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Old 21-04-17, 07:28 AM
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Default WW2 SAS 'SANDY' COLOURED BERET - Advice Please

I am incredibly lucky to have acquired an early WW2 SAS Sandy coloured beret many years ago. As can be seen, the badge is larger than usual and I believe it to be early.

I would welcome any thoughts that may help date the badge and beret.

In 'Some Talk of Private Armies' Len Whittaker notes 'The slightly different, wider version was probably due to a change of manufacturer rather than a deliberate design revision'.

The beret and badge are mounted in a glazed frame. I imagine this WW2 variant badge is quite rare and felt I should share it in the hope someone more expert is such matters can advise me.

For comparison I add images of the more Standard later WW2 pattern (this one attributed to Maj Bill Cumper - Demolitions Officer) and an earlier pattern.

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Mike
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Old 21-04-17, 08:11 AM
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Mike,

What a cracking items. IMO the badge is c1942 and beret as well.


The other early badge may be 41/42. Fantastic items. Thanks for sharing.


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Old 21-04-17, 08:15 AM
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Hello J-B
Your expert opinion is greatly appreciated. I had similar thoughts but was not sure, your advice means a lot. Your own SAS album/collection is amazing!
All the best
Mike
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Old 21-04-17, 08:29 AM
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Default WW2 SAS 'Sandy' coloured beret-Advice please

Hi Mike

Thats a great beret. The badge is an early one. I'll post a couple on here for you to compare it with later today.

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Old 21-04-17, 08:48 AM
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Hi Arnhem
Great to hear from you - your advice is always appreciated
Mike
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Old 21-04-17, 09:32 AM
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Amazing pieces gentlemen.
Now I know where all the great ww2 pieces go lol
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Old 21-04-17, 09:45 AM
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Thanks Mike,

The early SAS badges were made by John Jones of Cairo.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Cheers
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Old 21-04-17, 09:58 AM
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JB - Great information as ever

Jon - Thanks ... I have lots of SF gaps to fill, just lucky with these, I think it was easier to collect such items in the past; despite the later advantages of Computer searches and forums such as our B&CMBF.

Mike
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Its nice to see a 100% original wartime SAS beret and badge.

A superb piece of history.

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Old 21-04-17, 10:30 AM
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Simon - many thanks, your comments are appreciated.
Mike
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Old 21-04-17, 11:57 AM
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Hi Mike,

A superb early WW2 beret and badge. This highly desirable beret is a "till death us do part" item in my opinion and would be the highlight of most SAS collections.

As the so called TV antique experts say, "Find me another one".

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Old 21-04-17, 12:39 PM
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Thanks Jack - your opinion is always valued. I consider myself very lucky to have found this many years ago.
Mike
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This is Paddy Maine wearing his sand beret with a late war badge. He ignored to wear the maroon beret of the airborne forces and also authorized old hands to do so hence mixture maroon and sand berets in 44/45.

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Old 21-04-17, 01:24 PM
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J-B
Very interesting - thanks for sharing
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Default WW2 SAS 'Sandy' coloured beret-Advice please

Hi Mike

As promised a photo of three early beret badges from the Desert days.
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