In 15 years of collecting Airline Memorabilia I have never seen this particular badge / brooch before....a very rare item...it may have been an Airline Issue one, or possibly a 'Sweethearts' brooch made especially for a Captain's or Senior Exec's wife or partner. Made of brass with enamel inlay and is just 1 1/2" across.TEAL or TASMAN EMPIRE AIRWAYS was the forerunner to AIR NEW ZEALAND and was first registered in 1940. In April 1961 the Australian government decided to support the wholly Australian-owned Qantas airline and the New Zealand government bought out the Australian government's shareholding, giving New Zealand 100% ownership. The airline changed to Air New Zealand (its present name) on 1 April 1965 at the same time as Douglas DC-8s entered service. TEAL's TE flight code carried over to Air New Zealand, which continued to use it for its international routes until 1989. Then its international flights began using the NZ code that belonged to NAC and had been used for that carrier's domestic flights.
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