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Old 13-04-08, 11:01 PM
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Default Canadian Plastic (bakelite ?) badges

Here are images of the Canadian plastic (bakelite?) badges of the WW2 era, at least all of the known ones. Recently, 2 unknown issues came to light. They include: 1. Royal Canadian Engineers, 2. Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. The consistency of the strikings and the sameness have convinced me that they are authentic pieces.
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Old 14-04-08, 09:28 PM
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Nice badges Bill. Scarce scarce scarce. I had not seen the plastic RCE or RCOC until very recently. I think they are close to the only examples known. Ken Joyce has a good description of the manufacturing process in his book Into the Maelstrom. The CTTC badge is another fairly scarce item.
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Old 15-04-08, 12:52 AM
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Hi Bill, I had never seen the dark RCAC one, I just stumbled over this one in the states,its the real deal, the rear is identical to the lighter one. Do you know of any others?
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Old 15-04-08, 09:27 AM
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Hi Bill, The dark cadet one struck me as different, but my memory was not trustworthy on that item. I have seen lots of the light coloured cadet plastic cap badges, and they are perhaps one of the most common Canadian plastic badges.
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Can someone give me a ballpark value (Canadian) for the plastic CTTC badge?
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If you don't want to discuss values on the forum but can send me a PM with this information it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-12-09, 12:19 PM
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Hi Steve, The badge is relatively scarce which makes a valuation a difficult question. For example, I don't recall seeing a plastic badge on ebay in the last year or so. And I only recall seeing one at a show, but I was not actively looking for one either.
Scarcity, demand, condition, and any given day can affect the value. A valuation would only be an estimation, and can range considerably.
With these considerations in mind, $75 - $100 would be a starting price.
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Old 03-12-09, 02:10 PM
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I had a Bakelite RCE badge years ago with impecable provenance. However, no one believed it to be authentic. I gave it to a fellow collector some years ago but am pleased to see this post.
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An official period summary I have on the Canadian plastic badge issue dated November 1942 indicates that orders for moulds had been placed for the following units: RCE, RCA, RCASC, RCOC and RC Signals. Deliveries of badges were expected before the end of 1942. In another period document from Sep 42 it's indicated that a six cavity mould would be used with Canadian Buttons Lte of Montreal producing the RCASC and RCOC ones and Wintrob & Son Ltd Toronto producing the RCA and RCA moulds.

No mention is made in this earlier document of RC Signals. I have never heard of a plastic RC Signals version. Anyone else?

As for RCE, it shows that there were indeed 'legit' badges produced.
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Hi Steve, The badge is relatively scarce which makes a valuation a difficult question. For example, I don't recall seeing a plastic badge on ebay in the last year or so. And I only recall seeing one at a show, but I was not actively looking for one either.
Scarcity, demand, condition, and any given day can affect the value. A valuation would only be an estimation, and can range considerably.
With these considerations in mind, $75 - $100 would be a starting price.
That's perfect.... that's all I was looking for. Thanks a bunch.
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