A lovely and scarce large size heavy gold plated (unmarked) badge. The eagle has a lovely lustre and is quite three-dimensional. Made in two pieces and of hollow construction, with suspension hook to centre which slightly obscures the maker's mark contained in an oval the letters 'FIX' (Bijou Fix Company). Very good condition, with original c clasp and pin fittings. The suspension hook on this example was either for a pendant or most likely an attachment point for a small ladies watch chain. An excellent example. 5 grams in weight an circa 6.7cm wide.
Possibly the most recognisable of all unofficial WWI Pilot Wings and used on the front cover of the excellent book "French Aeronautical Branch Badges up to 1918" by Philippe Bartlett. This style of FIX pattern Pilot wing was worn on left breast by French aviators post 1916 and also some other allied pilots, and also as a cap badge prior to 1916. As evidence of its use, see the photo of an aviator wearing this FIX pattern eagle on his breast tunic (photo not included). It is of Kiffin Rockwell, a volunteer American pilot who served in WW1 the American La Fayette Escadrille (Squadron).
Prior to the advent of the official wreathed French Pilot Wings the Airmen of France had started purchasing the 'Bijou Fix' & 'Oria' brooches in Paris. They were worn on, or above the pocket of their Tunics. As there was no official uniform of the time, put very simply, this would then differentiate the Airmen from the Soldiers of the period.
Auguste Savard registered the trademark "FIX" after he took over his father's company in 1893, in order to protect the integrity of his work and identify his products as a high quality range of affordable jewelry.
Bronze WW II cap / breast badge with original pin fitting to the reverse bearing maker maker's details for Stokes (Australian firm). The Royal Lion of the House of Orange above a scroll "Nederland". In very good condition and scarce. Possibly worn by Dutch air force personnel.
An attractive two-bladed propeller upon an aircraft's radial engine in die cast bronze. This was an aircraft mechanic's sleeve arm badge. It has two original loops to the reverse and is maker marked Stokes (of Melbourne). Circa 5.2cm wide. In very good condition and scarce.
The Japanese occupied the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) in early 1942. A number of Dutch airmen escaped to Australia after surviving a fierce fight with the Japanese. They mostly ended up at either Archerfield airfield in Brisbane or Melbourne. These airmen were formed into a number of operational groups under RAAF control. All of their stores and equipment were supplied by the United States of America.
For a detailed history of their squadrons and operations from Australia in WW2 see:
Post WW2 Royal Auxiliary Air Force (Just AAF during the war, Royal bestowed in 1947 by King George V) ) unmarked silver lapel badge with original pin fitting as issued to female members. Lapel circa 24mm tall. Silver dark toned otherwise in very good condition.
The Auxiliary Air Force owes its origin to Lord Trenchard's vision of an elite corps of civilians who would serve their country in flying squadrons in their spare time. Instituted by Order in Council on 9 October 1924, the first Auxiliary Air Force squadrons were formed the following year. The pilots of AAF squadrons were generally formed from the society's elite, who in contrast to those of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) which had been trained in the RAF and left but were obliged to return to service if required. During the war, the AAF also provided manpower for Barrage Balloon Squadrons and Anti-aircraft Balloon Defences. Their achievements were honoured by the prefix "Royal" conferred by King George VI in 1947.
See my item 61969 for the officially numbered wartime version.
Well made padded badge with some minor tarnishing to the bullion otherwise in very good condition with two rear fixing hooks, some minor mothing to the rear felt black cloth, but does not detract.
Made from the Perspex of crashed and damaged aircraft. The central motif looks like it has been taken from the standard RAF cap badge. So a good early example of WW2 recycling all round!
Circa 6.7cm in height from top of bar to base of heart, and circa 5cm across, so a large item. Original pin fittings and no damage. Unusual and attractive.
A King's Crown die struck cap badge with two original loops and cotter pin to reverse. Some minor twisting to one lugs otherwise in lovely condition with good detail.
A fine padded half wing with “RO” to centre of wreath. Good example, removed from uniform. Actually worn by airborne Radar Operators.
In very good condition.
Two different patterns, with no damage to enamel, slight wear to gilt on high points otherwise in very good condition with original pins and fixings, fully functional.
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