badge, rank, British, sealed pattern, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Standard pattern, Sub-Lieutenant (Air)
4x badges, 2x labels, 2x seals.
Badges: Two sets of facing pairs (curl is left over right and right over left) of rank shoulder straps to a Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (Air) of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, being one stripe of gold rank lace forming a squared curl around the gold wire embroidered letter 'A', at the inward (pointed) end of the strap a small gilded button of an Imperial (King's) crown above a fouled anchor flanked by the Gothic letters R / V with the letter N superimposed over the anchor, all within a rope border. The straps are of dark blue material on a stiff former creating a longitudinal arched shape.
Labels 1 & 2 are identical: Small, red printed: Admiralty Duplicate Pattern, Patt. No.: 42779; Comment: "Shoulder straps for Sub-lieutenant (AIR) R.N.V.R., (Temporaty Commission)."; C.P. VTA. 415/7 9.10.1951.
Reverse: Selected by: Stamped: J. Thompson, Technical Examining Officer / Roche Court Fareham / 3 - Dec 1951.
Seals 1 & 2, both: Large lead discs with on one side the letters SA and possibly some other marks.
The special RNR buttons ('RNR' superimposed upon foul anchor) were abolished in 1921 and officers were ordered to wear ordinary RN buttons. The buttons were reinstated in 1951 only to be abolished, again, in 1958 when the RNVR was amalgamated with the RNR, under the latter title.