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And here we have very interesting NCO badge made in silver straight from 1940.

We know the exact year for this specimen since it is “jubilee” badge that was issued in 1940 (2600th anniversary of Empire). Quite common practice by the way (buckles, sake cups, gratuity cigarette cases and clocks, etc).

This type has star and propeller in gold gilt, but rays in silver (?).

The tricky part is wings - looks like they were oxidized

Propeller has solid blades.

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Well my dear colleagues – its time!

Time for the gold wings/silver wings specimens.

Because Peterson wasn’t completely wrong when he wrote about Officer Badges with wings in gold gild.

Indeed sometimes (or rather "hardly ever" :lol:) we could meet such specimens.

Unfortunately I’ve never seen boxed or inscribed specimen.

So I don’t have any time coordinates for such badges.

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Type “gold wings” Badge (unknown period)

This type has star, propeller and wings in gold gilt.

Reverse in gold gilt.

Propeller has solid blades.

Badge dimensions

width 35,88 mm

height 48,26 mm

Badge weight 13,59 grams

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Type “silver wings” Badge (unknown period)

This type has star and propeller in gold gilt, but wings in silver.

Reverse in silver.

Propeller has solid blades.

Badge dimensions

width 35,88 mm

height 48,18 mm

Badge weight 13,62 grams

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Type “slotted propeller” variation 1 “Star and propeller in gold gilt, wings in silver”

Badge dimensions

width 39,12 mm

height 54,38 mm

Badge weight 42,87 grams

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Type “slotted propeller” variation 2 “Star, wings and propeller in silver (?)”.

This badge is in collection of DavidS – many thanks for the photos!

I am not sure about the colorization of the star (and if it comes to that – of the propeller too) since obviously this badge went through a hard trial! Even lost his original wide pin ;)

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Type “slotted propeller”variation 3 “Star in gold, propeller in silver, brown painted wings”.

This badge most probably came from 1943-1945 (judging by the type of superimposed star).

Badge dimensions

width 39,32 mm

height 54,90 mm

Badge weight 43,29 grams

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