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Title 14th Jazlowiecki Uhlanen badge
Nationality Polish
Period c 1939-45

This is a Spinks of London badge for the 14th Polish Lancers. It would appear to be made in low grade silver or heavy duty silver plate as a replacement piece for the lost originals left behind in Poland when the Germans attacked in 1939. It has the date 1918 in relief for the foundation of the regiment and the initials JU also in relief.

This unit would had a distinguished record fighting the Reds when they invaded Poland in 1920 and no doubt fought with valour against the Germans in 1939 and again with the Polish army in exile under British colours in the remainder of WW2.

This is not a modern reproduction item, but a wartime replacement piece, made in England for the Free Polish Army. It measures just under 5 cm in diameter.

It appears to be a cast piece, possibly cast in two or three pieces (the rayed backing plate, the central cross and the Virtuti Valore emblem in the middle). The rather scruffy looking yellow backing appears to be original wool felt, as is the yellow 'plastic' backing plate. The nut would appear to be made of bronze with 'Spink & Son London' in relief. The condition of all the metalwork is excellent, with a few service/age scratches here and there.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Polish : 20th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

The police cutlass exceeded my expectations, it arrived earlier than expected. Thank you very much from a very satisfied customer who will no doubt return.

J K, UK, 26.11.2013