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Old 11-11-21, 10:19 AM
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Default some unknown African items need help please

hi all
been offered a few badges but im no expert in African badges and so im asking for oppinions on these badges.
are they genuine?
what are they for?
what are they worth?
any feedback appreciated
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BC
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Old 11-11-21, 11:15 AM
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BC,

First four are South African:
1. Supposed to be a South African Airforce Air Gunner brevet c.1935/36 and relatively rare, but I have seen so many of these coming to the market in past 5 years (including bronze ones) so suspect someone has been producing these for the market. Original ones were in gilding metal.

2. First Machine Gun Squadron. Also a circa mid 1930's badge and relatively rare. Very short lived unit.

3. Machine gun section for South African Horse in East Africa c.WWI - also a relatively rare item

4. Machine gunners arm qualification badge - South African WWI East Africa and again rare.

The winged wheel with Crossed machine guns I have not seen before but suspect this may be a WWI American item or maybe Belgium (so not African)

The last three I cannot shed more light on except to say probably all WWI and East African
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Old 12-11-21, 12:44 AM
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thanks Milmed
gives me something to work on
any ballpark dollar value you would think reasonable?
i agree with your South African Airforce Air Gunner brevet comment.
have seen these come up regularly. wasn't aware they should be gilding metal
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Old 12-11-21, 05:21 AM
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Difficult to say when it comes to a value. I see items marketed for high prices but the items that actually sell goes for between US$20 to US$30 each for the SA items
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Old 12-11-21, 06:07 AM
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"1 LAMB" - a shoulder title of 1st Light Armoured Motor Battery, which operated in East Africa during WWI?
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Old 12-11-21, 07:55 AM
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Interesting comment about the SAAF gunner badge. There have been quite a few on the market recently but I have a bronze one in my collection which I have had for about 25 years. As far as I can remember, mine is die-cast, not die-stamped though. Unfortunately I am away and don't have a photo of the rear.
Will check when I get home.
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Old 13-11-21, 12:28 AM
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thanks guys
all interesting information.
would like to see others for comparison.
i havent seen, even in my searches the 1 LAMB" - shoulder title of 1st Light Armoured Motor Battery.
thanks again
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