Insignia / Badges

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Luftwaffe other ranks cap badges/set.

 

Comprising eagle cap device plus wreath, cockade and wings in stamped aluminium. All but one of the prongs has broke off or been removed but no other damage and they display nicely.

 

$40 / £30 / €35 

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Luftwaffe other ranks cap badges/set

Luftwaffe other ranks cap badges/set

Luftwaffe other ranks cap badges/set

Luftwaffe other ranks cap badges/set

Exceptionally nice English made AAF aircrew wing.

 

Full size (3.25") aircrew wing of typical English manufacture. No maker mark and as usual not sterling silver, but very highly detailed. Nicely die-struck  with fine feathering and crisp US seal, with typical English style pinback. Lovely wing.

$95 / £68 / €80

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English made AAF aircrew member wing

English made AAF aircrew member wing

English made AAF aircrew member wing

English made AAF aircrew member wing

Lovely, early AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle.

 

One of the rarest and most sought after of WWII AAF wings manufacturers. This B, B & B sterling marked 3" wing is in great condition except the pin has become detached - however the original pin is still present and could easily be repaired. A lovely early wing.

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AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF pilot wing, full-size by Bailey, Banks and Biddle

AAF "sweetheart" pilot wing in sterling.

 

Lovely miniature US AAF pilot wing, with pin-back. 1.5" (4cm). Lovely detail. NS Meyer hallmark and appears sterling but not marked as such.

$20 / £15 / €17

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AAF "sweetheart" pilot wing in sterling

AAF "sweetheart" pilot wing in sterling

AAF "sweetheart" pilot wing in sterling

AAF "sweetheart" pilot wing in sterling

AAF miniature "sweetheart" navigator wing.

 

Lovely miniature US AAF navigator wing, with pin-back. 1.5" (4cm). Lovely detail, sterling marked.

$20 / £15 / €17

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AAF miniature "sweetheart" navigator wing

AAF miniature "sweetheart" navigator wing

AAF miniature "sweetheart" navigator wing

AAF miniature "sweetheart" navigator wing

AAF miniaure "sweetheart" bomb aimer wing.

 

Lovely miniature US AAF bomb aimer wing, with pin-back. 1.5" (4cm). Lovely detail, sterling marked.

$20 / £15 / €17

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AAF miniaure "sweetheart" bomb aimer wing

AAF miniaure "sweetheart" bomb aimer wing

AAF miniaure "sweetheart" bomb aimer wing

AAF miniaure "sweetheart" bomb aimer wing

USN miniature pilot wing for sidecap (or "sweetheart").

 

Lovely miniature USN pilot wing, with pin-back. 1.5" (4cm). Lovely detail, sterling +1/20 Gold Filled marked. Worn on sidecap but also presented to sweethearts.

$25 / £18 / €20

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USN miniature pilot wing for sidecap (or "sweetheart").

USN miniature pilot wing for sidecap (or "sweetheart").

USN miniature pilot wing for sidecap (or "sweetheart").

USN miniature pilot wing for sidecap (or "sweetheart").

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued.

 

Full-size 3" pilot wing, standard wartime  pattern sometimes referred to as the "graduation" wing, still on its card as issued. Clutch back unmarked on the back but does appear to be silver and card is marked "Acid Test." Nice, typical pilot wing.

$70 / £58 / €52  

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AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

AAF full size pilot wing, clutch back on card as issued

Early post-war RAF pilot wing.

 

Beautifully made, heavily padded hand-embroidered RAF pilot wing with the post-1952 Queen's Crown, yet made to the same high quality as WWII period. Lovely wing, in oatmeal and reddish brown silk on dark blue wool background with burlap backing.

$48 / £35 / €40  

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Early post-war RAF pilot wing

Early post-war RAF pilot wing

Early post-war RAF pilot wing

Early post-war RAF pilot wing

Early post-war RAAF pilot wing badge.

 

Superb burnished metal RAAF pilot badge, post-1952 with Queen's Crown and pin back. No markings. 3.25" (8.5cm). 

$48 / £35 / €40  

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Early post-war RAAF pilot wing badge

Early post-war RAAF pilot wing badge

Early post-war RAAF pilot wing badge

Early post-war RAAF pilot wing badge

Early post-war Australian Army pilot wing badge in sterling silver by Lega.

 

Suoerb post-1952 Australian Army pilot dress wing in sterling silver. Queen's Crown and clutch back. Maker marked LEGA STG.SIL. 3.5" (9cm). Similar style to the RAAF pilot badge above. Beautiful badge.

$65 / £48 / €55  

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Post War British Army pilot's wing badge in metal

Post War British Army pilot's wing badge in metal

Post War British Army pilot's wing badge in metal

Post War British Army pilot's wing badge in metal

Post War RAAF Air Loadmaster badge.

 

Superb burnished metal RAAF Air Loadmaster badge, post-1952 with Queen's Crown and clutch back, but with clutch post missing. No markings. 2.5" (6cm). Similar style as the RAAF pilot badge above. Another Beautiful badge.

$40 / £30 / €34  

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Post War RAAF Air Loadmaster badge

Post War RAAF Air Loadmaster badge

Post War RAAF Air Loadmaster badge

Post War RAAF Air Loadmaster badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge.

 

WWII era Royal Australian Air Force officer's side cap badge comprising eagle and King's crown on one-piece metal backing plate with screw-back. Blackened bronze finish to eagle and crown. 1.75" (4cm). 

$35 / £25 / €30 

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RAAF officer's side cap badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge

RAAF officer's side cap badge

RFC pilot wings from old TV production "Wings".

 

Lovely set of Royal Flying Corps pilot wings.  Very authentic looking, but the lovely silk embroidery is on black felt rather than a fine wool background. According to Warren Carrol's excellent reference, this pattern was made for the 1970s BBC TV series "Wings" starring Tim Woodward and Nicholas Jones (see screen shot attached). They even have the correct paper backing. Lovely set - with interest and value based on their actual on screen use.

$55 / £40 / €45 

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RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

RFC pilot wings from old TV production

Still from "Wings"

Still from "Wings"

WWI medal ribbons on pinback bar.

 

From the same source as the above RFC pilot wing, but these are the genuine article. "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred" as these medals were affectionately named.

$35 / £25 / €30 

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WWI medal ribbons on pinback bar

WWI medal ribbons on pinback bar

WWI medal ribbons on pinback bar

WWI medal ribbons on pinback bar

AAF pilot wing, WWII 

"Juarez" pin-back.

 

Lovely stylized, full-size pilot wing of the style issued in El Paso and consequently thought of as being made  in Juarez, Mexico. Marked sterling with a pin-back fastening. Beautiful original wing. Missing the "rolling" lock on the catch, otherwise superb with lovely patina.

$120 / £90 / €100 

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AAF pilot AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

AAF pilot AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

AAF "Juarez" pilot wing pin-back sterling

WWI US Air Service early collar devices, matched pair, made in France.

 

Beautiful French made pair of First World War US Air Service collar devices. Bronze crossed Signal flags with torch and silver winged globe superimposed. just gorgeous. Pin back. These were  later replaced with the winged propellors.

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WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

WWI US Air Service collar devices, made in France

LW matched pair of slip-on shoulder straps for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratrooper division.

 

Excellent matched pair of shoulder straps / boards for the rank of Oberfeldwebel for flight or paratrooper division of the Luftwaffe (yellow waffenfarbe). Very good condition with no damage or mothing. 

$185 / £140 / €155 

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LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

LW matched pair of shoulder boards for Oberfeldwebel, flying or paratroop

WWII RAF Radio Operator/Mechanic badgefor other ranks' KD / tropical uniform.

Radio Operator/Mechanic badge for other ranks tropical KD uniform. Both unused in excellent condition.Red and black silk embroidered on melton wool.

$35 / £28 / €30

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RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF Radio Operator's badge for other ranks KD uniform

RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks Khaki Drill tropical uniform, uncut.

Scarce, beautifully made matched pair of early shoulder eagles for the khaki drill / tropical uniform worn by other ranks. Red and black silk on a fine melton wool background - never been separated.

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RAF KD shoulder eagles

RAF KD shoulder eagles

RAF KD shoulder eagles

RAF KD shoulder eagles

RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks Service Dress uniform.

Beautifully made matched pair of RAF shoulder eagles for the khaki drill / tropical uniform worn by other ranks. Light blue and black silk embroidered on fine blue wool background.

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RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks SD uniform.

RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks SD uniform.

RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks SD uniform.

RAF shoulder eagles for other ranks SD uniform.

Scarce WWII USAAF Flight Surgeon wing in its original box of purchase, unworn.

 

Scarce full-size (3.125") USAAF Flight Surgeon wing in sterling. Two-piece construction (applied cadeuscis to a standard observer wing). Made by A.E. Co. and sterling hallmarked. In its Blumberg Bros. New York box as sold. Box is marked "Acid Test" so evidently they tested their wings before selling them, evn though the wing is sterling marked.  Clutch back fastening. Still has its flat, frosted silver finish. Lovely example. Used to have cellophane on the box window but remnants only remain. 

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WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

WWII period full-size silver flight surgeon's wing in original box, unused.

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge.

 

Very late war Luftwaffe ground assault badge. Zinc, one-piece construction and typical low quality late war, though the details are fairly clean, in spite of the usual surface deterioration and wear.  Some evidence of silvering to the surface but not a brilliant example.

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Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

Late War Luftwaffe ground assault badge

WWII era Khaki Drill service dress rank slides for Air Vice Marshal.

 

Slip on rank slides for such a high ranking officer are quite rare, since few Air Rank officers wore bush shirts or uniforms with slip on rank slides. WWII era, Matched pair on heavy cotton drill backing.

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KD service dress rank slides for Air Vice Marshal

KD service dress rank slides for Air Vice Marshal

KD service dress rank slides for Air Vice Marshal

KD service dress rank slides for Air Vice Marshal

Early WWII Army Air Corps pinwheel patch, 2-piece blue on orange felt.

 

Early, pre-war pinwheel design patch for the US Army Air Corps worn from 1937 to 1942. Lovely, unused early example in perfect condition, two-piece felt on felt. 2.75" diameter.

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Early Army Air Corps pinwheel patch, 2 piece on felt

Early Army Air Corps pinwheel patch, 2 piece on felt

Early Army Air Corps pinwheel patch, 2 piece on felt

Early Army Air Corps pinwheel patch, 2 piece on felt

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags".

 

A complete set of both service tags to a RAF serviceman, H.A. Harrison, indicating his religion (Roman Catholic), service number and blood type, together with the cord on which they were worn. Excellent condition.

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RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF other ranks ID "dog tags"

RAF aircrew brevets - padded.

 

Variations of RAF wartime aircrew half-wing brevets.  All in used but very good condition, some with evidence of glue from being in an album. These are all padded variants on wool backgrounds. From the top, left to right:

Air Gunner $45 / £35 / €38

Air Gunner $45 / £35 / €38

Signaller $45 / £35 / €38

Signaller  $45 / £35 / €38

Bomb Aimer SOLD

Air Electronics SOLD

Parachute instructor SOLD

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RAF aircrew brevets - padded

RAF aircrew brevets - padded

RAF aircrew brevets - padded44

RAF aircrew brevets - padded44

RAF aircrew brevets – unpadded (flat).

 

Variations of RAF wartime aircrew half-wing brevets.  All in used but very good condition, some with evidence of glue from being in an album. These are all unpadded variants on wool backgrounds. From the top, left to right:

Navigator  $40 / £30 / €34

Air Gunner $40 / £30 / €34

Flight Engineer  $45 / £35 / €38

Signaller $40 / £30 / €34

Radio Operator SOLD

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RAF aircrew brevets – unpadded (flat)

RAF aircrew brevets – unpadded (flat)

RAF aircrew brevets – unpadded (flat)

RAF aircrew brevets – unpadded (flat)

RARE WWI - 1920s US Navy officer's side cap badge with right-facing eagle.

Very rare pre-WWII US Navy officer's side cap badge with right facing eagle. The eagle on the cap badge was changed to left facing (as viewed) in 1941 and has remained that way ever since. 

 

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WWI US Navy RARE Side cap badge with right-facing eagle

WWI US Navy RARE Side cap badge with right-facing eagle

WWI US Navy RARE Side cap badge with right-facing eagle

WWI US Navy RARE Side cap badge with right-facing eagle

RAF miniature aircrew brevet for Observer.

 

Many aircrews from other nations volunteered with the RAF during the Battle of Britain, notably the countries invaded and occupied by the Nazis, but also the USA and other Allies. Once these nations were able to establish their own air force, crews were permitted to continue wearing a miniature version of their RAF qualification badge on the right side of their uniforms. While pilot wings are often seen, those of other aircrew positions are quite rare. At the time of the Battle of Britain,  the position of Observer was officially recognized in the RAF so this brevet has a rightful claim in any battle of Britain collection. Silk on wool background Excellent condition, original badge.

$125 / £97/ €105  

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RAF mini O brevet

RAF mini O brevet

RAF mini O brevet-1

RAF mini O brevet-1

WWII RAF Bomb Disposal badge.

 

Another vital resource during the Battle of Britain was the RAF's Bomb Disposal squad. Unexploded bombs and mines were a constant hazard not only to the public but on airfields where the RAF had their own specially trained personnel to disarm, defuse or, if necessary, detonate safely the hundreds of pieces of unexploded ordnance. Nice badge embroidered on black wool.

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RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

RAF Bomb Disposal badge

Scarce First Anti-Aircraft Division shoulder patch / Formation Sign.

Highly important to Britain's defence during the Battle of Britain were the Anti-Aircraft Divisions which had the try and distinguish which were the German bombers and which were the RAF fighters, so as to shoot at the right ones (not always successful!). This is an early example on grey wool showing a twin-engined, twin-tailed bomber (based no doubt on a Dornier 17) being pierced with a red sword. Not a common patch to find.

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Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

Rare early anti-aircraft patch

RAF Pre-WWII bullion full size Observer half-wing/brevet.

Superb, heavily padded pre-WWII RAF observer brevet in silver and gold wire on a blue barathea wool background. This would be worn on the full dress uniform and is actually far more scarce than the pilot wing. Absolutely beautiful example.

 

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RAF Pre-WWII bullion full size Observer wing/brevet

RAF Pre-WWII bullion full size Observer wing/brevet

RAF Pre-WWII bullion full size Observer wing/brevet

RAF Pre-WWII bullion full size Observer wing/brevet

A selection of scarce and beautifully made full size USAAF WWII wing badges.

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Liaison Pilot wing. Sterling marked and with a fantastic frosted finish and feather details. A beautiful wing, $225

Aircrew wing. Britsish made, not sterling and no hallmark, but lovely detail. $95

Service pilot wing. Sterling marked. Lovely wing. $125

Flight Engineer wing. Clutchback, hallmarked Gemsco Sterling. This is either very late WWII or early postwar (was introduced late). SOLD

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AAF wings

AAF wings

AAF wings

AAF wings

Liaison Pilot Wing

Liaison Pilot Wing

Liaison Pilot Wing (reverse)

Liaison Pilot Wing (reverse)

Flight Engineer wing (reverse)

Flight Engineer wing (reverse)

Service Pilot wing (reverse)

Service Pilot wing (reverse)

UK made Aircrew ing (reverse)

UK made Aircrew ing (reverse)

RAF aircrew brevets, theatre made.

 

Whereas pilot wings are quite often found with obvious indications of being made in the middle east or far east, theatre-made aircrew wings are far less common. These are all beautiful and authentic examples, most probably made in India, hand embroidered on fine wool (not felt) with various types of backing. 

Air Gunner (blue back) $99 / £75 / €85  

Air Gunner (red back) $99 / £75 / €85

Observer $110 / £85 / €95

Signaller $99 / £75 / €85

Bombaimer $99 / £75 / €85

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RAF aircrew brevets, theatre made

RAF aircrew brevets, theatre made

RAF aircrew brevets, theatre made

RAF aircrew brevets, theatre made

RARE WWI US Navy pilot wing.

 

Beautiful WWI era US Navy aviator's wing on a black velvet backing. Fine feathering detail on the wings typical of the period. Velvet wrapped around cardboard shows some wear commensurate with age. Carefully unpinning the wing and taking it off the backing reveals no markings whatsoever, but it appears to be gold or at least plated. Just a lovely wing.

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WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWI US Navy aviator wing

WWII RAF wings and brevets made in Canada.

 

From 1941, the Empire Flying Training System meant that many aircrews were shipped to Canada for training, and upon completion, were often presented with a brevet made in the RCAF style. These were not too popular among British crews who quickly replaced their badges with the more familiar RAF types as soon as possible! A selection of unused but original Canadian made aircrew brevets is offered:

Pilot: $75 / £60 / €65

Observer: $65 / £52 / €57

Navigator: $50 / £40 / €44

Wireless Operator / Gunner: SOLD

Bombaimer: $50 / £40 / €44

Flight Engineer (swept wing): $55 / £44 / €49

Flight Engineer (straight wing): $55 / £44 / €49

Air Gunner: SOLD

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RAF Canadian made wings

RAF Canadian made wings

WWII Air Training Corps lapel badge

Beautifully made gilt and blue enamel lapel badge measuring just 1" x 0.75" across with a buttonhole fitting on the back. The ATC was formed as a branch of the RAF in 1939 to prepare Air Cadets for a future career in the RAF, and many WWII pilots, aircrew and ground crew began as 13-17 year olds in this organization. The Air Training Corps remains strong today and is still the only youth organization that is a direct branch of its parent military service. A lovely badge from the earliest days of the organization showing wear but no damage.

 

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WW2 Air Training Corps lapel badge

WW2 Air Training Corps lapel badge

WW2 Air Training Corps lapel badge

WW2 Air Training Corps lapel badge

WWII RAFVR lapel badge

Beautifully made gilt and enamel lapel badge measuring just 0.75" x 0.5" across with a buttonhole fitting on the back.  The RAF Volunteer Reserve was  a valuable resource of pilots and aircrew in WWII, most of whom learned to fly at their own expense prior to the war and were the first to be called up when hostilities broke out. This small badge may  have been worn on civilian clothes or given as a gift to loved ones to show their support. A lovely badge from the earliest days of the organization showing wear but no damage.

 

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WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII RAF VR lapel pin

WWII era enamelled Air Cadet lapel pin.

7/8" diameter Air Training Corps lapel pin, gilt with sky blue enamel inlay. I presume this was issued to a civilian instructor, since Air Cadets usually wore a silver metal lapel pin when not in uniform. Lovely badge with great detail and "horseshoe shaped button back for fitting into a button hole. Only ever seen a handful of these so quite scarce. The Air Training Corps was founded in 1940 with the specific intent of recruiting youth into the RAF by providing basic training in aeronautics, drill, etc. to boys aged 14 and up. The ATC remains the only cadet force/youth organization in the UK that is officially part of a military branch and is wholly sponsored and maintained by the RAF .

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WWII Royal Navy Petty Officer's cap badge.

Lovely example of a Royal Navy Petty Officer's cap badge as worn on the everyday service dress uniform; red silk embroidered on a wool background with a stiffener and an oilcloth backing. Excellent condition. Badge was the same for all branches of the Royal Navy, so would be worn by Fleet Air Arm, submarine crews and everyone in between.

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WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII CBI tie clip in sterling silver.

Not sure if this is a souvenir piece or a later reunion item, but it's old based on the stye and the fact it's made of solid silver with an enameled CBI shield. Lovely item, heavy with a solid spring. 1.75" long.

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WWII CBI tie clip

WWII CBI tie clip

WWII CBI tie clip

WWII CBI tie clip

WWII RCAF other ranks cap badge.

Lovely original RCAF cap badge has been lovingly polished to make it gleam and remove all the details from the surface, as was the style airmen strove for.

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RCAF other ranks cap badge

RCAF other ranks cap badge

RCAF other ranks cap badge

RCAF other ranks cap badge

Sample set of 3 RCAF uniform buttons.

 

Lovely set of unused RCAF uniform buttons, one in each of the sizes made (large for tunic, medium for pocket and small for cap). Attached to a piece of cardboard and bound at the back with wire. Perhaps a salesman's sample or collected during the war, but crisp as the day they were made (if somewhat dull and tarnished - I have left them as is, it's up to the new owner to polish if desired). Can't tell the maker without removing from card which i do not want to do.

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Sample set of RCAF buttons

Sample set of RCAF buttons

Sample set of RCAF buttons

Sample set of RCAF buttons

Sample set of RCAF buttons

Sample set of RCAF buttons

Miniature observer brevet for the mess dress jacket, possibly WWI RFC or very early RAF.

 

Beautiful and quite rare miniature Observer badge in gold and silver bullion wire embroidery on fine wool background, showing lots of patina and tarnish. Measures 2" (50mm) diagonally across from the bottom left of the O to the tip of the wing, on an oilcloth backing. Possibly as early as WWI but  am include to think 1920s. Would very likely clean up if desired but perfect as is.

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Small (mess dress) RAF Observer wing

Small (mess dress) RAF Observer wing

Small (mess dress) RAF Observer wing

Small (mess dress) RAF Observer wing

Stunning and rare WWI miniature French "FIX: wing badge; from which the RNAS and eventually the RAF designed its iconic eagle.

Absolutely lovely miniature "FIX" eagle badge dating from early WWI and made in France. 1.25" (32mm) and appears to be gold but I cannot find any hallmarks other than the name "FIX". History tells us that a high ranking Royal Navy officer purchased one of thee badges for his wife and liked it so much that he insisted it be adopted as the flying badge for the RNAS - and later of course it became the cuff and shoulder badge for the RAF. This is the first miniature I have seen and it is exquisite in its detail and construction.

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WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

WWI French "FIX" miniature wing

Lovely WWII AAF pilot wing.

Standard issue type pilot wing, with no markings to rear, clutch back style. It looks like sterling with tarnish and patina but not marked as such. Nice, honest full-size 3" wing.

£43 / $45 / €48  

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WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

WWII AAF pilot wing full-size

Set of 2 Distinctive Insignia for the Army Air Corps Advanced Flying Training School. 

Lovely matching pair of enameled DIs, pin back and maker marked NS Meyer bearing the famous UT VIRI VOLENT scroll under the flaming torch. Excellent condition.

$25 / £20 / €23 

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AAF Advanced Flying School DI set

AAF Advanced Flying School DI set

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IMG_339AAF Advanced Flying School DI

WWII RAF brass Flight Sergeant's crowns.

Full size brass King's Crown badges, worn above the 3 chevrons on each arm to denote the rank of Flight Sergeant. Quite a hard to find item these days. Small quantity available. Some make reasonable matching pairs and I will try to match them as best I can if you want a pair, but offered singly.

EACH $20 / £15 / €18   email for more information

 

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

RAF brass flight sergeant's crowns

WWII AAF 3" Air Gunner wing in sterling silver.

 

Standard full-size graduation issue US Army Air Forces Air Gunner wing, not maker marked but stamped "sterling". Two-piece construction with applied winged bullet in heavily stylized art deco design. Pin back. A lovely example.

 

£50 / $70 / €57   email for more information

 

AAF sterling Air Gunner wing

AAF sterling Air Gunner wing

AAF sterling Air Gunner wing

AAF sterling Air Gunner wing

WWII AAF sweetheart brooch for the girlfriend of a captain.

 

Beautifully made silver sweetheart brooch in silver (though not marked) comprises a tiny winged prop badge joined together with a chain to a miniature set of captain's bars - both with separate pins. A unique style I have not seen before.

£18 / $25 / €20  email for more information

 

AAF Captain's sweetheart brooch

AAF Captain's sweetheart brooch

AAF Captain's sweetheart brooch

AAF Captain's sweetheart brooch

WWII USN officer's full-size visor cap badge.

 

Beautifully made full-size USN visor cap badge, s-piece construction with screw back. Maker marked Amcraft and 1/20 10K gold. Superb patina.

 

£28 / $35 / €30  email to secure this item

WWII US Navy officer's cap badge

WWII US Navy officer's cap badge

WWII US Navy officer's cap badge

WWII US Navy officer's cap badge

WWII USN officer's overseas cap badge

 

Beautifully made small size clutch back  badge for the overseas cap. Marked W-22-N

 

£8 / $10 / €9   email to secure this item

USN overseas cap badge CB

USN overseas cap badge CB

USN overseas cap badge CB

USN overseas cap badge CB

WWII USN ratings sleeve  badges (x3)

 

Please see pictures. All are WWII and came from a veteran's estate.

 

1. On blue wool still in cellophane wrapping dated 1945

£16 / $15 / €17  email to secure this item

 

 

2. On white cotton unused dated 1945

£8 / $15 / €9   email to secure this item

 

 

3. Air Electronics tech. On blue wool unused (larger)

£8 / $12 / €9   email to secure this item

WWII USN sleeve badge 1

WWII USN sleeve badge 1

WWII USN sleeve badge 1

WWII USN sleeve badge 1

WWII USN sleeve badge 2

WWII USN sleeve badge 2

WWII USN sleeve badge 2

WWII USN sleeve badge 2

WWII USN sleeve badge 3

WWII USN sleeve badge 3

WWII USN sleeve badge 3

WWII USN sleeve badge 3

Early RAF identity disk "dog" tag.

 

Pressed fibreboard disk incised with the name J.B. Richardson, his serial number 155087 and his religion C.E. (Church of England). The reverse is marked "RAF."

Not a scarce item but a nice perosnal display.

 

Priced at £12 / $15 / €14  email for more details

Early RAF "dog tag"

Early RAF "dog tag"

Early RAF "dog tag"

Early RAF "dog tag"

Various RAF rank + trade insignia

Various RAF rank + trade insignia

Various RAF rank + trade insignia

Various RAF rank + trade insignia

Various WWII RAF rank / trade insignia.

 

All WWII period except where noted.

 

Warrant Officer cuff badge (QC - early 1950s)

£7.85 / $10 / €8.95

 

Leading Aircraftsman (2-bladed prop) 3 different

each £3.95 / $5 / €4.90

 

Senior Aircraftsman (3-bladed prop) 2 different

each £3.95 / $5 / €4.90

 

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