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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 impressed 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: 61864

12.00 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 '51563'. Good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, minor service wear.
Height 24mm.

Code: 61858

20.00 GBP


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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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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: 61794

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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 '22541'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting.
Height 24mm.

Code: 61792

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Air Defence Cadet Corps cap badge by Gaunt

A scarce original circa 1938 to 1941 period 'Air Defence Cadet Corps cap badge'; chromium plated title circlet, stylised 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: 61789

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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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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR enamel lapel badge

A good original pre 1953 silver plated 'Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve badge' bearing a red enamel King's Crown, the "RAFVR" title bar inlaid with pale blue enamel. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel.
Height 20mm.

Code: 61059

12.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force officer's RAF Canada nationality cloth shoulder title badge

A scarce original wartime period 'Royal Air Force shoulder title', blue silk embroidered serif letters 'CANADA' on blue grey backing. Very good used condition.
Width approx 8cm.

Code: 61058

30.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force RAF ATC Flight Sergeant eagle cloth badge

A scarce original early pattern 'Royal Air Force Air Training Corps circular woven bound cloth backing with blue silk embroidered eagle in a circle, worn above the Sergeant chevrons to denote Flight Sergeant, the reverse with black cotton lining. Very good used condition.
Diameter approx 45mm.

Code: 61024

20.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force pilot's wing RAF salvaged aircraft perspex badge

A good original Second World War period sweetheart brooch, handcrafted from a piece of salvaged perpex from a fighter aircraft and made into the form of a pilot's wing using parts from a RAF brass button to enhance the centre, possibly sold to raise funds for the war effort. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings now a little rusty.
Wingspan 71mm.

Code: 60989

25.00 GBP


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WW2 Royal Air Force RAF pilot's wing ladies powder compact Made in England

An exceptionally good original circa 1940's typical wartime period powder compact, square polished steel example, the front mounted with a Royal Air Force pilot's wing sweetheart, on a celluloid covered painted sky blue base, the reverse with an engine turned pattern decoration with the back edge impressed 'Made in England'. Very good clean condition, complete with perfect mirror, unused gauze powder sifter and powder puff, sound hinges and catches. An excellent example of the period.
Size 65 x 65mm.

Code: 60958

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Fleet Air Arm FAA Air Crew Europe miniature group of six medal ribbon bar

A scarce original circa early post war period very well presented miniature ribbon bar group, bearing a '1939 -1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with rossette, Italy Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal with MID oakleaf'. Very good clean condition, pin fittings fully functioning.
Width 96mm.
Height 12mm.

Code: 60949

35.00 GBP


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Royal Air Force brass other ranks RAF cap badge

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

Code: 60948

15.00 GBP


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