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Polish Hat Eagles

Article about: In my opinion this particular cap eagle was made by G.J. Garratt Toronto. Very unique, hard to find.

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    Fellows,

    Classic!
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    Classic 2
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    Follows,

    An another small step in researching complex provenience of Polish Military Eagle.

    I have recently been lucky to have an opportunity to see a small "archive/collection "of works by Mieczyslaw Bialkiewicz (former officer of the 4th Tank regiment) - as some of you know - he was a distinguished collector, jeweller and very active in ex-service community. "Archive" comes with 100% provenience - so it is relevant to share, some information i have learned to present the correct examples of his works - that are now being heavily reproduced.

    I have also learned that he used to produce very small series of badges and Eagles mainly- for friends /fellow collectors and works (except few examples) - were not widely sold.

    I was very impressed by this discovery - some examples below!
    French one is super interesting
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    One More!
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    Fellows,
    What are we going to investigate this weekend?
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    Fellows,
    I been making small steps - to ID a very rare PA Eagle.

    Perhaps some of you know more/ can help with clues -information etc?

    Pictures attached -please notice very characteristic avers (head / bik specifically) and reverse (fixing).

    For some time, I have tried to find more evidence /contextual information - but there is not much - except 2 - quite strong clues.

    1. At Sikorski's - a similar Eagle forms part of the display dedicated to the "Polish branches" of the RAF apprentice schools - Cranwell/Holton that operated during WW2 - training Polish air-force cadets
    2. Secondly, I have found a few pictures from the schools-one of them is particularly relevant -but not 100% conclusive, due to quality - distance

    The picture - that was taken during the "pass-out parade" in 1944/45 features students with PAF Eagle. However, pictures taken in 46 and 48 feature Poles with standard RAF hat without an Eagle.

    As far as I understand, number of Poles that attended Cranwell/Holton Schools was very low - and it looks like only 1 -2 years between 43 - 47, used the PAF Eagle.

    If the clues can eventually be proved with further pictures etc - this this makes this variant super rare!
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    Hello Wadowicznic,

    Many thanks for your post, what a proud day to be inspected by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Trenchard 1st Viscount Trenchard in the 5th photograph of your post.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    appealing Battle of Britain period Service Dress Cap, OR's.
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    I think War time visor cap is from material? From your photo is plastic, leather?

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    Hello Tomek,

    RAF Officers visor caps where covered in material, but Other Ranks had the plain leather has shown in the photograph below :

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    I hope that it answers your question

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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