An attractive sweetheart pin bar badge brooch, which sadly has had the coiled pin bar damaged and partly broken off, but otherwise in good condition with no damage to the blue enamel. The reverse impressed "9ct" (9 carat gold). Condition of pin reflected in price but could be repaired.
HMS Achilles (1905) was a Warrior-class armoured cruiser launched in 1905 and sold in 1921.
HMS Achilles (70) was a Leander-class light cruiser launched in 1932. She would serve with the Royal Navy's New Zealand Division from 31 March 1937 up to the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy, into which she was transferred in September 1941 and recommissioned HMNZS Achilles. Her crew was approximately 60 per cent from New Zealand. She was transferred back to the Royal Navy from the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1946. She was then transferred to the Royal Indian Navy in 1948 as HMIS Delhi, eventually becoming INS Delhi and was scrapped in 1978.
HMS Achilles (F12) was a Leander-class frigate launched in 1968. She was sold to Chile in 1990 and renamed Ministro Zenteno.
On the morning of 13 December 1939, the middle ship of the three possible listed above to which this brooch may relate was one of a force light cruisers consisting of Achilles, Ajax and Exeter who engaged the pocket battleship, Admiral Graf Spee. A fierce battle ensue in which Achilles suffered some damage. In the exchange of fire, four crew were killed, her captain, W. E. Parry, was wounded.
In good condition with only minor wear to enamel. Horseshoe fitting stamped JR Gaunt London. King's Crown.
An attractive silver hollow-cast sweetheart brooch in the form of a miniature representation of a officer's regimental cap badge, bearing the crest of the 'Marquis of Huntly,' a stag's head issuing from a Ducal Coronet within an ivy wreath, motto 'Bydand'. With original pin fittings and safety lock on clasp. Stamped "Silver" to reverse and maker's initials (ABD) stamped to the reverse. Circa 4.6cm tall. No damage, all twiddly bits present and correct and sharp detail. Lovely item and nicely sculptured.
Comm StWi (2)
A very fine Victorian Officer's silver plated, fire gilt and enamel collar badge, hart facing to right. Of superb quality, no lugs (or signs of them ever having been fitted so perhaps intended for wear on a field service cap or pagri band). No damage to enamel, gilt bright and in super condition. Circa 3.2cm tall.
Comm StWi (27)
An attractive design in gilt brass and enamel with a 3D miniature version of the king's crown glengarry badge of the RSF to the centre, 11th RSF above, and above that the words "Fighting Able", presumably a shortened version of a popular song of the time "Fighting Fit & Able". Original continental style pin fitting to the reverse, no damage to the enamel. Very feint maker's initials embossed to reverse but I cannot make them out.
The 11th Battalion RSF played prominent part in both world wars. During WW2 they were part of 147th Infantry Brigade of the 49th (West Riding) Division which played a major role in the battle for Normandy.
Comm StWi (49)
Circa 28mm in diameter, no damage to enamel (please excuse the flash on the photo over the word association), and with original horseshoe fitting. A scratched zigzag to reverse otherwise in very good condition.
A lovely delicate brooch with original and fully functional pin fittings, registered design no 554976 and maker marked WC&S in a shamrock shaped stamp to reverse. Mounted on a thick piece of green felt. Inset with semi-precious stones and finely engraved with ancient Irish designs. In very good condition. A fine item to wear on St Patrick's Day.
An attractive and scarce First World War 6th Territorial Battalion the King's (Liverpool) Regiment sweetheart brooch ,the reverse bearing good London silver hallmarks for 1917 (date letter B) and maker's details "C & A" (the latter a bit feint). Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings and excellent patina. Circa 27mm in diameter.
Birmingham hallmarks for 1900 (letter a) to the reverse and with sterling lion stamps to the fixing and loop. The regimental badge of St George slaying the dragon the Roman numeral V for the 5th Regiment of Foot (Northumberland Fusiliers) and the regimental motto Quo Fata Vocant on a scroll below. The words "Grip Fast" engraved on the garter circlet. In superb condition.
'Grip Fast' is the motto of the Scottish Leslie Clan / Family. See:
Worthy of further research.
Scarce hallmarked silver and T/S sweetheart badge, smaller than most T/S badges of this type, circa 2.1cm in diameter. Crossed machine guns with scroll "MMG" below. Looks like the clasp may be a replacement. Quite a lot of excess glue to the reverse. Looks grand from the front.
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