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Old 14-12-19, 06:12 PM
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I always love this thread each year.

It's wonderful to see all the stunning items 'the cream of the crop' of what collectors have been able to find.

Well done chaps and keep it coming.

Cheerio,

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......this year I was able to pretty much complete my WW1 Italian Airforce badge collection which I have been putting together over the last fifteen years.
By purchasing from a very old collection .
Of Note are the balloonist insignia from 1915, I know of no other surviving examples ande Machine gunners M wings , approximately 80 men were qualified. Yet again these are the only ones I have seen.
Hope you like .
Steve

On the left are Airship insignias
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On a similar note I found this gem ,a 1909 Italian Airship Officers tunic and hat !
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......I loved this Canadian Airforce group that I picked up for my collection
Hope you like !!
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Hopefully others can add to this as it will become an interesting thread for everyone 😉
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Old 15-12-19, 12:13 AM
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EY,

Love the sabretache, third time lucky so well done.

I have been searching for 2 similar sabretach's that I know exist because I have seen photos of them.

Both are for the 7th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers, one with a SEVENTH scroll and the other with a MANCHESTER ARTILLERY scroll.

No idea where they are though.

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Thanks Simon. Rather like you, that is #1 of 4 that I know for sure to exist. They must all be out there somewhere... good luck with your hunting too. Michael
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Old 15-12-19, 01:02 AM
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......this year I was able to pretty much complete my WW1 Italian Airforce badge collection which I have been putting together over the last fifteen years.
By purchasing from a very old collection .
Of Note are the balloonist insignia from 1915, I know of no other surviving examples ande Machine gunners M wings , approximately 80 men were qualified. Yet again these are the only ones I have seen.
Hope you like .
Steve

On the left are Airship insignias
Steve, that is an amazing collection. Some of which I have never seen before.

Best
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The obligatory Essex Yeo item from me, full dress sabretache for the West Essex YC. This was at the third attempt having been an underbidder the previous two times. I had some time back got the cross belt pouch and was pleased to make the pair.

Second, a gilt pattern Essex Territorial shoulder title worn by SNCOs of the Bn. Small and at the other end of the price scale but the gilt a super finish on this otherwise simple badge.

Happy hunting all.

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Hi Mike again,

Very well done, I know how you feel I have a 17th Lancers undress sabretache. Another great item for the Essex collection.

Keep up the good work.

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Good morning

This year has been one of ups and downs personally, with an unwelcome and unwanted house move still affecting my life. Collecting-wise it has been one of discovery with my new-found interest in Customs and Excise buttons worldwide, so my best-buy has to be this collection of 192 buttons and 33 badges that I was given the opportunity to purchase by another Forum member to whom Im very grateful. Out of that group the cherry, as far as Im concerned, is this Zanzibar Customs button - not just because it is rare, but just because.

All the best

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Good morning

This year has been one of ups and downs personally, with an unwelcome and unwanted house move still affecting my life. Collecting-wise it has been one of discovery with my new-found interest in Customs and Excise buttons worldwide, so my best-buy has to be this collection of 192 buttons and 33 badges that I was given the opportunity to purchase by another Forum member to whom Im very grateful. Out of that group the cherry, as far as Im concerned, is this Zanzibar Customs button - not just because it is rare, but just because.

All the best

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That button conjures up thoughts of exotic intrigue and adventures in far off places.
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As Kenneth Williams might have said, "and they certainly have some strange customs in Zanzibar".

I'll get my coat........
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As Kenneth Williams might have said, "and they certainly have some strange customs in Zanzibar".

I'll get my coat........
Matron, take them away.
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Previously unrecorded example of 13th Bn C.E.F. officers gilt collars.
Tentatiively assigned as 513-12-135 by Chris Brooker.
Although not maker marked thought to be by McDougall.
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Probably one of these 3 for me.

1) GvR Life Guards (1st and 2nd)
2) 14th (YCV) RIR in GM
3) Royal Lancashire Reserve Regiment

Merry Christmas to all and happy collecting in 2020.

Cheers,

Luke
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It has been a good year for my collection but not such a good one for my wallet. I have found some cracking items from the Burma Campaign, including paperwork, photographs and maps, shoulder titles and formation signs.

I have also found some nice British Indian Army related items including this unusual bowl, probably from the officer's mess of the 23rd Madras Infantry, informally known as the XXIII Wallajahbad Light Infantry they we renumbered as the 83rd Wallajabad Light Infantry in 1903 and became the 4th battalion of the 3rd Madras Regiment in 1922.
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