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Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

A scarce ORIGINAL 'Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification pin badge', gilt brass winged canopy inlaid with light blue and white enamel 'Irvin' title below, the reverse impressed with straight maker's details 'H.W.Miller Ltd B'Ham.18 MADE IN ENGLAND' (an address format used between 1957 and 1976). Very good condition, complete with correct original clamped joint coiled pin fitting and hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width 33mm.
Height 20mm.

Code: 63678

45.00 GBP


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Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

A scarce ORIGINAL 'Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification pin badge', gilt brass winged canopy inlaid with slighly darker blue and white enamel 'Irvin' title below, the reverse impressed with curved maker's details 'H.W.Miller Ltd Branston St B'Ham.18' MADE IN ENGLAND' (an address format used between 1935 and 1958). Very good condition, complete with correct original clamped joint coiled pin fitting and hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width 33mm.
Height approx 20mm.

Code: 63677

60.00 GBP


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Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

A scarce ORIGINAL 'Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification pin badge', gilt brass winged canopy inlaid with light blue and white enamel 'Irvin' title below, the reverse impressed with curved maker's details 'H.W.Miller Ltd Branston St B'Ham.18' (an address format used between 1935 and 1958). Very good condition, complete with correct original clamped joint coiled pin fitting and hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width 33mm.
Height approx 20mm.

Code: 63676

45.00 GBP


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GQ Parachutist Company gold qualification badge

GQ Parachutist Company gold qualification badge

A rare original circa 1989 Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company gold qualification badge, the reverse impressed with Birmingham 9 carat gold hallmarks for 1989 and maker's details 'JRG&S' (JR Gaunt and Sons). Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole horseshoe shape fitting.
Width 38mm.
Height 17mm.

Gold Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company Badges were presented to aircrew whose life had been saved by a GQ parachute.

Code: 63675

900.00 GBP


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GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter Company qualification badge

GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter Company qualification badge

A scarce original circa 1940's 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ qualification badge' depicting a parachutist, the rounded end wings inlaid with dark red enamel, the reverse impressed 'G.Q Parachutist'. Very good condition, complete with original tube joint pin fitting and correct flat rolled catch, no damage to the enamel.
Width 38mm.
Height approx 17mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 63674

45.00 GBP


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Parachute Regiment Airborne Pegasus Old Comrades Association lapel badge

Parachute Regiment Airborne Pegasus Old Comrades Association lapel badge

A rare original early post war period 'Airborne Pegasus Old Comrades Association badge in the form of a small chromium plated Pegasus be'aring 'O.C.A.' curved scroll below, the reverse impressed with maker's details 'Marples & Beasley Birmingham' (A pattern of marking used circa 1940's and 1950's). Good condition, complete with original buttonhole lapel fitting, minor service wear.
Height 23mm.

Code: 63294

180.00 GBP


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WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge excavated

WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge excavated

A scarce ORIGINAL classic wartime issue 'Parachute Regiment beret badge'; die stamped white metal winged parachute canopy surmounted by a Royal Crest bearing a non-voided crown. Excavated condition, complete with original loops, one slightly bent, undulated wing span with evidence of pitting to the surface.
Width approx 67mm.

Originally formed as The Parachute Corps 22nd June, 1940 at The Central Landing School, Ringway, Manchester; redesignated The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps 1st August, 1942.

Code: 63244

85.00 GBP


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British Army Parachute Qualification bullion wing Griscti's Valletta Malta

British Army Parachute Qualification bullion wing Griscti's Valletta Malta

A scarce original circa 1966 to 1979 Cold War period 'Parachute Qualification felt cloth wing' embroidered in gold bullion, with silver wire canopy, the reverse still retaining white paper disc with maker's details 'Griscti's Malta Embroiderers' with the numbers '31975' '50'. Good condition, bullion toned.
Width approx 89mm.

GRISCTI'S EMBROIDERIES LTD, VALLETTA, Malta, was founded in 1966 and was one of the main manufacturers and suppliers of uniforms and insignia to the military forces. The British Military Forces withdrew from Malta on the 31/3/1979.

Code: 63218

60.00 GBP


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WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge

WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge

A scarce ORIGINAL classic wartime issue 'Parachute Regiment beret badge'; die stamped white metal winged parachute canopy surmounted by a Royal Crest bearing a non-voided crown. Very good condition, complete with original loops, minor service wear.
Width approx 68mm.

Originally formed as The Parachute Corps 22nd June, 1940 at The Central Landing School, Ringway, Manchester; redesignated The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps 1st August, 1942.

Code: 63176

75.00 GBP


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

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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GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter Company qualification badge RAF Free French

GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter Company qualification badge RAF Free French

A scarce original early pattern 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist, the slightly smaller slim wings inlaid with orangey red enamelling, the reverse impressed 'G.Q. Parachutist'. Very good condition, complete with original tube joint pin fitting and flat rolled catch, no damage to the enamel.
Width 38mm.
Height 17mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 60529

55.00 GBP


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WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge

WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge

A scarce original wartime issue 'Parachute Regiment beret badge'; die stamped silver plated brass winged parachute canopy surmounted by a Royal Crest bearing a non-voided crown, this convex shaped for a snug fit. Very worn condition, silver plating worn back to brass to the front, complete with original loops and split pin.
Width 66mm.

Originally formed as The Parachute Corps 22nd June, 1940 at The Central Landing School, Ringway, Manchester; redesignated The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps 1st August, 1942.

Code: 60527

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Parachute Regiment silver and enamel winged badge

Parachute Regiment silver and enamel winged badge

A rare original circa mid 1940's British made 'Parachute Regiment brooch' or possibly mess dress badge, black and white canopy flanked by plain silver wings, the reverse impressed 'Sterling'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel intact.
Width 50mm.

Code: 59882

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GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter qualification badge

GQ Parachutist Gregory & Quilter qualification badge



A scarce original 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company die-stamped silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist. Good condition, complete with original pin fittings.
Width 37mm.
Height 16mm.

Code: 59497

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Airborne Wandeltochte Police Sports Association Renkum souvenir medal

Airborne Wandeltochte Police Sports Association Renkum souvenir medal

A good original early pattern 'Airborne Walking Tour bronze participants medal, the obverse displaying an embossed pegasus emblem and suspended from a silk maroon ribbon. Very good condition.
Diameter 27mm.

The annual Airborne Walking Tour was started in 1947 to honour those who fought for the liberation of our country in the September 1944. It is a tribute to the 1,700 and more British and Polish parachutist soldiers who died and were buried in the Battle of Arnhem at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek.



Code: 59473

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Parachute Regiment silver and enamel winged badge

Parachute Regiment silver and enamel winged badge

A scarce original circa mid 1940's 'Parachute Regiment brooch' or possibly mess dress badge, plain silver canopy flanked by turquoise blue enamel wings, the reverse impressed 'Silver'. Good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel with minor service wear.
Width 47mm.

Code: 59402

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RAF Parachute Training School PTS Canopy Club membership badge

RAF Parachute Training School PTS Canopy Club membership badge

A good original early post 1945 period 'PTS Canopy Club badge'; gilded brass circlet inlaid with blue enamel bearing white parachute canopy to centre within laurel sprays and complete with white enamel feathered wing; the reverse impressed with maker's details 'Toye Kenning & Spencer Birmingham'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width approx 35mm.

The Royal Air Force Parachute Training School 'PTS Canopy Club' was founded in 1945 it was taken over by the the Parachute Jumping Instructors 'PJI Canopy Club Association' in 2012.

Code: 59387

35.00 GBP


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WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge

WW2 Parachute Regiment other ranks beret badge


A good original wartime issue 'Parachute Regiment beret badge'; die stamped white metal winged parachute canopy surmounted by a Royal Crest bearing a non-voided crown. Good condition, complete with original loops, minor service wear.
Width 67mm.

Originally formed as The Parachute Corps 22nd June, 1940 at The Central Landing School, Ringway, Manchester; redesignated The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps 1st August, 1942.

Code: 58923

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Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge

Irvin Air Chutes Parachute Company qualification badge


A scarce original circa 1960's gilt badge, the Irvin title and canopy inlaid with blue and white enamel, the wings narrower than the wartime version, the reverse with maker's details "F&S" "Made in England". Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel.
Width 27mm.

Code: 57168

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GQ Parachutist Qualification parachute badge RAF, Free French

GQ Parachutist Qualification parachute badge RAF, Free French


A scarce original early pattern 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist, the slightly smaller slim wings inlaid with orangey red enamelling, the reverse impressed "G.Q. Parachutist". Fair condition, retaining original tube joint pin fitting and flat rolled catch, heavy enamel loss and service wear to silver plating.
Width 36mm.
Height 16mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 57167

30.00 GBP


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