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PAF pilot and radio obserever wings - SPINK ?

Article about: Hello, I would like you to have a look at these two PAF badges. I am trying to assess if they are original ww2 period made badges. Apart from the chains and spinners which in my opinion are

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    Default PAF pilot and radio obserever wings - SPINK ?

    Hello,

    I would like you to have a look at these two PAF badges.
    I am trying to assess if they are original ww2 period made badges. Apart from the chains and spinners which in my opinion are not original to these badges, their design seems to be identical to SPINK and SON type. But are they original SPINK badges?

    Your opinion would be appreciated.

    Regards,
    KRK
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    I might be wrong, but I believe that they are Polish pilot wings,and are quite possibly english made. The chain would be original to these wings.

    All the best
    Stig Erik

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    Thanks for Stig Erik for his input.

    I have no doubt that these are English made badges. I wonder if they were made by Spink&Son (as I mentioned before their design is identical to Spink made badges) or are they post war versions.
    I hope also for opinions of advanced collectors of the Polish Airforce insignia, as this is hard to say only based on the available literature.

    Regards,

    KRK

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    Hi KRK,

    I don't think either of these are Spink made. The threaded post on Spink products is typically a larger diameter and also has different end machining. Sorry that I cannot offer any more infomation as to when and by whom your badges were manufactured. Hopefully our other members that specialize in air force badges chime in.

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Default Re: PAF pilot and radio obserever wings - SPINK ?

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for your opinion.
    All the best in the New Year 2013.

    Regards,
    KRK

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    KRK,
    I tried comparing your images to known variants of these badges ..

    The second images are for the "Radio / Observer" badge, which, with just the two lightning flashes at the front of the Eagle, seem to have only been manufactured by Gaunt.
    However, both Gaunt variants are not flat backed but concaved.

    I suspect that an original Gaunt has been used as a model to produce the badge you have, also noticing that the patina is missing from your badge, and seems to be of a more fresh bright brass appearance that has been toned down and deliberately aged.

    Gary J.

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    Default Re: PAF pilot and radio obserever wings - SPINK ?

    Hi Tony,

    Hi Gary J.

    Thanks for your opinion.

    Regards,
    KRK

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