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    Can anyone identify the following, just found in a closed-up house in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?

    https://sites.google.com/site/sparta...e/other-images

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    It is an RAF/RCAF officers side cap. GVIR officers badge, probably WW2 vintage.

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    G'day

    In Canada we call them Wedge Caps or just 'Wedgies'. It could have worn right up to or for sometime after the Queen's Coronation. Can you tell from the inside if it was made by Muir Cap and Regalia Limited Manufacturers of Toronto, Ontario?

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    Jonny and Chris,

    Thanks for yours. What does GVIR mean?

    Not sure if we still have access, Chris, but will ask.

    This was a chance thing. Someone who likes going to estate sales found references to Spartan Air Services on my book project web site and advised me there were a couple of photo albums with Spartan photos. Would I like them I was asked....! (-: Sending the cap photo was an afterthought.

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    Robert GVIR, George VI Reign (i'm pretty sure))

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    Thanks, Alan.

    Chris:No manufacturer's tag BUT on the retaining plate for the badge it reads: J62052 F/S Thomas J.P.

    Can anyone identify him?

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    Alan,

    I think you will find the 'R' is 'Rex', the latin for 'King'; had it been a Queen's cypher, as it would mean 'Regina' latin for 'Queen'. Effectively the cypher 'GVIR' means 'King George the 6th'.

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    Brian,
    It certainly is, i kept thinking that it did'nt sound right, and it came to me while on my way to work this morning.

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    Although it almost certainly isn't, it could also be an RNZAF officer's F/S (Field Service) cap, as these were identical in all respects to RAF and RCAF F/S caps. It is very hard to identify the manufacturer of both cap badges and the caps themselves unless there are reasonably clear remains of a manufacturer's name still extant on the item. During WW2 there was little if any difference between the officer cap badges for RAF, RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, and much the same could be said for the entire SD uniform apart from the rather obvious differences in case of RAAF. The complex (gold wire, etc) SD cap badges for the British Commonwealth officers' cap were made by a very small number of specialised companies, often in Asia, and in fact still are to best of my knowledge.
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    J62052 is an RCAF officer's service number but the abbreviated rank is Flight Sergeant, that should start with an R, also the way the name is written is fairly standard for an NCO/OR (Surname first: Initials).
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