Bulgaria - Between The Wars

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No 4562, 800 silver
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Pilot Badge, 1937, Boris III official issue
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Pilot Badge, 1937, Boris III, gilt on base metal
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Pilot Badge, 1937, Boris III, fire gilt bronze
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Pilot Badge, pre-1937, Boris III, silver wash on brass
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59.5 mm
25.7 mm
9.4 grams

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3/2/2002
The following two badges are actually first pattern pilot qualification badges in gold and silver of the "secret" Bulgarian Air Force. Technically they are referred to as Flyers of Tourist Aircraft. They were awarded at a time when Bulgaria was prevented by the Treaty of Versailles from having a military air force. The silver badge was given to the more senior pilots. Both badges were frequently awarded to Luftwaffe pilots.
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59.8 mm
26.7 mm
10.7 grams
Unidentified hallmark
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3/2/2002
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Initial flight qualification badge, Silver, 1916-1930s, Strahil Miloshev Workshop
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Advanced flight qualification badge, Gilt, 1916-1930s, Strahil Miloshev Workshop
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Tod Rathbone Collection
9/4/2021
Advanced flight qualification badge, Gilt, 1916-1930s, Strahil Miloshev Workshop
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Gene Ashton Collection
5/31/2004
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Gene Ashton Collection
5/31/2004
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Gene Ashton Collection
5/31/2004
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Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars