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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR enamel lapel badge

A scarce original pre 1953 period 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve gilt lapel badge' bearing a red enamel King's Crown, the 'RAFVR' title bar inlaid with pale blue enamel to solid centre. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, manufacturers minor flaw to the enamel.
Height 21mm.

Code: 62493

20.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR enamel lapel badge

A scarce original pre 1953 period 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve gilt lapel badge' bearing a red enamel King's Crown, the 'RAFVR' title bar inlaid with dark blue enamel to voided centre. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel.
Height 20mm.

Code: 62492

20.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force RAF salvaged fighter aircraft perspex sweetheart brooch

A scarce original Second World War period Royal Air Force workshop art badge, handcrafted from off-cuts of salvaged perpex from a fighter aircraft windscreens in the form of a five-pointed star (a symbol of faith) using parts from a RAF brass button to enhance the centre and possibly sold to raise funds for the war effort. Very good condition, complete with pin fitting.
Height 37mm.

Code: 62408

60.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force RAF salvaged fighter aircraft perspex bracelet

A rare original Second World War period Royal Air Force workshop art, handcrafted from off-cuts of salvaged perpex from a fighter aircraft windscreens and skilfully made into a bracelet, using parts from a RAF brass button to enhance the centre and possibly sold to raise funds for the war effort. An old vintage label accompanying this item inscribed it as a 'Spitfire Hurricane Bracelet. Made from off-cuts of Fighting Aircraft Windscreens'. Very good condition, complete with original basic catch.
Length approx 80mm.

Code: 62407

220.00 GBP


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WRAF old comrades association pin badge

A scarce original circa 1920's early 'Women's Royal Air Force Old Comrades Association badge'; gilded brass strap inlaid with blue enamel and bearing title 'W.R.A.F. - O.C.A.' with eagle spread across the voided centre; the reverse impressed with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, very minor service wear to the enamel.
Height 23mm.

The Women's Royal Air Force Old Comrades Association was formed in 1919.

Code: 62383

45.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR officially numbered badge

A scarce original Second World War period unmarked silver 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve badge', made by the Royal Mint and impressed with official Air Ministry issue number '56595'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting.
Height 24mm.

Code: 62332

30.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force RAF Police printed cotton armband

A scarce original circa late war 1944 printed cotton issue 'R.A.F.P armband' with adjustable brass press studs with manufacturers details 'Newey Brothers B'Ham PAT 201430.22'. Very good condition, colour remains bright, one outer press stud ABSENT.
Width 9.3cm.
Length 93cm.

Code: 62322

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RAF Comforts Committee wartime volunteer knitting badge

A good original Second World War period 'RAF Comforts Committee volunteer worker home front badge'; chromium plated circular title surround inlaid with blue enamel, bearing Royal Air Force eagle to voided centre with scroll below 'Voluntary Worker', the reverse with maker's details 'Thomas Fattorini Ltd Regent St Birmingham'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, an excellent example.
Height 24mm.

During wartime the 'RAF Comforts Committee Voluntary Worker's contributed to the war effort by knitting woollen garments such as socks, polo neck jumpers and scarves etc for the Royal Air Force airman fighting for King and Country.

Code: 62250

20.00 GBP


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Air Defence Cadet Corps cap lapel badge

A good original circa 1938 to 1941 period 'Air Defence Cadet Corps lapel badge'; chromium plated title circlet, stylised electric blue enamel 'speedbird' emblem to voided centre. Very good condition, complete with original horseshoe style buttonhole fitting, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, minimal wear.
Diameter 18mm.

The 'Air Defence Cadet Corps' was founded in 1938, as a volunteer youth organisation to encourage young people to join the RAF. It was replaced in 1941 by the Air Training Corps.

Code: 62192

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Air Defence Cadet Corps cap badge by J.R.Gaunt London

A scarce original circa 1938 to 1941 period 'Air Defence Cadet Corps cap badge'; chromium plated title circlet, stylised electric blue enamel 'speedbird' emblem to voided centre, the reverse impressed with maker's details 'J.R.Gaunt London'. Very good condition, complete with two loop fittings and split pin, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, minimal wear.
Diameter 39mm.

The 'Air Defence Cadet Corps' was founded in 1938, as a volunteer youth organisation to encourage young people to join the RAF. It was replaced in 1941 by the Air Training Corps.

Code: 62162

35.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR pin badge

A scarce original Second World War period unmarked silver 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve badge', made by the Royal Mint without issue number and complete with original pin fitting. Very good condition.
Height 24mm.

Code: 62060

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Royal Air Force RAF matchbox cover circa 1940

A good original Second World War period celluloid matchbox cover, the front displaying a winged badge of the Royal Air Force the reverse inscribed with the Prime Minister Winston Churchill speech made in 1940 'NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW", along the spine is printed 'British Made'. Fair condition, foxing to all sides. Price reflects.
Size 56 x 38mm.

Code: 62048

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Royal Air Force handmade RAF badge made from a silver florin coin

A unique one-off original 'trench art' Second World War period bulbous RAF badge, skillfully made from a George V silver florin coin, the reverse bearing part details of the coins obverse. Good condition, lead solder applied pin fittings, HOOK now broken off.
Height 31mm.

Code: 61850

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Royal Canadian Air Force silver and enamel RCAF maple leaf pin badge

A scarce original Second World War period 'Royal Canadian Air Force brooch', Crowned 'Per Ardua ad Astra' enamelled crest with eagle spread across the the centre, resting on a title scroll and applied to a maple leaf, the reverse impressed 'Sterling'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel with slight flaws.
Width 28mm.

Code: 61643

35.00 GBP


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Royal Canadian Air Force silver and enamel RCAF pilot's wing pin badge

A scarce original Second World War period 'Royal Canadian Air Force brooch', Crowned 'Per Ardua ad Astra' enamelled crest with eagle spread across the centre, resting on a title scroll and applied to a well defined pair of arched feathered wings, the reverse impressed with two outward facing pennant marking and initials 'GF' (Gold Front). Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel with slight flaws.
Width 48mm.

Code: 61642

45.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR gilt and enamel lapel badge

A scarce original 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve brass and enamel lapel badge' bearing a King's Crown. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, minor enamel loss just below crown.
Height 18mm.
Width 30mm.

Code: 61602

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Royal New Zealand Air Force brass other ranks RNZAF cap badge

A scarce original circa King George VI period die-stamped brass other ranks 'Royal New Zealand Air Force cap badge'; Crowned laurel wreath bearing 'RNZAF' monogram to the centre; the reverse retaining original two loop fittings and split pin. Very good condition, minimal service wear.
Height 45mm.

Code: 61581

35.00 GBP


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WW1 Royal Flying Corps other ranks RFC brass cap badge

A scarce original First World War period 'Royal Flying Corps brass cap badge' finely detailed. Very good condition, complete with original two loop fittings and split pin.
Height 44mm.

On the 13 April 1912 King George V signed a royal warrant establishing the 'Royal Flying Corps. The 'RFC' and the RNAS 'Royal Naval Air Service' merged on 1st April 1918 to form the 'Royal Air Force'.

Code: 61580

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WW2 PEA-NUT CLUB fundraising celluloid tin button badge Guinea Pig Club RAF related

A good original circa 1940's period 'Pea-nut Club fundraising celluloid tin button badge' displaying a unshelled peanut, the rim with printed maker's details 'Caxton Name Plate MFG.Co. Ltd. Kew Green, Surrey'.
Very good condition, complete with original pin fitting, colours remain bright.
Diameter 26mm.

The Pea-nut Club was formed during the Second World War to support the 'Guinea Pig Club' established in 1941 by Sir Archibald McIndoe at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex, the Plastic Surgeon who rebuilt the faces of Royal Air Force servicemen burnt in action.

Code: 61282

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WW2 RAF Spitfire pilot's Irvin Parachute Company gold caterpillar club badge

A rare original unique 'Irvin Parachute Company wartime award' in the form of a small gold caterpillar, the eyes set with ruby coloured stones, the reverse inscribed 'W/O. T.V.Pigot'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings.
Length 20mm.

Awarded to 1059795 Warrant Officer T.V. Pigot who bailed out of his Supermarine MKV Spitfire of 1435 Squadron when hit by enemy fire after ground staffing enemy troops near Cerevode, Albania, whilst attached to the Balkan Air Force.

Warrant Officer T.V. Pigot by his service number volunteered in September 1940 at Padgate. Volunteering for aircrew he was selected for Pilot Training on the Spitfire fighter aircraft. In May 1943 he was posted to 1435 Squadron operating over Sicily and later Italy as a fighter bomber squadron. In October 1943 the squadron moved to the mainland of Italy and joined the Balkan Air Force. The squadron was based in southern Italy and helped provide local air defence as well as flying ground attack missions in Albania and Yugoslavia, supporting local partisans.
On the 11th December 1943 he scrambled to investigate two aircraft heading towards Bari, these turned out to be American P38 Lightnings, one of which opened fire on Pigot’s Spitfire, resulting in him crash landing on return to his airfield. He was uninjured.
On the 2nd April 1944 whilst on patrol, he and his wingman spotted a German ME109 fighter aircraft about to land, both Spitfires attached and the 109 was seen to crash in a field. He was credited with a 1/2 share of the 'Kill'.
On the 24th June with another Spitfire he was tasked with ground staffing enemy troops near Cerevode, Albania. During the attack he was hit and his wingman reported 'W/O Pigot called out that he had been hit in the oil system and said he was going to bail out. He turned North and gained 5,500 feet and baled out landing by parachute about 4 miles west of Cerevode'. His Spitfire VC was noted lost, Pilot safe. This is the action which resulted in the award of the Irvin Parachute Caterpillar Club badge.
An official photographer visited the Squadron in early 1944 and took a photograph of pilots of the Squadron sitting on the wing of a Spitfire, Pigot (2nd Left) among them the caption quotes 'Warrant Officer T. V. Pigot of Northwich, Cheshire”
Warrant Officer Pigot is not listed as POW and is presumed to have evaded capture.

The 'Gold Caterpillar Club Award' was initiated in the early 1920's by 'Leslie Irvin' of the 'Irvin Parachute Company' to be awarded to anyone whose life was actually saved by the use of one of their parachutes.

Code: 61097

1850.00 GBP


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