A First War Group to Flight Instructor Lamont; Royal Flying Corps
A First War Group to Flight Instructor Lamont; Royal Flying Corps - Distinguished Flying Cross, GRV (frosted silver, 20.5 mm, two eagle clasps on the post-1919 ribbon, horizontal pinback marked "MADE IN ENGLAND"); Royal Air Force Pilot Wings (silver and gold-coloured bullion, red wool threading in the crown, on khaki-green wool base, black cloth reinforcing backer, 32 mm x 82.5 mm, exhibiting moderate wear on the reverse); Royal Flying Corps Sweetheart Wings (silver gilt and enamels, number "793" scratched beside "M2/Y" on the reverse, 19 mm x 53.3 mm, horizontal pinback); Royal Flying Corps Bracelet (sterling silver, marked "STERLING", maker marked "RYRIE" and engraved "MRS. HAMMOND LAMONT / ENGLEWOOD, / N.J., U.S.A." on the reverse, obverse illustrating the RFC insignia and engraved "GORDON LAMONT" below, 22.2 mm x 37.5 mm, dark patina, on full-length wrist chain); five Royal Flying Corps Cap Badges (1. bronze gilt, maker marked "RODEN BROS TORONTO" on the reverse, 38 mm x 44 mm, intact lugs and pin; 2. bronze gilt, unmarked, 37.8 mm x 44.3 mm, intact lugs; 3. bronze gilt, 37.5 mm x 43.5 mm, intact lugs, one of which is pinched; 4. bronze, unmarked, convex, 35.5 mm x 44.2 mm, intact lugs and pin; 5. blackened bronze, unmarked, 37.88 mm x 43.5 mm, intact lugs); four Royal Flying Corps Collar Tabs (1. red bronze, maker marked but obscured, 29.8 mm x 37.5 mm, intact lugs; 2. red bronze, maker marked "RODEN BROS TORONTO" on the reverse, 28.5 mm x 35 mm, intact lugs and pin; 3. bronze, unmarked, 22.8 mm x 29 mm, intact lugs and pin; 4. bronze gilt, unmarked, 22.8 mm x 29 mm, intact lugs and pin); Royal Air Force Insignia Blazer Patch (gold-coloured and silver billion, black threading giving definition to the wings and body of the eagle insignia, red felt in the crown, touches of red, green and blue threading in the base of the crown, on navy blue wool, padded, giving it a three-dimensional look, black cloth reinforcing backer, 96 mm x 100 mm); and Lamont Family Coat-of-Arms Blazer Patch (silver bullion with touches of gold bullion wire, navy blue felt background, on a white cotton base, illustrating the name "LAMONT" in a rectangular bar above the lion coat-of -arms, stamped "SCOTTISH IMPORTS, LTD. /374 Geary Street / San Francisco 2" and "INDIA" on the reverse, 58.5 mm x 86.2 mm, lightly soiled). Extremely fine. Footnote: Gordon Lamont was a Flight Instructor with the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force). During the First World War, he taught American and Canadian pilots to fly at training facilities in Texas and Canada. The training planes were Curtis JN-4 "Jennys" (1917-1919).