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Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 31-10-20, 02:09 PM
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Posted By zorgon
A tip of the hat (yes, intended) to all of you...

A tip of the hat (yes, intended) to all of you for your input. I believe the previous owner of this beret, while he retired a senior Officer, had started out at the bottom, worked his up to a...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 30-10-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By zorgon
Help in dating a Royal Signals black (very dark blue) beret

I recently acquired this Officerís black beret with provenance to Royal Signals but I donít know the period of issue as I would like to match up the age-appropriate bullion patch. From the photos...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 26-10-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 100
Posted By zorgon
6 OTU Cold Lake patch

In 1961 Cold Lake Alberta became the main training site for the then newly acquired CF-104 Starfighter. By the time 1983 rolled around, Course 75 wrapped up training of this aircraft. Notably, a...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 31-08-20, 10:51 PM
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Views: 118
Posted By zorgon
SAS Para, Post-war Bullion Dress Wing

I was fortunate to have recently picked up this lovely, relatively untarnished SAS para Dress wing made with silver and gold bullion thread. I believe it is similar in style and design to Pattern...
Forum: Formation and Tasking Signs 28-08-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By zorgon
Thanks for showing that Bill. It is an...

Thanks for showing that Bill. It is an extraordinary example of stitching care done by the best of the best seamstresses or specialty crafts-person. Itís a delight to see something so near...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 25-08-20, 02:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 945
Posted By zorgon
David: What an undertaking. A great...

David:
What an undertaking. A great collection of photos, high quality images and informative descriptions. It will long serve as a valuable reference source for all RAF related items from the...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 20-08-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By zorgon
Good one Mike. I've never seen 7 suspension...

Good one Mike. I've never seen 7 suspension lines before. Could it be perhaps related to the Malayan Scouts? Who else besides the British were there; Rhodesia? New Zealand?? Doesn't look like...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 05-03-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,425
Posted By zorgon
I too thought the shoulder title was maybe one of...

I too thought the shoulder title was maybe one of the best deals there and my rational left hand was fighting with my collecting right bidding finger a la Dr. Strangelove.

Does anybody know...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 24-01-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By zorgon
Rob: Looks like a good set to me from these...

Rob:
Looks like a good set to me from these photos. Great to see the nuts, support bar and backing present to make it complete.
Is that a repaired break on the viewers Lt. at the wing-Maple...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 09-01-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By zorgon
Nice find Ed. The Observer half wings are rarely...

Nice find Ed. The Observer half wings are rarely seen. Yours looks original to me from this image but I understand there are replicas. For more info, go to p.74 of Eagles Recalled by Warren...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 03-01-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By zorgon
Reproductions of the CAF (1920) Pilotsí metal wings

Over the years I have collected some examples of reproduction/replica metal pilot wings from the early Canadian Air Force (CAF) era. Iíll present five here. The original metals wings were made by...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 21-12-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 184
Posted By zorgon
CAF small button by Hemsley for Wedge cap

The Hemsley-made buttons for the CAF (circa 1920) are quite rare. In an earlier post I reported on a mid-size CAF button made by Hemsley. That thread is perhaps incorrectly located in British...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 21-12-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By zorgon
Hi Ian. Thanks for the great lead. I think...

Hi Ian. Thanks for the great lead. I think you're right, the patch represents the one-year stripe for an RMC cadet.

I'll keep researching to try to determine which City location and "squadron"...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 19-12-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By zorgon
Unknown badge and jacket

A friend has recently come across this jacket. We're trying to identify both the significance of the patch and to date the Eisenhower jacket style/type or unit. The jacket colour is almost black...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 03-11-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By zorgon
Hi Don: I think the originals were probably...

Hi Don:
I think the originals were probably OK but the damage/flaws were created in the process of re-creating the dies that then went on to stamp the copies. Any flaw in the duplicated die would...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 03-11-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By zorgon
So Mike’s comment that this item looked like a...

So Mike’s comment that this item looked like a sand casting got me thinking. The one replica of the Officers Field cap badge we know about can be found in the 1967 Commemorative set. In looking at...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 28-10-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By zorgon
Thanks Mike, a good explanation. Do you have any...

Thanks Mike, a good explanation. Do you have any idea why, in the manufacturing process, they might go to the trouble of making something like this?
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 26-10-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By zorgon
Unusual Canadian Air Force (CAF) circa 1920 cap badge

Iím not sure what to make of this cap badge. It was manufactured in two pieces; front and back stampings, held together by three bent wires. Both stampings appear to be copper. It appears to be in...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 25-06-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,615
Posted By zorgon
Following up on the initial post in this thread*,...

Following up on the initial post in this thread*, I picked up another identical example of this style of RFC wing from a recent British Auction House. Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914-1918...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 20-05-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 429
Posted By zorgon
These are pretty good Roy. If you require...

These are pretty good Roy. If you require better, PM me with your email and I'll get back to you when I return from holidays:
...
Forum: General Topics 06-05-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 865
Posted By zorgon
Rob Miller asked: "Can this be used to...

Rob Miller asked:
"Can this be used to discern the age of a badge?"

I'm not an expert or probably even qualified to answer this Rob but I would say "no" at least not directly. I would...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 06-05-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By zorgon
I don't think this Malayan Scouts badge was a...

I don't think this Malayan Scouts badge was a period-made piece. To my eye, the wing material and style aren't correct. I agree with others that the collection does hold many nice original pieces.
Forum: Airborne and Special Forces 05-05-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By zorgon
Thanks Ed. Having a name/description has brought...

Thanks Ed. Having a name/description has brought up a few more images on the internet. So it goes on the Left breast pocket then? Does anyone have an image of it on a uniform? Thanks in advance.
Forum: Airborne and Special Forces 05-05-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By zorgon
Possibly Cdn. ID help please?

I offered to try to ID this badge for a friend. It is reportedly some early issue for Canadian Special Services. Just looking at the construction, I might guess it dates to the 1980's - 90's?? Can...
Forum: General Topics 03-05-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 865
Posted By zorgon
I agree Akiko, thereís no more valuable teacher...

I agree Akiko, thereís no more valuable teacher than experience. That is why we buy reference books, consult specialists and use internet Forms to obtain and share knowledge. The device in question...
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