Rare Amy Johnson Lapel Badge. c.1930

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Rare Amy Johnson Lapel Badge. c.1930

Rare Amy Johnson Lapel Badge. c.1930 (Detail)

Rare lapel badge dating from 1930 commemorating Amy Johnson's record breaking flight from England to Australia. This badge was made as part of a series of 'song' badges produced between the late 1920s and early 30s by the English badge makers, "Miller" which depicted popular songs of the period. This badge represented the Gilbert & Nicholls song "AMY" which was written to celebrate her flight. To view a copy of the sheet music for "AMY", please click HERE.

This attractive lapel badge is made from gilt brass and decorated in a beautiful blue enamel. The badge is in the form of an aeroplane which has the name "Jason" (the name of Johnson's Gypsy Moth) on it's nose . Across the wings are maps of both Great Britain and Australia as well as the name "AMY". The reverse is mounted on a brooch pin and is signed with the maker's name, "Miller, Birmingham".  Comes with a period jeweller's box. Wingspan : 26mm. Very good condition. This particular badge is probably the hardest to find out of those made to commemorate her flight.

Amy Johnson was born in Hull, England in 1903. After saving enough money, she joined the London Aeroplane Club where she learned to fly, navigate and repair aircraft (becoming England's first licensed female ground mechanic). Shortly after qualifying for her pilot's licence she decided to make a name for herself by attempting a solo flight from England to Australia. After gaining some financial help from Lord Wakefield (Wakefield-Castrol Oil Co.) she purchased a DeHavilland Gypsy Moth. She completed the 11,000 mile flight, landing in Australia on 24th May 1930, becoming the first woman to fly this route solo. She later set other records from England to Japan and England to Cape Town. In 1932 she married the pilot, Captain Jim Mollison and together they attempted more record flights. Amy Johnson died in 1941 while working for the Air Transport Auxiliary Service, drowning after baling out of an Airspeed Oxford aircraft into the Thames estuary.

For more information on Amy Johnson, please click on the link below :

AMY JOHNSON

Inventory No. A-252

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