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1943 Lancaster Bomber Crew Insignia

Posted in Insignia with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group came together from an antique show down south. The obvious age of the group, including the 1940’s frame and the age spots on the notes taped to the back makes me believe this was created by a veteran either during the war or immediately afterwards.

I consulted two different collectors of wings to check the authenticity. Of course they both came back pointing out “obvious reproductions”, neither of them agreeing at all on which ones were wrong. So I am going to go with “these are all good and you are all idiots”.



A Great War Trio to a Canadian

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 12, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This trio, impressed to 77847 Private W. Blackie 7/Cand.Inf., consists of the 1914-1915 Star, the 1914-1918 War Medal and the Victory Medal for WW1.

The 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion fought continuously from 1915 until it was returned to Canada in 1917. It’s battle honours include Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Hill 70. Private William Blackie received a 1914-1915 Star indicating that he was in the initial draft that landed in France in February 1915. He enlisted on the 23rd of November 1914 and attested in Victoria , British Columbia into the 30th Battalion.


A Group to a Canadian 1st Army Veteran

Posted in Groups with tags , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921Unfortunately because of the Canadian Governments cheapness, none of the WW2 service medals are impressed. So, when they get separated from their history then all you can do is guess at their provenance, as in this case. This rack of 5 consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Service Bar and finally the 1939-1945 War Medal. Since the F&G Star is there it’s apparent that the owner landed on the continent in 1944-1945. And we can see he volunteered for service in the war zone. But whether he was a cook or a combat infantryman, that’s all lost. Good on him anyway.


Canadian Army WW2 Button

Posted in Accessories with tags , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921Yeah, I know. I don’t collect Canadian stuff beyond a couple of medals but I don’t want to be the guy that tosses out a button that has survived 70 years.

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Canadian CEF WW1 Maple Leaf Collar Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This collar badge is the WW1 Universal Pattern Maple leaf pattern. It was used throughout the war and stamped out in the millions. If you live in Canada, as I do, then these end up blowing into your collection just like the real maple leaves fill your garden in the fall.

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Canadian CEF Shoulder Titles

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This is a Canadian shoulder title from the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) from World War 1. These curved titles are rarer than the flat ones.

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Canadian WW1 Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This is a WW1 Maple Leaf Cap badge for the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force).

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