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Fancy Pigeon Rings that Appear to be Racing Homer Rings...
Author: Jan LombardTitle: Fancy Pigeon Rings that Appear to be Racing Homer Rings
Date: 2004-09-28 12:03:19Uploaded by: webmaster
A typical racing homer ring from the 21st century has an aluminium inside, a paper insert (white or coloured) on which the details are printed and a transparent (sometimes coloured) plastic coating. Some of the small to medium sized fancy (show) pigeon breeds, as well as some of the air performance breeds (e.g. rollers and high flyers or tipplers) have legs of the same thickness as racing homer pigeons. This led to the practice of using this type of ring on these birds. A large number of collectors collect only racing pigeon rings, but when one looks at their collection lists, some of these fancy or performing pigeon rings do appear on it. The purpose of this article is to clarify this confusion.

Some rings described below have specific details of the clubs printed onto them. I doubt if any collector will confuse these rings with racing homer rings, but, based on appearance and type, they fall within the scope of this article. As always, I am asking for your help to ensure accuracy and completeness of the data.

I will now list the ring initials / details in alphabetical order. The exact initials and club names are in bold letters.

BR
These rings are from Germany, but without the letters BR normally found on such rings. They are not strictly of racing homer type, as they come in different sizes. The numbering system is alphanumerical with one to two letters and 3 digits. I have the following: III 86 (yellow); III 87 (white); II 86 (yellow); II 87 (blue); I 87 (blue). III is the smallest size (8mm); II (8,9mm) and I (9,6mm). Then I have a large (12,7mm inside diameter) VII BR 87 (blue) an another one (15,8mm inside diameter) V BR 86. The last mentioned one is most probably a poultry ring.

B.R.C.
I was told that these are from the Birmingham Roller Club of Netherlands. The numbering system is a four digit one. I have 95 (light blue) and 2001 (light green).

B.R.C. 1985 Birmingham T 611350
Unknown pink ring

Deutscher Bodenp.-Club
These rings are for parlor rollers, a breed that cannot fly and that does backward summersaults when frightened. The numbering system is numerical with up to 5 digits. The years are printed horizontally. I have the following: 1985 (orange); 1986 (green); 1987 (yellow); 1988 (white); 1989 (pink); 1990 (white); 1991 (orange); 1992 (green); 1993 (yellow); 1995 (green); 1996 (dark pink); 1997 (white); 1998 (yellow); 2000 (orange); 2001 (blue) and 2002 (green).

Deutscher Flugroller Club DFC
I have one white ring from 1981. The year is printed horizontally. See also DFC below.

Deutscher Flugtippler Union
The “flugtippler” is a high flyer breed that stays up in the air for long periods. My 3 rings from the 70’s are not typical racing homer type as they do not have aluminium inside. These three rings are made from plastic only, with paper inserts. My first typical racing homer type ring from this club is dated 1983. The numbering system is numerical with up to four digits. The years on all these rings are printed vertically. I have the following years: 73 (red); 75 (orange); 77(white); 83 (pink); 84 (green); 86 (yellow); 88 (orange); 89 (green); 90 (blue); 91 (yellow); 92 (pink); 93 (orange); 94 (green); 95 (blue); 96 (yellow) and (98 orange).

DFC
Deutsche Flugroller Club. The numbering system is numerical with 4 digits. The year is printed horizontally below the club’s initials. I have: 96 (light purple); 97 (biege); 98 (light blue); 99 (white); 2000 (red) and 2001 (light green). I also have the following rolled end aluminum rings: DFC 97 312 (plain); DFC 95 0979 (green); DFC 98 3899 (blue) and DFC 99 3719 (plain) which may, or may not be from the same club. Then I have a DFC 02 737 ring in grey plastic, with 02 printed vertically. This last mentioned one is of Horst Stengel & Sohn manufacture.

EFU
European Flugtippler Union. The year is printed horizontally in 4 digits. The numbering system is numerical only and with 4 digits. I have 1988 (red); 1993 (white) and 2002 (light purple).

F.F.H.
Fliegtippler Friends Holland. The numbering system is numerical with 3 to 4 digits. I have the following: 1998 (white); 1999 (yellow); 2000 (red); 01 (blue) and 2002 (pink). The year is printed horizontally below the club initials, except the ring from 2001, where it is printed horizontally and next to the initials. These rings appear on a number of racing homer collection lists.

FPA
Flying Pigeon Association, Philippines. I am not very positive about the identification of this one. I have one bright green ring from 2002, with the year printed horizontally below the initials. The numbering system is numerical only with 6 digits. These initials are also use by the Fancy Pigeon Association of New Zealand, but they use engraved smooth aluminum rings. I doubt if this ring is from the latter club.

FVN
Fliegtippler Vereniging Nederland. The years are printed vertically in two digits. The numbering system is numerical only, with 3 to 4 digits. I have: 98 (red) and 00 (white).

Hamburger SV
This is a German short face tumbler club. The years are printed either horizontally or vertically. I have: 84 (pink); 92 (green); 93 (orange); 94 (white); 95 (yellow); 96 (green); 97 (blue). 84 and 96 are printed horizontally and the rest vertically. The numbering system is numerical only with 2 to 3 digits.

NBRC
National Birmingham Roller Club. The years are printed horizontally below the club’s initials. The numbering system is alphanumerical with one letter and 4 digits. I am not sure from which country these are, because we also get anodized rolled end aluminum rings with NBRC embossed onto them. The latter seems to be of Gey Band & Tag Company (USA) manufacture. Of the racing homer type I have 94 (red); 96 (blue); 98 (light purple); 2000 (red); 2001 (pink); 2002 (yellow) and 2003 (blue). Some of the racing type NBRC rings were made for special occasions. I will now list these: NBRC CONVENTION 97 PAGEANT OF PIGEON - green ; 99 NBRC CONV N.W. INT FLY - yellow

OLD GERMAN OWL CLUB
This is a fancy pigeon breed club from the USA. I have two: 2002 (blue) and 2003 (red). The year is printed horizontally below the club’s name in 4 digits. The numbering system is numerical with 3 – 4 digits.

PFA
Pigeon Fanciers of America. These rings come in 7 different sizes. The used the letters of the word PIGEON to indicate the sizes. P is the smallest and N the largest. These rings have an aluminum inside with embossed letters and a coloured plastic coating. I have PFA 78 G (red); PFA 80 G (yellow); PFA 81 G (blue); PFA 79 O (purple); PFA 77 O (green); PFA 77 N (green); PFA 76 N (clear); PFA 78 N (red); PFA 79 N (purple).

SASV; SASU
Suid Afrikaanse Sierduif Vereniging or Suid Afrikaanse Sierduif Unie. For a short period of time the SAFPA (South African Fancy Pigeon Association) also used typical racing homer rings for their B size fancy pigeon rings. I have the following: SASU 80-B (green); SASV 82-B (white); SASU 83 B (light blue); S A S U 84-B (white); SASU 85-B (white); SASV 86 B (grey-pink); S.A.S.V. 1987 (green). There were also rolled end aluminum rings in size B for all the years mentioned above. The rings for 1981 were pink anodized rolled end aluminum rings. I have not seen any racing homer type rings for 1981.

STV
Swiss Taube Vereniging. The rings I am talking about here, are not strictly of the racing homer type, as they come in different sizes. These rings have the typical aluminum inside, paper insert and plastic coating. The years are printed vertically in two digits. Sizes are in Roman numbers e.g. III and IV. The numbering system is alphanumerical with one letter and 3 digits. I have the following STV rings: IV STV 91; IV STV 93; IV STV 94; IV STV 95; III STV 86; III STV 87; III STV 89; III STV 90; III STV 91; III STV 92; III STV 93; III STV 94; III STV 95; III STV 96;

USA RBPC
Rare Breeds Pigeon Club. I have only one pink USA 2002 RBPC. The numbering system is numerical and 3 digits on this specimen.

VCN
Vliegroller Club Nederland. On these rings the year (two digit) forms part of the individual number – e.g. with a ring from 1997, the number starts with 97. I have two: 970113 (yellow) and 991561 (blue)

VLIEGROLLER CLUB NEDERLAND.
If we presume that this is from the same club than the VCN mentioned above, I have one ring from the 2000 year – the number starts with 00 on this red ring.

Wiener Vollblut- Hochflieger
I have one ring from this club – a yellow ring from 1988. The year 88 is printed vertically. The numbering system is numerical, two digits in this case.

Jan Lombard



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