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A good original pre-1953 period 'Soldiers, Saliors & Airmens Families Association silver plate and enamel badge' the reverse with maker's details "J.R.Gaunt London". Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel.
'Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association' S.S.F.A. was founded by Major Gildea in 1885 with Queen Alexandra becoming the first president. With the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918 the organisation changed its name in 1919 to the 'Soldiers', Sailors' & Airmen's Families Association' S.S.A.F.A.
A rare original Second World War period 'Soldiers Saliors & Airmens Families Association S.S.&.A.F.A armband', finely made from machine edged navy blue felt secured by a stitched seam, embroidered with red letters 'S.S.&.A.F.A' above a King's Crown and circlet enclosing Queen Alexandra's cypher of crossed initials 'A' set on white cotton backing. Very good condition, colours remain bright, one moth hole.
Width 10.5 cm.
The Soldiers and Sailors Families Association (SSFA) was founded in 1885 by Colonel Sir James Gildea, an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Queen Alexandra was appointed President. In 1921 the Association changed its name to The Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Families Association (SSAFA).
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