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  1. Swastika Good Luck Charm

    Yes the symbol was used by the famous German Gladiator Valetinus who had the swastika good luck symbol on his shied in AD 175. And I believe many German soldiers carried one in the trenches in WW1 as a good luck charm.
  2. Here's an interesting item that was found by someone with a metal detector in County Durham. It is a die stamped copper alloy good luck charm 20mm x 22mm c1930 ?.
  3. Leather skull patch

    This post is going back a bit but I did finally identify what the patch was, it was British Royal Navy ie= Churchill's pirates submarine or trawler section.

    And here's a letter of confirmation for a bronze badge and booklet to be sent to the named person.

    Here's a silver version of mine also by Wernstein, it's lost a bit of silver on the front.
  6. The Australian Army General Service Badge better known as the Rising Sun (AIF) Badge was issued to all units in WW1. In all there have been 7 versions of this badge here is a list of them. 1st version 1901 had 7 star points and the word Australia arched above the Kings Crown and no scroll made from pressed oxidised copper and was issued to mounted troops in the Boer War. 2nd version 1902 made of copper had the words Commonwealth horse on a scroll and Australia arched above Kings Crown. 3rd version 1904 made of copper the best known version issued in WW1 and WW2 with the words Australian Commonwealth Military Forces on scroll. 4th version 1949 made of brass has the words Australia Military Forces on scroll. 5th version 1956 same as 4th but with Queens crown. 6th version 1969 in gilt has the Federation Star instead of Crown and the word Australia only on scroll. 7th version 1991 in gilt with Queens Crown and the words The Australian Army on scroll. The normal General Service Badge has twin lugs and cotter pin for fixing to the side of the Karki Felt Slouch Hat, there is a Light Horse version of the badge with slider bar to slip onto the front of the Puggaree ( Hat Band of the Slouch Hat ). Here are photo's of the badge on various headwear used.
  7. The Maginot line badge worn on the beret by troops, named after the French Minister of War Andre Maginot. The slogan used on the front of the badge "On Ne Passe Pass" translates as They Shall Not Pass. Here's a badge I've had for a number of years they can be found in silver, gilt, or in enamel.
  8. More stuff I dug out

    Nice little group, The whistle "Metropolitan" ( Made in England ) often referred to as the General Service Whistle ( GSW ) or the Police Whistle, made by J. Hudson & Co from early 60s/70s. A good source of information on the GSW whistle is ( The General Service Whistle Museum ). At www.whistleshop.co.uk/gsws.html
  9. Scottish buttons

    Nice buttons, I'd say WW1 period.
  10. The Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS ) of WW2 operated from small auxiliary vessels using Naval trawlers for anti-submarine and minesweeping operations to protect Coastal Britain and Convoys. Below are two examples of the badges designed to be worn on the sleeve, 1st is the early silver version with pin fitting on the back this was awarded to Officers and ratings who had completed six months duty at sea. The second badge was redesigned with stitch on loops to replace the pin back version due to the increasing numbers of these being lost.
  11. Scottish buttons

    The crown is a major's shoulder insignia, I have the same crown but mine still has the backing plate with it. The Button was worn by the WW1 Scottish Horse Regiment.
  12. Ships Bell Returns to Home Port

    Here's a few images of the ship.
  13. Here's an interesting story I spotted in the local paper.
  14. I love this picture.

    Yes a Great piece of sculpture most call and have a proper look next time I drive past the seaham turn off, been meaning to take the grandkids to see the grey seals that live not to far from there.
  15. WW2 Home Guard Barkingside

    Yes it would have been nice to have a name and address with it, would have been that bit more interesting but still a nice group.