Insignia / Medals / Badges - British & Commonwealth

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Matching pair of RAF epaulettes for a Squadron Leader for the KD service dress tunic.

 

Tan khaki cotton drill shoulder straps with rank lace for a Squadron Leader. Button in type for the KD service dress tunic or bush shirt. Show use but very good condition.

$45 / £38 / €44

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Matching pair of RAF epaulettes for a Squadron Leader for the KD service dress tunic.

Matching pair of RAF epaulettes for a Squadron Leader for the KD service dress tunic.

Matching pair of RAF epaulettes for a Squadron Leader for the KD service dress tunic.

Matching pair of RAF epaulettes for a Squadron Leader for the KD service dress tunic.

RCAF ops wing indicating a completed tour of duty, converted to pin-back.

 

Lovely example of the RCAF ops wing, by Birks, in Sterling Silver with a gold wash or plating. Most have the gold finish worn away, but this retains its nice gilt finish. It has has been modified by a jeweller by removing the screw posts on the back and replacing them with a gold pin fastening. Unfortunately the pin is now broken and missing, but could be easily replaced by a jeweller. Unfortunately no history, but it is a lovely original example.

$75 / £65 / €72

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RCAF ops wing indicating a completed tour of duty, converted to pin-back.

RCAF ops wing indicating a completed tour of duty, converted to pin-back.

RCAF ops wing indicating a completed tour of duty, converted to pin-back.

RCAF ops wing indicating a completed tour of duty, converted to pin-back.

Lovely Kings Crown RAF Warrant Officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London.

Nice early full-size Warrant Officer's cap badge by Ludlow. Has the hand painted space between crown and eagle and the separate insert of red behind the crown. Exquisite detail on the gilt. Lug back and in great condition.

$50 / £48 / €52

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Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Lovely Kings Crown RAF warrant officer's cap badge by Ludlow of London

Nice matching set of RAF slide-on Squadron Leader rank insignia for the KD jacket.

Obviously worn with some fading to the colour, but no damage. Perfect matched pair for the KD or for the bush jacket.

$45 / £37 / €42

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Nice matching set of RAF slide-on Squadron Leader rank insignia for the KD jacket.

Nice matching set of RAF slide-on Squadron Leader rank insignia for the KD jacket.

Nice matching set of RAF slide-on Squadron Leader rank insignia for the KD jacket.

Nice matching set of RAF slide-on Squadron Leader rank insignia for the KD jacket.

Single wartime RAF shoulder title "Canada".

Worn on both shoulders of Canadian personnel serving oversea (other ranks), light blue embroidered on a dark blue/black wool background. Single only.

$25 / £23 / €26

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Single RAF shoulder title "Canada"

Single RAF shoulder title "Canada"

Single RAF shoulder title "Canada"

Single RAF shoulder title "Canada"

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

 

Lovely and scarce matching pair of RAAF shoulder straps for the RAAF KD tropical uniform jacket. Rank of squadron leader, and easy to tell the owner was field promoted – bronze eagles/crowns have been moved make way for the extra strips and all stripes are mismatched! Excellent condition.

$55 / £48 / €55

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Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

Matched pair of RAAF epaulettes/shoulder straps for the KD jacket, rank of Sq,Ldr.

RAF wireless operator trade badge, early WWII embroidered on fine wool.

Removed from uniform and showing wear and use but no damage, lovely early wartime (or pre-war) wireless operator's badge, worn on the upper right sleeve. Silk embroidrede on fine wool. This was one of the earliest qualification badges, first introduced in the Royal Flying Corps.

$35 / £30 / €35

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RAF wireless operator trade badge, early WWII embroidered on fine wool.

RAF wireless operator trade badge, early WWII embroidered on fine wool.

RAF wireless operator trade badge, early WWII embroidered on fine wool.

RAF wireless operator trade badge, early WWII embroidered on fine wool.

RAF signaller half-wing brevet.

Very nice padded example of the signaller's qualification badge on fine wool background, with oilcloth backing. Has been sewn on and removed from uniform.

$55 / £48 / €55

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RAF signaller half-wing brevet

RAF signaller half-wing brevet

RAF signaller half-wing brevet

RAF signaller half-wing brevet

RCAF Air Gunner half-wing brevet.

Lovely wartime Canadian-made Air Gunner's qualification badge, embroidered in cream silk on black wool with russet wreath and red filled crown.  Flat, unpadded style with the subtle upswept wing tip. A good wartime example.

$45 / £40 / €45

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RCAF Air Gunner half-wing brevet

RCAF Air Gunner half-wing brevet

RCAF Air Gunner half-wing brevet

RCAF Air Gunner half-wing brevet

RCAF navigator half-wing brevet.

Lovely wartime Canadian-made navigator's qualification badge, embroidered in cream silk on black wool with russet wreath and red filled crown. Flat, unpadded style with the curved, down-swept wing. A good wartime example removed from a uniform with some minor loss to the background wool.

$45 / £40 / €45

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RCAF navigator half-wing brevet

RCAF navigator half-wing brevet

RCAF navigator half-wing brevet

RCAF navigator half-wing brevet

RCAF bomb aimer half-wing brevet.

Lovely wartime Canadian-made bomb aimer's qualification badge, featuring a straight wing embroidered in cream silk on black wool with russet wreath and red filled crown. Padded style with an oilcloth backing. A good wartime example.

$50 / £44 / €50

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RCAF bomb aimer half-wing brevet

RCAF bomb aimer half-wing brevet

RCAF bomb aimer half-wing brevet

RCAF bomb aimer half-wing brevet

Superb padded RAAF pilot wing.

Lovely wartime British-made RAAF pilot wing, embroidered in cream silk on dark blue melton wool with a light blue wreath with a black oilcloth backing. Nicely padded and never sewn on. A scarce wing.

$150 / £130 / €150

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Superb padded RAAF pilot wing

Superb padded RAAF pilot wing

Superb padded RAAF pilot wing

Superb padded RAAF pilot wing

Lovely Canadian made New Zealand pilot wing.

Lovely wartime Canadian-made RNZAF pilot wing, embroidered in cream silk on black wool felt with a brown wreath and red-filled crown. Nicely padded with black paper backing. Never sewn on. A scarce wing.

$150 / £130 / €150

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Lovely Canadian made New Zealand pilot wing

Lovely Canadian made New Zealand pilot wing

Lovely Canadian made New Zealand pilot wing

Lovely Canadian made New Zealand pilot wing

NAAFI embroidered patch.

Patch worn by the members of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute - a civilian volunteer organization which provided meals, drinks, supplemental clothing and entertainment to all branches of the service on the home front. The soldiers, sailors and airmen will be the first to admit they couldn't have made it through the war without the NAAFI tea ladies!

$25 / £20 / €25

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NAAFI patch

NAAFI patch

NAAFI patch

NAAFI patch

Cold War era / 1950s RCAF flying suit badge.

Lovely 1950s or perhaps early 1960s RCAF flying suit or blazer badge, constructed of padded velvet and silk with heavy gold and silver  bullion wire embroidery. Well made with that distinctive "Canadian" look to the eagle, and the legend Per Ardua Ad Astra used by all Commonwealth air forces. Has been sewn on but remains bright and in good condition.

$35 / £30 / €35

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Cold War era / 1950s RCAF flying suit badge

Cold War era / 1950s RCAF flying suit badge

Cold War era / 1950s RCAF flying suit badge

Cold War era / 1950s RCAF flying suit badge

Scarce 1935 National League of Airmen membership badge.

The National League of Airmen was founded in 1935, at a time when Britain was politically divided between further disarmament and increasing military strength. The NLA was an ultra-conservative right wing "club" which recruited members from within the RAF and civilian aviation community with a view to fostering the belief that Britain must expand the RAF, develop greater air power and budget for more modern aircraft in order to improve national security. As it turned out, the threat from Nazi Germany forced the issue so the organization did not exist for very long. This lapel badge, which measures 1.25" x 0.875" (30mm x 22mm) is in very good condition with all its blue enamel intact. Maker marked Caxton Nameplate Mfg. London, which seems to be a scarce manufacturer.

$45 / £38 / €45

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1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

1935 National League of Airmen membership badge

ARP sterling silver badge with silver hallmark of 1936.

Sterling silver ARP badge, worn by officers, or possibly the founding members of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions). These badges were beautifully made by authorized jewellers and hallmarked accordingly. The ARP department was founded in 1935, with local authorities in charge of their own groups on a largely volunteer basis, until the Air Raid Precautions Act of 1938 made it a consolidated organization.  The hallmark indicates this example was made in London and dates to 1936 - a very nice and very early example. It was obviously valued by its owner, because he or she had the jeweller add a safety chain to prevent its loss. Lovely badge!

$42 / £35 / €42

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ARP sterling silver badge

ARP sterling silver badge

ARP sterling silver badge

ARP sterling silver badge

ARP sterling silver badge

ARP sterling silver badge

RAAF Observer half wing brevet.

Wartime Royal Australian Air Force qualification badges are among the more difficult to find, and this is a lovely original example of the wartime RAAF Observer badge. It differed completely from the RAF issue by being standardized into the same pattern as all other RAAF aircrew brevets - the "O" inside a blue wreath alongside a detached "half" wing. Off white silk on a padded dark blue wool background, black cotton backing. Slight glue residue on the back.

 

$120 / £100 / €118

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RAAF Observer half wing brevet

RAAF Observer half wing brevet

RAAF Observer half wing brevet

RAAF Observer half wing brevet

WWII era GQ factory parachutists Badge.

Though not the GQ "club badge" in gold (for those members whose lives were saved by a Gregory and Quilter parachute), these badges were nonetheless given to the men and women who jumped with the parachutes, for testing and practice purposes. Wartime manufactured badge in white metal with GQ Parachutist engraved on the back. A tribute to the brave souls who jumped with experimental parachutes to make sure they were safe for the RAF airmen.

$45 / £38 / €44

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GQ parachutists Badge

GQ parachutists Badge

GQ parachutists Badge

GQ parachutists Badge

Wartime Irvin Airchute company pin badge.

As above, not the badge issued to RAF airmen whose lives were saved by the Irvin parachute, but given to Irvin company employees who designed and tested the parachutes on a daily basis. Gilt metal with blue and white enamel, and maker marked on the back, H.W. Miller, Branston St. Birmingham.  

$45 / £38 / €44

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Wartime Irvin Airchute company pin badge

Wartime Irvin Airchute company pin badge

Wartime Irvin Airchute company pin badge

Wartime Irvin Airchute company pin badge

Post War British army insignia - job lot of 6 pieces.

Post War British army insignia - job lot of 6 pieces, all in bullion wire embroidery. All for ceremonial or best dress uniform comprising QC on green felt, QC and wreath on green felt, sergeant's stripes on green felt, QC in wreath on black felt, sergeant's strips on red felt, combined services badge on black felt. All superbly well made. 

$65 / £55 / €62

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Post War British army insignia - job lot

Post War British army insignia - job lot

Post War British army insignia - job lot

Post War British army insignia - job lot

Pre-1952 RAF 99 Squadron flying suit badge for the Beadon suit.

Superb silk embroidered squadron patch of the type worn on flying suits and prestige suits, but this example is embroidered on the same  blue-grey heavy cotton from which Beadon suits were made. Badge is uncut and has been displayed in a frame so the background fabric has faded very slightly but the silk still its retains its full rich colour. 99 squadron has a long and illustrious history and served in Burma from 1942 to 1945 before converting from Wellingtons to Liberators in preparation for the invasion of Malaya, making it extremely likely that crews would have been wearing the Beadon suit at that time. The badge depicts a leaping Puma and is surmounted by the King's crown.

$125 / £100 / €120

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99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.3685

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.3685

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

99 Squadron flying suit patch for the Beadon suit.

Unusual miniature full dress RAF wireless operator (signaler) brevet in bullion wire.

Scarce and beautifully made miniature brevet for the full or mess dress uniform for a wireless operator (signaler), WWII era.  1.75" (4.5cm) in length, embroided in gold bullion wire with a silver "S" on a blue wool background, padded with a cotton backing and pin back for easy removal.

$40 / £30 / €38

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Miniature full dress RAF wireless operator (signaler) brevet

Miniature full dress RAF wireless operator (signaler) brevet

Miniature full dress RAF wireless operator (signaler) brevet

Miniature full dress RAF wireless operator (signaler) brevet

Fleet Air Arm flight observer's badge for an officer.

Lovely, heavy bullion embroidered Flight Observer's badge for a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm officer. Evidence of having been sewn on  auniform and correct wartime period with red velvet filled crown, silver anchor and wool background.

$98 / £75 / €90

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Fleet Air Arm flight observer's badge for an officer

Fleet Air Arm flight observer's badge for an officer

Fleet Air Arm flight observer's badge for an officer

Fleet Air Arm flight observer's badge for an officer

Wartime flight engineer half-wing brevet.

Nice flat wartime example of the brevet awarded to flight engineers – a silk embroidered E within a brown wreath and a "half" or single wing. Excellent condition - has been glued into an album and still has a small piece of green paper glued to back.

$50 / £38 / €45

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Wartime flight engineer half-wing brevet

Wartime flight engineer half-wing brevet

Wartime flight engineer half-wing brevet

Wartime flight engineer half-wing brevet

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs.

 

2 pairs of uniform shoulder straps/epaulettes for a RAF Air Rank officer with the rank of Air Commodore (single wide rank lace).

 

First set are from a tailored blouse (BD type).

 

Second pair are for a RAF greatcoat.

 

Both are in excellent condition. Very difficult to find Air Rank uniforms or accessories!

$40 / £30 / €37 each set 

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$67 / £50 / €60 both sets together

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RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

RAF Air Commodore rank epaulettes/shoulder straps x 2 pairs

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform, matching pair.

 

Excellent RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform, dating from 1951-52 by Gieves. Matching pair, left and right (so both eagles face to the rear). Though manufactured with the "Queen's Crown" embroidered above the eagle and QC buttons, the Gieves label on the white leather backing states "By Special Appointment to His Majesty the King" - suggesting they were still using these old stock backing and dating the to the period of ERII's succession. Gold lace for the rank of Squadron Leader. Beautifully made and very high quality.

$45 / £35 / €40

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Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

Very early post-war RAF officer's epaulettes for the mess-dress uniform.

RCAF Other Ranks eagle  shoulder tabs.

 

The style adopted by the RCAF during the war which resembles a strangled chicken more than an eagle, but they are what they are! A perfect matched pair, never sewn on.

$20 / £15 / €18

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RCAF Eagle shoulder tabs

RCAF Eagle shoulder tabs

RCAF Eagle shoulder tabs

RCAF Eagle shoulder tabs

Early WWII combat veteran RAF pilot wing removed from uniform.

 

A perfect example of what happens to a wing/brevet when it is rubbed or worn by a mae west or parachute harness! This lovely wing is an early example, hand embroidered in silk on a melton wool backing, but it has rubbed away at the edge and the threads have separated. Still it displays nicely for what it is!

$60 / £45 / €55

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Early WWII RAF pilot wing removed from uniform

Early WWII RAF pilot wing removed from uniform

Early WWII RAF pilot wing removed from uniform

Early WWII RAF pilot wing removed from uniform

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander.

Excellent early pair of Royal navy epaulettes (shoulder boards) for the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Dark blue/black melton wool with gold braid rank curls and white leather backing, maker marked to Stephen Simpson of Preston and London. Includes the gilt RN buttons. These were worn on dress uniforms but also on the later issued "working dress" which was the the Naval equivalent of battledress. Worn by all branches including the Fleet Air Arm. Very nice tailored example.

$45 / £35 / €40

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Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

Royal Navy epaulettes for working dress, rank of Lt. Commander

RAF official guest badge for New Year event, December 31, 1941.

Beautiful printed cardboard badge perhaps worn by dignitaries or guests of the RAF, or RAF personnel in civilian clothes at a special event.  3.5" x 2.5" (90mm x 60mm) printed in gold, dark blue, sky blue and red on light cardboard, with a sky blue ribbon and safety pin. Stamped on the back is "Royal Air Force Blackpool, Dec 31 1941 - Jan 1, 1942 " so it appears to be for a New Year's Eve gathering, or perhaps a party. Blackpool (RAF Squire's Gate) was one of the main gathering points for RAF trainees being inducted and being on the western side of Great Britain was less subject to raids; in fact the famous Blackpool illuminations were kept on for much of the war.  Slight creases, especially on the eagle's wingtips, otherwise very condition for its age. A scarce and unusual RAF insignia. Probably made by the hundred, yet few are likely to have survived. Well worthy of deeper research.

$55 / £40 / €48

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RAF official guest badge for New Year event, December 31, 1941.

RAF official guest badge for New Year event, December 31, 1941.

RAF official guest badge for New Year event, December 31, 1941.

RAF official guest badge for New Year event, December 31, 1941.

WWI or early 1920s RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge.

WWI or early 1920s RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge. One piece gilt on brass eagle and crown with R•A•F beneath. This same style was previously made with the letters R•N•A•S  but presumably updated following the amalgamation of the RNAS and RFC into the RAF in April 1918. 2.25" (57mm) across with lugs to back. Excellent condition.

$35 / £25 / €30

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WWI RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge

WWI RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge

WWI RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge

WWI RAF "Sweetheart" or lapel badge

WWII RAF LAC tropical sleeve rank badge.

High quality tropical rank badge for a Leading Aircraftsman. Embroidered in red silk on a stiff khaki cotton background with white cotton backing fabric. Has been sewn on and is grubby but is in excellent condition. A nice eearly example.

$20 / £15 / €18

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WWII RAF LAC tropical sleeve rank badge

WWII RAF LAC tropical sleeve rank badge

WWII RAF LAC tropical sleeve rank badge

WWII RAF LAC tropical sleeve rank badge

Royal Observer Corps shoulder flash.

 

Awarded the "Royal" prefix in 1941, the Observer Corps provided invaluable service during the Battle of Britain and throughout the war, identifying enemy aircraft, estimating raid strengths and many other facets of air raids in order to help the RAF and anti-aircraft batteries to be ready for the next onslaught. This is an early ROC shoulder flash, embroidered on blue wool with cotton backing.

$35 / £25 / €30

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Royal Observer Corps shoulder flash

Royal Observer Corps shoulder flash

Royal Observer Corps shoulder flash

Royal Observer Corps shoulder flash

Early post war RAF pilot wing brevet ("Queen's" Crown).

 

Beautifully maid and quite heavily padded example of a RAF pilot wing brevet from the early 1950s, with a "Queen's" Crown but otherwise identical to WWII patterns, with cream silk embroidered wings, crown and cipher, and russet silk wreath. An excellent example, never sewn on. 

$40 / £30 / €34

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Early post war RAF pilot wing brevet

Early post war RAF pilot wing brevet

Early post war RAF pilot wing brevet

Early post war RAF pilot wing brevet

WWII RAF corporals stripes on shoulder slides, locally/rigger made.

 

Matching pair of locally/rigger made shoulder rank slides for a RAF corporal. These have been carefully made by cutting down 2 sets of corporal stripes and sewing them to a khaki canvas backing. Very good example of wartime improvisation.

$50 / £36 / €43

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RAF corporals stripes on shoulder slides, rigger made

RAF corporals stripes on shoulder slides, rigger made

RAF corporals stripes on shoulder slides, rigger made

RAF corporals stripes on shoulder slides, rigger made

WWII RAF "Sweetheart" brooch: silver pilot wing suspended from a bar.

 

Beautiful example of a RAF "sweetheart" brooch, given by a pilot to his wife, girlfriend or mother. Small, measuring just 1.25" (32mm) across, it is made of silver (both the wing and bar are marked "silver." The enamel is present but slightly discoloured and worn from polishing - obvioulsy a treasured piece. 

$30 / £20 / €25

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WWII RAF "Sweetheart" brooch: pilot wing suspended from a bar

WWII RAF "Sweetheart" brooch: pilot wing suspended from a bar

WWII RAF "Sweetheart" brooch: pilot wing suspended from a bar

WWII RAF "Sweetheart" brooch: pilot wing suspended from a bar

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing.

Exquisitely made early/unofficial version of the South African Air Force pilot wing in gilt with enamel details, fine feathering and a pin back. Measures 2.375" (6cm). Features the RAF style cipher with letters SAAF instead of the official crested quadrant adopted on SAAF wings.

$75 / £55 / €65  

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RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RARE South African Air Force miniature/sweetheart pilot wing

RAF wartime enameled sweetheart brooch featuring an observer brevet.

 

Lovely pinback "sweetheart" brooch  which would have been given to the wife, girlfriend or mother of someone who flew as an aircrew flight observer. 43mm at its longest point, with beautiful blue and white cloisonne on a gilt badge. 

$42 / £30 / €35 

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RAF wartime enameled sweetheart brooch featuring an observer brevet.

RAF wartime enameled sweetheart brooch featuring an observer brevet.

RAF wartime enameled sweetheart brooch featuring an observer brevet.

RAF wartime enameled sweetheart brooch featuring an observer brevet.

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

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

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

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 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

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.

 

$35 / £28 / €32   email to secure this item

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 .

$25 / £20 / €23   email to secure this item

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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.

$20 / £15 / €18  email to secure this item

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO cap badge

WWII RN PO 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.

$20 / £15 / €17    email to secure this item

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

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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