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Mercantile Marine Merchant Navy Officers Gold Bullion Cap Badge

Merchant Navy Officer's Padded Gold Bullion Cap Badge. A good bullion example with brass metal crown and red felt backing cloth in good clean condition.


Code: 60930Price: 15.00 GBP

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Royal Naval Reserve RNR Officer Bullion Epaulette Device

An attractive and quality bullion wire officers epaulette device as worn on the full dress gold bullion epaulette from 1891 onwards. A silver fouled anchor on a gold backing inside a blue oval bearing the title, Royal Naval Reserve, in gold wire, with an outer row of silver wire loops. Circa 5.5cm wide. Backing paper now absent, with some bluetack traces to reverse otherwise in nice condition and a scarce item.


Code: 60927Price: 65.00 GBP

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British & Foreign Sailors Society (BFSS) copper medal from Nelsons ship with original presentation case

A piece of English artefact circa 1905 struck to Commemorative the Centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar fought by the Royal Navy in their final victory against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies in 1805 and sold on behalf of the 'British & Foreign Sailors Society' with obverse depicting an embossed representation of the ship 'HMS Foudroyant' in full sail., the reverse inscribed 'From B.F.S.S. Nelson Centenary Foudroyant and Victory Copper E.R.VII.' Very good condition, complete with original ring suspension fitting and very scarce original cardboard presentation souvenir case. Some wear to case but a rare survivor. Medal with ring is circa 3.8cm tall.


Code: 60751Price: 75.00 GBP

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WW1 / WW2 Royal Navy Leading Hand Rating Arm Badge, Kings Crown

Leading Hand Sleeve badge in Bullion as worn on No 1 dress. Removed from uniform. Bullion tarnished otherwise in very good condition. Leading Hand is a rate that sits between Able Seaman and Petty Officer. Worn from 1853. This looks like a WW1 issue.


Code: 60626Price: 10.00 GBP

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WW2 Royal Navy Petty Officers Rating Arm Badge, Kings Crown

King's crown woven with red silks example of a Petty Officers sleeve badge. Depicts crossed fouled anchors surmounted by the crown in red on a black rectangular backing. As worn on No 2 uniform. 1901 - 1953. This looks like a WW2 example.


Code: 60625Price: 15.00 GBP

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WW2 Royal Navy Petty Officers Bullion Cap Badge, Kings Crown

Removed from cap. A flat embroidered red threads on black wool background. Hessian backed with strengthening bar. Colour bright and in very good condition.


Code: 60624Price: 15.00 GBP

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WW1 / WW2 Royal Navy Chief Petty Officers Bullion Cap Badge, Kings Crown

Removed from cap. Padded and with embroidered silks of red, green and blue jewel highlights and a maroon velvet backing to crown. Embroidered bullion fouled anchor (unusual as normally metal) to centre on black velvet. Waxed hessian backing (minor wear) with strengthening bar. Some tarnish to bullion otherwise in very good condition.


Code: 60623Price: 35.00 GBP

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Royal Naval Officers Full Dress Fire Gilt Waist Belt Clasp (WBC), 1902 - 1953

A lovely item, with all fittings present. Fire gilt bright with only very minor wear to highpoints. Most probably pre 1939.


Code: 60250Price: 35.00 GBP

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Royal Marines ( RM ) Officer's Lovat two part matching Blackened Bronze King's Crown Cap Badge - Both parts with Blades

Die struck Globe and Laurel wreath with separate but matching King's crown and lion above. With original blades to both parts which have been neatly curved on both to make lugs. Blackened finish. Scarce.

See also 58965 for the QEII issue.


Code: 60006Price: 85.00 GBP

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Rare WW1 Merchant Navy 1st Pattern Red Embroidered Torpedo Badge

A rare WW1 Torpedo badge. This badge had to be applied for and was authorised on 6th June 1918 for wear by Merchant Navy personnel sunk by enemy action. Circa 7.2cm wide and 1.8cm tall. In very good condition.

When Admiral Jellicoe inspected the merchant seaman gunnery training college at Crystal Palace, he went down the ranks of one class asking the men how many times they had been torpedoed...the answers were "7 times, sir", "twice, sir", "4 times, sir" and finally "None, sir, I have only been mined."

Extracted from Hansard:

Sir A. Stanley: ... It has been suggested that some official recognition should be accorded for the gallantry of merchant servants, officers and seamen, who continue going to sea after having been torpedoed. This matter has been laid before His Majesty the King, and I am very glad to say that he has been graciously pleased to approve that badges shall be awarded through the Board of Trade to officers and seamen of the Mercantile Marine who have been on the articles of any British merchant or fishing vessel sunk or damaged during the present War by torpedo or mine and who have afterwards completed a further voyage on the articles of a British vessel. The badge will be in the form of a torpedo and is intended to be worn on the cuff of the left sleeve either of the man's sea or shore rig, and a bar to be worn under the torpedo badge will be awarded to Mercantile Marine officers and seamen after having been torpedoed or mined for the second time, and an additional bar for each subsequent similar service. The scheme will be retrospective and will apply to all persons employed on British merchant ships, including stewardesses. It is proposed to make the necessary arrangements at once and to publish an announcement when these have been completed. I am sure that what I have said will give particular pleasure to all hon. Members, and particularly those who have specially interested themselves in this matter."

Badges were awarded to next of kin where a claim was successful had the applicant survived.

To quote The Board of Trade regarding the wear of this badge:

The Torpedo badge is to be sewn on the cuff of the left sleeve of either sea or shore rig, with head of torpedo pointing away from the wearer.

This torpedo badge was authorised on 6th June 1918. On the 12th December 1918, the badge was approved in gold wire. Holders of the red badge and bar could exchange them for the gold badge. So the red version is probably much more scarce than the gold wire version.


Code: 59939Price: 85.00 GBP

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