Ext Rare 1918 Russian Workers & Peasants Red Air Fleet Glavvozduhflot Pilot Sleeve Badge in Bullion
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Ext Rare 1918 Russian Workers & Peasants Red Air Fleet Glavvozduhflot Pilot Sleeve Badge in Bullion

Code: omrs10018raf-CON

$6,595.00




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ARTIFACT:

What we have here is an extremely rare and seldom seen, other than in books and period images, is the circa 1918 Glavvozduhflot, Russian Workers' & Peasants' Red Air Fleet, Bolshevik Pilot Sleeve Badge in Bullion on Velvet. This exquisite badge shows signs of having been, at one time, sewn to a uniform, and it has some light wear to the edges of the velvet, and some lovely patina to the gilt wire bullion of the winged propellor. If only we knew where this badge has been! 

By design of the winged propellor, and the shape of the background material, once can see that this Pilot Badge, worn from 1918 in the Russian Civil War through the Polish - Soviet War, is the ancestor Badge of the Pilot Badge of 1925, with its addition of the crossed swords and red star at center, and the change of wing color to silver while the propellor remained gold.

This is the only one of these badges that we have seen in hand. It came form a longtime Russian & Soviet Collector who has one on a Leather Flight Coat (!!!) so he decided to part with this one. It had been in another Private Collection since 2016 and finally as consigned to us here at FTA recently. 

Aviation Historian Tod Rathbone presented us with images of similar badges being worn, from obscure Russian books on the subject.

VINTAGE: Circa 1918.

SIZE: Approximately: 2-1/2" in height x 3-1/2" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Bullion on wool.

ATTACHMENT: To be sewn on.

MARKINGS: N/A.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a Russian and Soviet Union militaria collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-MFJJM10/16 LFEIEX11/20/23

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine - Excellent): Signs of having been, at one time, sewn to a uniform, with some light wear to the edges of the velvet, and some lovely light to moderate patina to the gilt wire bullion of the winged propellor.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.