More important discoveries from the treasure box at Sikorski's - the casted 40mm Eagles (based on Guant ) - characteristic version without the small Pilsudski's Legions Shield.
2 different variants - both look similar to some specimens published on the forum before - this therefore adds to the body of evidence and knowledge .
However, the ????s remain - who had come up with the idea to remove the Legions' Shield?. Most likely we will never know, but I would think such action may have had political motivations.
Looking at various patterns Eagles of Free Forces - seems to me that - only in 3 cases the Legions' Shield "survived" the test of time and political trends.
Please post - if you have similar / identical!
I have been lucky to take the below pictures at Sikorski's - and I think they provides an another small step to understand various designs of Eagles used by Polish Free Forces of WW2 and beyond.
Photo album with clear provenience - dedicated to polish guards / security units attached to US Army - Camp Kosciuszko.
I am not an expert on helmets - but some of you more experienced collectors in the subject - may actually have such helmet.
However, I would think - it probably is "one -off and very rare item" and to avoid it being copied on the basis of the picture (that will not be difficult by skilled counter-fitters) - i have taken a liberty of removing some relevant details. Idea is to balance the noble objective of knowledge sharing with all of You with the collateral damage as a result of giving materials for less considerate fellows to profit.
Hope that is OK.
I am very happy to share with you some new and no doubts relevant information.
While researching the Plk Mincer's Collection at Sikorski, I have come across this very interesting picture and description.
Mincer links this pattern with Munich Germany and dates it for 1946. Eagle is very interesting - as it looks like it is stamped - with a lot of attention to details. Eagle follows pre-war design and size.
We will probably never know - if the stamp was brought over from Poland or was actually made in Germany.
I wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
All the best and I look forward to seeing you in 2015 and progressing further with our ambitions and plans to "identify" even more Eagles!
Have great time and regards to your Families.
To close the year with an another relevant find / identification – please see below – hope You like it.
I have come across a very relevant picture / leaflet – that features the banner / flag - with a very characteristic Eagle.
Leaflet (dated precisely January 8th 1916) mentions “Relief for Poland effort” that had been managed by an organization known as - Polish Information Committee (based in 110 St Martin’s Lane in London).
Please also see the picture of Miss Laurence Alma Tadema (daughter of a famous painter) – and it looks like there had been a “badge version” of such Eagle too.
I do not think – that this particular variant - has ever been categorized / described to date – in any literature on the subject.
To add to the “mystery of that Eagle” - there are many interesting and unexplained facts / motives - behind the Polish Information Committee and activities of Miss Laurence Alma Tadema and her links to British Secret Service – during the years of WW1 in the context of political conflict(s) between Pilsudski and Dmowski in relation to the “shape of independent Poland”.
Perhaps this “British / Belgian” Eagle will sometime be found – to add to library of Eagles that had been minted during WW1 by Polish exile communities in USA, France, Canada - in the effort to advance / publicize the struggle for independence.
Picture can be enlarged.
Here're some of my WW2 Polish Eagles
1. Made from sheet brass, which has been hand stamped and artisan worked in Palestine.
2. A mint British made Polish Eagle with copper loop and split pin fastening. Spink? I'am not sure.
Thanks for sharing a couple of your eagle badges. Fine examples . Yes, eagle #2 is generally attributed by some to Spink & Son.
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Thank you for confirming that this is Spink& Son eagle badge(#2)Could you please tell me when eagle badge was made? 1940 or later? Thank you