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Old 30-04-16, 11:15 AM
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Default Strange RAF 'Engine' Cap Badge

Does anyone have a positive I'D on this cap badge? It's a standard Kings Crown RAF brass die struck cap badge but with a brass 'engine' placed over the front.

The badge is mentioned in Margaret Nobbs 'Nobbs Notes' with a question mark, and I've not positively identified it either. The first one I saw appeared on ebay and went for something ridiculous like 180.00. I wasn't going to pay that, but believe it or not shortly after this one appeared on ebay Canada and I got it for about 20.00. They are the only two I've seen in almost 40 years collecting.

The 'engine' (or is it a rose?) is as well made as the rest of the badge but there is no sign of how it's attached. Id think its soldered/brazed. From the back you can see the 'RAF' lettering so appears to be an attachment on a standard issue badge.

Is it connected to apprentices? Maybe the Polish Air Force? Pre-war, post-war?

Any ideas?
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Old 01-05-16, 10:12 AM
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I forgot to say, after I bought mine I contacted the seller of the first one and asked if he'd pass a message to the buyer of his as I figured if he'd pay 180.00 or so he'd know what it was. Unfortunately I got no reply.
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Old 01-05-16, 10:47 AM
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Hello I asked the same question some time agao but got no sensible answers, Andrew
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Old 01-05-16, 11:20 AM
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Might it be an apprentice's piece, made to prove their skill?

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Old 01-05-16, 07:14 PM
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I don't see how that can be taken as an engine over it, even a radial engine? The flowers on the 6-pointed add-on make it look non-military. The apprentices were known to have to add a numeral to their badges but this doesn't look official in any way to me unless maybe from one of the smaller colonies?
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Old 01-05-16, 07:33 PM
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It's certainly not the Burma Volunteer Air Force as that is RAF like but with BVAF in the centre.

It's certainly too well made to be a one off and there are obviously others about.
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Old 01-05-16, 08:04 PM
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Although it would be nice to find out exactly why the badge has a stylized flower on it you may find that it's no more than the top off a chromed tea pot lid knob, stamping like these would have been made for almost anything in years gone by, let's hope it's something more exciting than that
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anything can happen to badges , have a look at these.

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