A Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Cap Badge by J. R. Gaunt & Son
A Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Cap Badge by J. R. Gaunt & Son - Brown gilt on copper, maker marked "J & CO" (Joseph Jennens & Company, London) on the reverse, 38 mm x 43.8 mm, intact prongs, extremely fine. Footnote: Joseph Jennens & Company of London was a prestigious maker of high quality Royal military officers' cap-plates, breast-plates, badges and buttons. The company was founded in the early years of the nineteenth century and changed its name to Jennens & Company, Ltd. in 1913. In 1924, the firm was purchased by J. R. Gaunt & Son, who continued to market their products for several years as "J. R. Gaunt & Son, late Jennens" to emphasize the quality, such was the reputation of Jennens.