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Polish Navy Pilot Badge?

Article about: New guy here - primarily (or almost exclusively) a WWII US collector. But, I have an affinity for Polish stuff. I picked this up today. It felt Polish. Not sure it us, but it was too cool to

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    New guy here - primarily (or almost exclusively) a WWII US collector. But, I have an affinity for Polish stuff.

    I picked this up today. It felt Polish. Not sure it us, but it was too cool to pass on. Any thoughts are appreciated!
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    Never seen this style before - WWII Polish wings are
    different. Seems well made. Nice.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks, Steve. Did Poland have naval aviators? If so, did they have a different badge from the PAF? I looked around the internet but didn't find a good answer.

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    Hello Nack,

    The badge in the photograph is the Balloon Pilot/observers Badge 1st class as to its authenticity 1 will leave that to another member of the Forum with more knowledge in that field.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Quote by andrzejku98 View Post
    Hello Nack,

    The badge in the photograph is the Balloon Pilot/observers Badge 1st class as to its authenticity 1 will leave that to another member of the Forum with more knowledge in that field.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej
    Interesting! Many thanks!

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    Hello Nack,

    Unfortunately it is an old copy. Relatively well made though, as many of the copies made ~50 years ago were. Posted below are genuine pre-WW2 examples by the the two recognized producers of this badge, one by Jan Knedler:

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    and this beauty by Wiktor Gontarczyk:

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    . . . which sold complete with original case at auction in 2008 for 14000PLN = ~4600USD = ~2750GBP:

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    Regards,
    Tony

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Bummer! It is a really nice badge, so I thought it was worth the $20 gamble. Were these made in Poland, or elsewhere? (If there's a thread that explains all of this, just point me to it!). Thanks all for the help!

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    I suspect this series of badges (identified by the spinner type, assuming it is original to the badge) were made in Poland. Although have no concrete proof of this. $20 is not overpaying for one of these copies. Polish 2nd Republic badges are discussed on this thread here:

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/polish...-thread-14654/

    Cheers,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Thanks again, Tony!

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    After a quick search - an example from 'WW2Wings':

    Polish Air Force - Balloon Observer
    Regards,


    Steve.

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