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    British Military Insignia. The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. USAAF wings. WW1/WW2.

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  1. Never seen one of those. Similar pump to the Infants gas mask. Graham
  2. I have recently acquired a second 24th Lancers Officers No1 dress collar badge, which completes this set. Graham.
  3. Graham

    The old age debate!

    I have got T shirts older than that.
  4. The replacement lug to the left and original to the right. So there you have it. Should you encounter any of these they are original unissued badges but they have been relugged. I thought it was worth documenting this for future reference. Graham.
  5. Almost embarrassed to to show this after 26th Hussars arm badges shown by Marcus. At a militaria fair last year I spotted what appeared to be a genuine 26th Hussars in a large box of repro/fake badges. They were priced at £2 each. After a rumage I found several more. The dealer told me he had bought loads of badges from Gaunt over twenty years ago. He said he had a box full of 26th Hussars and had cut the lugs of many of them to use on other badges. He recently had soldered modern lugs back on and had chucked them in his £2 repro box. He asked me if I would like a pair with the original lugs. He also had the original box they came in from Gaunts. So next time I saw him I bought the pair [as they are collar badges] with original lugs for £2 each. He gave me the box. The odd thing is the box refers to the badges with ' shanks '. Which most collectors call sliders. But all the badges had lugs. Graham.
  6. Graham

    Subscriptions - Help HWMF

    Thank you Bart. Graham
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    Subscriptions - Help HWMF

    I am still an enlisted member. When I click the link to pay to become a Forum Patron a message pops up saying I have already paid. I have sent Bart a few messages but as yet have not had a reply. What's going on ? Graham
  8. Beats me. Can we see the back please. Need to know the type of fittings and an indication of size. Graham
  9. Yes, most likely. The US went in for 'launch' souvenirs and challenge coins. I have had a good search online but haven't come across anything similar to a RN ship. The reverse is blank btw. Graham.
  10. A good website covering Escort carriers including HMS Ranee. http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/RANEE.htm#.WpLUmGrFLIV
  11. I bought this at an antique fair last week for a couple quid. Turns out HMS Ranee was an Escort carrier. Built in the US and transferred to the Royal Navy on 8.11.43. She was returned to the US after the war. In 1948 she was sold to be used as a merchant ship and was renamed 'Friesland'. Renamed 'Pacific Breeze' in 1967 and was finally scrapped in Taiwan in 1974. The question is what exactly is the item I have ? Some sort of commemorative token I should think. Graham
  12. This post will not be much use in the future without the pic so I hope Minijar does not mind me adding it here. Jerry. Do you think they are numerals on the collar ? I can't make out the uniform. I notice it has no breast pockets.
  13. This Bedfs & Herts Regt OSD cap badge is maker marked J&Co. Jennens & Co were bought by JR Gaunts in 1924. Jennens had been a prestigious maker, in fact Gaunts marked some badges 'late Jennens' for some time. This badge is of excellent quality and would have been made between 1919 and 1924. The badge came with a single collar badge which is unmarked but of good quality. Graham.
  14. Graham

    Hertfordshire Yeomanry

    Just got this 1953-1961 Hertfordshire Yeomanry officers cap badge on long lugs. it is marked P for plated and is maker marked JR GAUNT LONDON Graham.