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1742 Original Distinguished Flying Cross Issue Case - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 4th December 2019

Original Distinguished Flying Cross Issue Case - Recently purchased at auction this is an original case as issued, marked D.F.C to top of lid and with recessed beige velvet section where the medal was located. First introduced on 3rd June 1918 and was originally awarded to RAF commissioned and warrant officers, including officers in Commonwealth and allied forces. In March 1941 eligibility was extended to Naval Officers of the Fleet Air Arm, and in November 1942 to Army officers, including those from the Royal Artillery, serving on attachment to the RAF. The medal was awarded for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

The medal is now abscent and we have no information on who it was awarded to, but it almost certainly dates from WW11. The leatherette covered case remains in remarkably good condition, whilst the gold leaf to the DFC stamp is now slightly faded, but clearly readable. The brass hinges and latch clip are full operational and this emotive case would make an ideal display item in an RAF collection or of course absolutely perfect if you are lucky enough to own an original DFC, that is now lacking its case. Alternatively very decent replica medals are available to buy at modest prices and would be set off perfectly with this original case. The fabric on the inside of the lid is again in good condition with minor age related staining and clearly marked with London’s Royal Mint crest. The case measures 5.75” x 3.25” (15 cm x 8 cm) These case are becoming increasingly scarce so grab this one whist you can!

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