'Buzzy Bee' Logo Panel
This one is a bit of a mystery! We purchased it from an auction together with a section of aircraft fabric cut from a De Havilland Hornet Moth circa 1936. Anyone interested in such things will find it listed on page 117 of Mick Prodger’s excellent ‘Trending Collectables 2015 Price Guide’- if you don’t yet have one in your library please get in touch as we have a few copies left. When purchased we were told the vendor had stated ‘both items had come from a defunct private museum here in the UK that had closed down’ and our panel had been ‘cut from a 1930’s racing aircraft that had crashed shortly after WW11.’ We have no firm evidence to back this up although having researched the Hornet Moth canvas the story told lined up exactly as told. This panel is we believe made from aluminium and is of riveted construction. It has minor 'creases' in places but is generally flat so ideal for wall display. The ‘Buzzy Bee’ image is very decorative and has been sprayed against a white roundel which is 24” in diameter (61 cm) ; this in turn is set over a black and yellow background. The paint is still quite bright but has lifted in places as shown in our attached image. The metal does not have any identifying marks to help us obtain any sort of ID although the front does carry a quite crudely painted ‘L471’.This could just be a collection reference number so is really no help to us. The panel needs to be handled carefully as the edges are cut metal but mounted on a wall it make a decorative talking point. Of course if any visitors to the site can assist with any additional information concerning this piece we would be delighted to hear from you. It is a slightly irregular size but the approximate measurements are 33” x 23” (84 cm x 58 cm).