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Irvin Air Chutes, Parachute Company Qualification Badge by H.W.Miller.

A scarce original circa 1950's gilt badge, the 'Irvin' title and canopy inlaid with lighter blue and white enamel, the reverse with unusual straight maker's details "H.W.Miller Ltd B'Ham.18 Made in England" (1957–1976). Very good condition, retaining original clamped joint coiled pin fitting and hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width 32mm.
Height 19mm.

Code: 57170Price: 60.00 GBP


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Irvin Air Chutes, Parachute Company Qualification Badge by H.W.Miller.

A scarce original circa 1940's gilt badge, the 'Irvin' title and canopy inlaid with dark blue and white enamel, the reverse with curved maker's details "H.W.Miller Ltd Branston St B'Ham.18 Made in England" (1935–1958). Very good condition, retaining original clamped joint coiled pin fitting and hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel.
Width 33mm.
Height 19mm.

Code: 57169Price:


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Irvin Air Chutes, Parachute Company Qualification Badge by Fattorini & Son.

A scarce original circa 1960's gilt badge, the 'Irvin' title and canopy inlaid with blue and white enamel, the wings narrower than the wartime version, the reverse with maker's details "F&S" "Made in England". Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel.
Width 27mm.

Code: 57168Price: 45.00 GBP


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GQ Parachutist Qualification, Gregory & Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A scarce original early pattern 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist, the slightly smaller slim wings inlaid with orangey red enamelling, the reverse impressed "G.Q. Parachutist". Fair condition, retaining original tube joint pin fitting and flat rolled catch, heavy enamel loss and service wear to silver plating.
Width 36mm.
Height 16mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 57167Price: 40.00 GBP


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'GQ Parachutist Qualification Wing' Gregory & Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A scarce original 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company qualification badge'; silver plated example depicting a parachute canopy and parachutist, flanked by the initials 'GQ' and slim rounded end wings inlaid with red enamelling, the reverse impressed "G.Q Parachutist". Very good condition, retaining original tube joint pin fitting and flat rolled catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, an excellent example.
Width 38mm.
Height 17mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 57166Price: 75.00 GBP


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GQ Parachutist Qualification, Gregory & Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A scarce original early pattern 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist, the slightly smaller slim wings inlaid with orangey red enamelling, the reverse impressed "G.Q. Parachutist". Good condition, retaining original tube joint pin fitting and flat rolled catch, enamel with minor service wear.
Width 36mm.
Height 16mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 56352Price:


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WW2 Irvin Parachute Company Gold Caterpillar Club Award to RAF Sergeant M.J.Carter.

A rare original 'Irvin Parachute Company wartime award' in the form of a small gold caterpillar, the eyes set with red rubies, the reverse inscribed “SGT M.J.CARTER.”. Very good uncleaned condition, retaining original pin fittings.
Length 20mm.

The 'Gold Caterpillar Club Award' was initiated in the early 1920’s by 'Leslie Irvin' of the 'Irvin Parachute Company' to be awarded to anyone whose life was actually saved by the use of one of their parachutes.

RAF Sergeant M.J. Carter volunteered for aircrew duties and qualified as a Bomb Aimer In 1944 he was posted to '514 Squadron RAF' which at that time operated the Avro Lancaster MK1. On the night of the 12/13 August 1944 he was briefed with his crew for operations to Russelsheim. His pilot a New Zealander 'Flight Sergeant J Lawrie' lifted his Lancaster into the air from RAF Waterbeach at 21.44hrs. All appeared to go well until 01.30hrs when the Lancaster was attacked by a night fighter, Flight Sergeant Lawrie gave the order to Bale out, but to ensure his crew was safe he remained at the controls, which cost him his life. Carter with the rest of the crew jumped into the darkness, his life saved by his irvin parachute, thus qualifying him to become a member of the caterpillar club. All the remaining crew landed safely and evaded capture.

Code: 55824Price: 850.00 GBP


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WW2 Irvin Parachute Company Gold Caterpillar Club Award to RAF Flying Officer J.F. Acquier, POW 1944.

A rare original 'Irvin Parachute Company wartime award' in the form of a small gold caterpillar, the eyes set with red rubies, the reverse inscribed “F/O J.F. Acquier”. Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings.
Length 20mm.

The 'Gold Caterpillar Club Award' was initiated in the early 1920’s by 'Leslie Irvin' of the Irvin Parachute Company to be awarded to anyone whose life was actually saved by the use of one of their parachutes.

Flying Officer J.F. Acquier was commissioned into the RAF in 1943. He was posted to 434 (Bluenose) Squadron of the RCAF, which operated the Handley Page Halifax bomber. On the night of the 28/29th January 1944 he was briefed for operations to Berlin. His Captain Squadron Leader J.E. Hockey lifted his aircraft from the runway of RAF Station Croft at 23.49hrs. Flying at 21,000 feet over Berlin his Halifax was attached by a night fighter and he was ordered to bale out, thus securing his place in the Irvin caterpillar club. He was quickly taken 'Prisoner of War' and was held at the famous Stalag Luft 3, which only months before was the location of the Great Escape.

Code: 55823Price: 900.00 GBP


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Irvin Air Chutes, Parachute Company Qualification Badge by H.W.Miller.

A scarce original circa 1950's gilt badge, the 'Irvin' title and canopy inlaid with blue and white enamel, the reverse with curved maker's details "H.W.Miller Ltd B'Ham.18 Made in England". Good condition, retaining original clamped joint, a replacement coiled pin fitting and original hooked catch, no stress marks or damage to the enamel, gilt finish with service wear.
Width 33mm.
Height 20mm.

Code: 55109Price: 25.00 GBP


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GQ Parachutist Silver Plated Gregory & Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A scarce original 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company die-stamped silver plated winged parachute canopy GQ badge' depicting a parachutist. Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings.
Width 37mm.
Height 16mm.

The 'GQ Parachutist badge' was given by the 'Gregory & Quilter Company' to anyone who had completed parachute training using their parachutes.

Code: 54325Price:


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GQ Parachutist, 1989 Hallmarked Silver Gregory & Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A rare original fine quality 'Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company GQ badge', the reverse bearing Birmingham silver hallmarks for 1989 and maker's details "JRG&S" (JR Gaunt and Sons). Very good condition, retaining original pin fittings incorporating safety roller catch.
Width 38mm.
Height 17mm.

Code: 53915Price: 180.00 GBP


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Parachute Regiment circa 1940's Gilt & Enamel Badge.

A scarce 'Parachute Regiment badge, the large gilt metal wings enamelled in blue the canopy in white. Good condition, original pin fittings, a few minor nicks to the enamel.
Width 46mm.

Code: 52899Price:


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WW2 Irvin Air Chutes of Great Britain Ltd, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Parachute Company On National Service Low Numbered War Workers Badge.

A rare Second World War period Irvin Air Chutes of Great Britain Ltd, On National Service chrome and enamel war workers badge, the reverse stamped with low official issue number "57" and Birmingham maker's details. Very good condition, original pin fittings, minor service wear to the enamel.
Diameter 26mm.

Code: 52772Price:


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WW2 period Parachute Regiment Beret Badge.

A scarce original Second World War period die stamped white metal 'Parachute Regiment beret badge', winged parachute canopy surmounted by a Royal Crest with solid crown. Very good condition, complete with correct original two loops fittings and split pin.
Width 69mm.
Height 40mm.

Originally formed as The Parachute Corps 22nd June, 1940 at The Central Landing School, Ringway, Manchester; redesignated The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps 1st August, 1942.

Code: 52651Price:


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GQ Parachutist, 1989 Hallmarked 9ct Gold Gregory Quilter Company Parachute Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A rare original unnamed gold Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company badge, the reverse bearing Birmingham 9 carat gold hallmarks for 1989 and maker's details "JRG&S" (JR Gaunt and Sons). Very good condition, original buttonhole fitting.
Width 38mm.
Height 17mm.
Gold Gregory & Quilter Parachute Company Badges were presented to aircrew whose life had been saved by a GQ parachute. These were usually engraved with the recipients details to the reverse.

Code: 52220Price:


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Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, Ejection Seats Buckinghamshire, Sports & Social Club Badge.

A circa 1961 chrome badge with white and yellow enamel, depicting a winged parachute canopy with ejection seat to the fore, the reverse with maker's details "Fattorini & Sons Ld 36 Barr St. B'Ham". Very good condition, original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel.
Width 29mm.
Height 21mm.

Code: 51012Price:


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WW2 GQ Parachutist Qualification Badge, RAF, Para & Free French.

A good early pattern with slim wings and rare to find with a lapel fitting, reverse impressed "G.Q. Parachutist" and with makers details J.R.Gaunt. London. Remains in very good condition, no damage to the enamel.
Width 37mm.

Code: 50401Price:

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