badge, trade, British, Pilot's wings, Royal Flying Corps, other ranks
Royal Flying Corps pilot's wings brevet, being a flat embroidered pair of outstretched wings, each with twelve feathers, supporting a central laurel wreath encircling the RFC monogram with above a King's crown, the wings and monogram in white, the crown in white with red detail and the wreath in yellow, all on a black fabric backing cut to shape.
A Royal Submission proposed the creation of a 'flying badge' in June 1912. The wings on the badge represent swifts' wings. Variations occur during manufacture and as a result, slight but numerous variants can be found.
The unusual configuration of the wings together with the colouration of the wreath suggests this may be a copy made for theatrical purposes.