5-Feb-2015:  New FATTORINI 3a-1 variation
New FATTORINI 3a-1 variationAfter decades of thorough and careful research by major collectors - not least Colin Dodds to whom the golly collecting community owes so much - there...Read more »

19-Jan-2015:  All Blue 1990's Policeman
All Blue 1990Following on from the blog of 14-Nov-14 with details of the 'All Green McGolly' this post reveals another variation of a popular badge - ...Read more »

16-Dec-2014:  Silver Pendant Variation
Silver Pendant VariationThe Sterling Silver Sporting pendants commissioned by Robertsons in the early 1980's are some of the most attractive golly items ever produced. The...Read more »

28-Nov-2014:  Hockey Player Green Bar
Hockey Player Green BarThe original Prewar Hockey player is a beautiful item. Made with the usual attention to detail that Miller employed with all his prewar badges, this...Read more »

14-Nov-2014:  All Green 1990's McGolly
All Green 1990When badge manufacture moved away from the more expensive hot-enamelled badges to the acrylic designs in the 1980's the issue of quality control still...Read more »


9ct Gold Viota Baker with Diamond C1985