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Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 05-03-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,395
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: 482
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: 482
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: 482
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: 118
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: 246
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: 246
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: 645
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: 645
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: 645
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: 645
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: 1,586
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: 340
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: 782
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: 365
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: 800
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: 800
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: 782
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...
Forum: General Topics 03-05-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By zorgon
Great read, one wonders what cost 👌👌 Hi...

Great read, one wonders what cost 👌👌

Hi Drmiggy:
A valid and important question. No absolute answer. However, a local coin and gold buyer has a much simplified version, without microscope,...
Forum: General Topics 02-05-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By zorgon
Can Science help distinguish replica, metal-made collectables?

Apologies for the long post.

I would like to present to fellow collectors, an experiment I undertook at our local university this week. The purpose was two-fold; 1) to establish a...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 01-05-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By zorgon
A bit more on this particular collar. I'll...

A bit more on this particular collar.
I'll write more about this in a future post as I think the general results are quite significant when related to identifying replicas but I had a...
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 12-04-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By zorgon
Steve: A lovely early group you have there -...

Steve:
A lovely early group you have there - hard to find.
PM sent about the collar; maybe others might have a spare for you?

Regards,
Wayne
Forum: Air Force (RCAF and CAF) 11-04-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By zorgon
early CAF collar construction

I recently acquired (thanks T.W.) a partial, deconstructed 1st issue (without motto) CAF (Canadian Air Force) stamped copper base collar manufactured around 1920. It did however have the overlaid...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 11-04-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By zorgon
Great find Steve; you're probably still grinning...

Great find Steve; you're probably still grinning from ear to ear. Original variants are just so rare, we just don't expect to ever come across them. The more you see the sharper your eyes get at...
Forum: Airborne, Elite and Special Forces Insignia 09-04-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By zorgon
I assumed folks would follow this sort of thing...

I assumed folks would follow this sort of thing but good idea Simon, here's the link and eBay item number:
...
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