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R101 Airship Silver Pin Badge by John Bull & Co Ltd, Bedford.

An extremely rare circa 1929 'R101 Airship pin brooch' designed in the form of the ill-fated British Rigid Airship which crashed on 5 October 1930 in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. This beautiful jeweller's made, finely detailed large hollow silver brooch, inscribed "R101" to the nose and tail fins and bearing the registration number "G-FAAW"; the reverse impressed "Silver" and with maker's details "J.B & Co Ld" (John Bull & Co Ltd, High Street, Bedford.) who were in business around the 1922-1928 period. Excellent uncleaned pristine condition, retaining original pin fittings incorporating fine quality safety catch.
Length 55mm.

Accompanied by a cardboard box with details to the lid "Holden & Co Watchmakers & Jewellers George St. Croydon".

The R101 was constructed at the Royal Airship Works, at Cardington, Bedford. Her first flight was on the 14th October 1929. On her twelfth flight she crashed at Beauvais in France, 5th October 1930 on her way to India with the loss of 48 lives.

Code: 56757Price: 850.00 GBP

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