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Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) White Metal Half Brevet Wing Navigator - Maker marked KNW
Made by Mayer & Kane of Wellington.
A very hard to find WWII / Cold War Navigators Half Brevet of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Of all the Commonwealth Pilots in WWII and thereafter, only the RNZAF wore metal wings or brevets of this type.
Made exclusively in Wellington by the jewellers Mayer and Kane ltd they were only ever issued to aircrew in the Pacific theatre. M&K made white metal pilots wings and as well as 1/2 Brevets of this type and for Air Gunners and other specialist aircrew.
Stamped on the back with "M.K /W". The half brevet is silver washed bronze and is circa 45mm wide and 29mm high. It is not the tightest of fits, the pin and fittings look a bit crude, but appear to be original. Some minor wear to finish on bottom of wing edge which shows the bronze beneath.
Worn by Pilots of No 23 (Fighter ) Squadron in 1945 and in the Occupation of Japan by No 14 Squadron RNZAF.
Code: 61930Price: 185.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 13th Reinforcements Cap Badge
A gilding metal die struck cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 4.3cm tall. Some slight darkening to left of scroll otherwise in very good condition.
Oldham No 4/42 refers
Code: 61643Price: 85.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 19th Reinforcements Cap and Collar Badge Set
Cap and matching collar badge set, all die struck in gilding metal and with two original loops to the reverse of each. Awesome design. Motto KIA TUPATO (Be Careful). Slight colour variation between the cap and collars. Scarce.
Oldham 4/88 & 4/90 /Corbett's " The Regimental Badges of New Zealand " p181 refer.
Code: 61641Price: 145.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 20th Reinforcements Cap Badge
Die struck gilding metal cap badge with voided centre and two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse. Circa 4.3cm tall. Note the incorrect use of a Victorian pattern crown as per illustrated in Corbett's " The Regimental Badges of New Zealand ", page 182. In very good condition and scarce.
Code: 61640Price: 65.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 21st Reinforcements Facing Collar Badges
Die struck with two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse of each. Facing pair, display well together but not a exact match. Both have a registered design number in the reverse of the tail of the bird, which is more legible than the other, and which is " RD822 ". Circa 2.8cm tall. Scarce.
Oldham 4/100 / Corbett's " The Regimental Badges of New Zealand " p182 refer.
WW1 - NZRB New Zealand Rifle Brigade Blackened Shoulder Title
In good condition with two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse. Corbett refers to blackened shoulder titles being worn in WW1 (p234).
Oldham 12/105 refers.
Code: 61642Price: 15.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - C1 Camp Brass Cap Badge
Brass gilding metal cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 3.8cm tall. Some wear to gilt finish otherwise in very good condition.
According to Corbett, the grading C1 stood for grading volunteer recruits " likely to become fit for active service after special training ". The camp was at Featherston in 1917 and then moved to Tauherenikau where the training provided so successful that sixty per cent of the men were able to join the reinforcements.
Oldham 4/244 / Corbett's " The Regimental Badges of New Zealand " p193 refers
Code: 61638Price: 35.00 GBP
WW2 Era New Zealand ( NZ ) Home Front Womens Land Service Brass Cap / Blouse Pin Badge
An attractive die struck brass badge with original pin and c clasp to the reverse indicating for wear on the blouse or jumper. In very good condition and scarce. Circa 3.7cm tall. Those versions with lugs were worn in the hat.
The Women’s Land Service, which was called the Women’s Land Army until 1942, was a government initiative to bolster the rural workforce which, given New Zealand was primarily an agricultural economy, became a major contributor to the war effort as its men departed for the front.
According to Corbett (The Regimental Badges of New Zealand), at its peak the NZ Women's Land Service had 2,000 women within its ranks. Disbanded 1946.
Code: 61636Price: 20.00 GBP
New Zealand 4th Otago Regiment Brass Collar Badge
In good condition with sharp detail with two original lugs on the reverse (east-west). 3.2cm wide and 2.7cm tall. Worn 1911 - 1948.
Oldham 6/36 / Corbett p205 refer.
Code: 61637Price: 10.00 GBP
New Zealand - 4th (Otago Rifles) Regiment Cap Badge
An attractive die struck and gilding metal badge with two original lugs to the reverse and with original thin maker's tablet JR Gaunt London. Battle honours South Africa 1901 - 1902. Circa 3.4cm tall and 4cm wide. Excellent condition. Corbett p.205 refers.
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