Unidentified Badge

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Wittman01
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Unidentified Badge

Post by Wittman01 » 18 Jun 2023 12:09

Hi there, I just bought this Badge in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the shop owner did not have any clue about it's origin and it's missing a part looking like a shield or coat of arms at the top.
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Does anyone know anything about it?

The Badge has only Laurel leaves (No oak leaves) so I do not think it has german origins, but the badges of the Royal Bulgarian Army that I have found online tend to have also Oak Leaves and it does not look to be from the communist era.

Also the Letters are not very clear, I think there is a W L V and J but the W has 2 strange thinks like guitar pegs.

About the crossed "battons" I also have no clue, I suspect they may be some wind instruments?

The insignia itself it's not magnetic, except for the pin, and there are no maker marks on the back.

My personal theory is that it belongs to a Military (or civilian) Music Band.
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Grzesio
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Re: Unidentified Badge

Post by Grzesio » 19 Jun 2023 11:51

but the badges of the Royal Bulgarian Army that I have found online tend to have also Oak Leaves and it does not look to be from the communist era
Just the Bulgarian alphabet is a variation of a Cyrillic - but there are Roman letters on the badge.

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Re: Unidentified Badge

Post by Wittman01 » 19 Jun 2023 15:36

Grzesio wrote:
19 Jun 2023 11:51
but the badges of the Royal Bulgarian Army that I have found online tend to have also Oak Leaves and it does not look to be from the communist era
Just the Bulgarian alphabet is a variation of a Cyrillic - but there are Roman letters on the badge.
Yes, I also noticed that, so I tried to search in surrounding countries like Romania,Yugoslavia... but to no avail.....

Maybe this is from west europe... UK, Belgium, etc... I have reviewed several reference books but found nothing.....

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Re: Unidentified Badge

Post by HPL2008 » 22 Jun 2023 20:14

Wittman01 wrote:
18 Jun 2023 12:09
About the crossed "battons" I also have no clue, I suspect they may be some wind instruments?
Those are fire hose nozzles.

What you have here is a post-war Feuerwehr-Leistungabzeichen [Fire Brigade Proficiency Badge] from Upper Austria. The missing part is the state shield:

https://www.feuerwehr-pupping.at/index. ... sabzeichen

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Re: Unidentified Badge

Post by Wittman01 » 22 Jun 2023 21:26

HPL2008 wrote:
22 Jun 2023 20:14
Wittman01 wrote:
18 Jun 2023 12:09
About the crossed "battons" I also have no clue, I suspect they may be some wind instruments?
Those are fire hose nozzles.

What you have here is a post-war Feuerwehr-Leistungabzeichen [Fire Brigade Proficiency Badge] from Upper Austria. The missing part is the state shield:

https://www.feuerwehr-pupping.at/index. ... sabzeichen
Thanks a lot!!! Not for a single moment I thought those were fire hose nozzles!!!

Mistery solved now!!!!

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