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Inquiries on Roller & Tippler rings...
Author: Jan Lombard (South Africa) & Mario Corral (Australia)Title: Inquiries on Roller & Tippler rings
Date: 2004-09-28 12:18:10Uploaded by: webmaster
We collect pigeon bands (rings) as a hobby. We believe most of the following bands are for performance flying pigeons, e.g. rollers or tipplers / high flyers. Some of the clubs included in the list is for fancy (show) pigeon breed clubs. The reason for their inclusion is that they cater for tumbler breeds. Some of the included clubs is unknown, but the club initials are included because the size of the rings are similar to that of roller rings.

We will try to describe the bands. We need information on the following bands in our collections. In some instances we know the club’s name, but need to know if it is a flying or a show club? We will try to give whatever information we have on the clubs. Please let us know if it is incorrect. It will also be interesting to get answers on the following questions: 1] When was these clubs established? 2] How many rings do they use per season? 3] Who manufactures their rings etc.

Unless stated otherwise, all these bands have an inside diameter of 0.292” = 7mm and are therefore of roller/tippler size.

AERC All England Roller Club, UK. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 92 (pink)
AERS All England Roller Society. (not known in the UK) Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 96 (orange); 97 (blue); 98 (gold).
APA Unknown, rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 76 (plain)
ARC American Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters – plain unless stated otherwise: 75; 82; 86; 87; 88 (red); 89; 90; 92; 93 (blue); 94 (red); 95; 96; 97; 98; 99
ATU American Tippler Union, http://www.tipplers.com/ATU/ . Established 1967, still active in New York area. We assume they use roller edge aluminum bands with embossed letters.
AVRC Antelope Valley Roller Club, USA. This club use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters. Mario has got a few examples in his collection.
BBRC Bloemfontein Birmingham Roller Club also Boksburg Birmingham Roller Club. South Africa. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 88; 90;
BCBRC British Colombia Birmingham Roller Club. This club was already in existence in April 1972. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 1998 (gold); 1999 (red);
BCR Black Country Roller Club, England. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters, plain unless stated otherwise: 51; 61; 63; 69 to 76; 78 to 80; 86 (red); 87 to 93; 95; 96. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 00 (purple). A Black Country Roller Club from Kelso, Washington, USA was mentioned in the September 1968 issue of “American Pigeon Journal.
BCRC Unknown – Rolled edged aluminum with embossed letters. Mario has got some.
BHRC Boyle Heights Roller Club, USA. We do not have rings from this club, but assume that they use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters.
BPRC Birmingham Performing Roller Club, South Africa. Smooth aluminum rings with engraved letters: 90; 96.
BRC Bentley Roller Club, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 83 B (plain); 91 (orange);
BRC Birminghma Roller Club of Western Australia, Australia. Plastic coated aluminum (7mm inside diameter): 87, 90, 91, 93, 94
B.R.C. Birmingham T.611350 – see Bentley Roller Club? Plastic coated racing homer style: 1985 (pink)
B.R.C. Birmingham Roller Club, Holland. Plastic coated racing homer style: 95 (green); 2001 (green)
BRPC Unknown Rolled edge aluminum ring: 62 (plain)
BSW West of England Flying Tumbler Society, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: B 00 (red). What is the meaning of the letters BSW?
BSWR Unknown U.K. club Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: B 99
CCPRC Central Carolina Performing Roller Club, USA. We do not have rings from this club, but assume that they use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters.
CCRC Unknown – Rolled edged aluminum with embossed letters. Mario has got some.
CFRC Carolina Flying Roller Club, USA. We do not have rings from this club, but assume that they use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters.
CPRC California Performance Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters. Mario has got some in his collection.
CRC Canadian Roller Club. Canada, established 1963. Rolled edge coloured aluminum with embossed letters. 72 (plain)
DAH Unknown rolled edge aluminum: 95 (bronze)
Deutscher Bodenp.-Club Parlor roller club in Germany. Plastic coated racing homer style. 85 (orange); 86 (green); 87 (yellow); 88 (blue-grey); 89 (pink); 90 (plain); 91 (orange); 92 (green); 93 (yellow); 95 (green); 96 (pink); 97 (white); 1998 (yellow); 2000 (orange); 2001 (blue); 2002 (green); 2003 (yellow)
Deutscher Flug-roller-Club e V DFC see also DFC Roller club in Germany. Plastic coated racing homer style; 1981 (white);
Deutsche Flugtippler Union. Tippler club in Germany. Website: http://www.flugtippler.de Plastic coated racing homer style: 73 (red); 75 (orange); 77 (white); 83 (pink); 84 (green); 86 (yellow); 88 (orange); 89 (green); 90 (bllue-grey); 91 (yellow); 92 (pink); 93 (orange); 94 (green); 95 (blue-grey); 96 (yellow); 98 (orange)
DFC Deutscher Flugtippler Club. German tippler club: rolled edge aluminum: 87 (plain); 95 (green); 98 (blue) and 99 (plain). 1987 has a 10mm inside diameter and the rest 9mm I.D. ; Plastic coated racing homer style: 96 (purple); 97 (biege); 98 (blue); 99 (white); 2000 (red); 2001 (green); Plastic modern fancy type: 02 (grey). Why did this club use both plastic coated and aluminum rings, or are the rings for different clubs? Please take note that the rings for the same years are of corresponding colours.
EDRS Unknown smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 88 A (green);
EERC East of England Roller Club, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England: smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 78 (green); rolled edge aluminum: 87 (blue); 88 (red); 89 (green); 90 (purple); 91 (green); 93 (gold); 94 (red);
EFP Unknown: smooth aluminum with engraved letters; 89 (gold)
EFU European Flugtippler Union (plastic coated racing homer type) 1988 (red), 1993 (white); 02 (purple);
ESF Empire Short Face Tumbler Club, USA. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 02; 03.
FFH Fliegtippler Friends Holland Plastic coated racing homer style: 98 (white); 1999 (yellow); 2000 (red); 01 (blue); 2002 (purple)
FK R GORF, Netherlands. Established 1968. Postal addres: GORF; B.G.J. Jorink; Lepenstraat 57; 7605 EE Almelo (Nederland); tel. 0546-532235 Affiliated to the NBS and therefore used FK rings – rolled edge coloured aluminum rings with embossed letters.
FORS Flying Oriental Roller Society, USA. Website: http://www.wod.com/fors We do not know anything about the bands they are using
FRG Friendly Roller Group, USA.
FTA Flying Tippler Association, USA. Website: http://www.tippler.com/FTA/ 93 (blue); 98 (gold);
FTC Flying Tippler Club, Ireland Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 99 (blue);
FTS Flying Tippler Society, USA (see NPA FTS). Website: http://www.tipplers.com/FTSofUSA/ Established 1987. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 93 (red);
FVN Fliegtippler Vereniging Nedeland Plastic coated racing homer style: 89 (red); 00 (white);
GAY Unknown rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 91
HAMBURG SV or HAMBURGER SV Hamburg Shortface Tumbler Club, Germany. Plastic coated racing homer style rings: 79; 84; 92 (); 93 (); 94 (); 95 (); 96 (); 97 ().
HPRC Hawaii Performing Roller Club. We do not know anything about their bands.
HRC Harbor Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 87 (red); 94 (red);
HVRC High Velocity Roller Club, USA.
ICRC Inner City Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 94;
IRA International Roller Association, USA, established 1975. Did not promote / sponsor coop shows, dedicated solely to the performance qualities of the Birmingham roller. – American Pigeon Journal, Aug. 1975, p. 583. Rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters: 87 (red); 89 (plain); 91 (green); 92 (gold); 93 (blue); 94 (red); 95 (bronze). Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 99 (gold); 00 (red).
IRC Ideal Roller Club existed in the USA prior to 1975, but it was superceded by the National Ideal Roller Club – American Pigeon Journal, Aug. 1975 p 593. It is not known if these two clubs issued bands with their own initials on. Any additional information will be appreciated. IRC may also represent the Idaho Roller Club, USA. I have the following rolled edge plain aluminum rings with embossed letters: 83 to 87; 91; 93; 94;
IVAN Unknown, rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 95
JDRC Unknown, South African roller club. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 94.
JOHN G Unknown, rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 95 (bronze)
KCRC Kansas City Roller Club, USA. We do not have any specimens, but assume they used rolled edge aluminum bands with embossed letters. The club was already in existence in 1974.
KNIGHT Unknown, rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 94 (blue); 97 (purple); 98 (gold); 00 (red); 01 (bronze); 02 (purple).
LFRC London Flying Roller Club, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 94 (purple)
MARTIN Unknown, rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 95 (bronze)
MH Unknown, rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 85 (green paint); 88 (plain)
MRPC Midland Roller Pigeon Club, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 95 A (green). The a indicates size – therefore there must be other sizes as well.
MTCA Muffed Tumbler Club of America established 1937, USA. Rolled edge aluminum?
NBRC National Birmingham Roller Club ? Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 51 (plain); 64 (plain); 65 (plain); 66 (plain); 67 (plain); 84 (purple paint); 86 (purple); 89 (pink); 90 (plain); 90 (blue); 91 (green); 93 (plain); 93 (bronze); 94(red); 95 (plain); 95 (gold); 96 (blue); 97 (plain); 97 (green); 98 (purple); 99 (bronze); 00 (plain); 01 (brown); 02 (gold). Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 78 (plain); 79 (brown); 80 (seagreen); 01 (pink). Racing homer type plastic coated aluminum: 94 (?); 94 (red); 96 (blue); 98 (light purple); 00 (red); 01 (pink); 02 (yellow); 03 (blue). Special flights, plastic coated type: NBRC CONVENTION 97 PAGEANT OF PIGEON (green); 99 NBRC CONV N.W. FLY (yellow). Are there different NBRC clubs in different parts of the world? And is this the reason for the difference in rings?
NCTT Tumbler & Tippler club, Scotland??? Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: A size (7 mm inside diameter): 94 (red); 95 (green); 97 (brown); B size (8 mm inside diameter): 93 (gold); 97 (?); 01 (dark green); D size (10 mm i.d.): 95 (green). Is there a C size (9mm i..d?)
NFFRC North Florida Flying Roller Club, USA. We do not have rings from this club, but assume that they use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters.
NIRC National Ideal Roller Club, USA. (This club was mentioned in an article in the Aug. 75 edition of the APJ – p 593. This Club superceded the Ideal Roller club. Whether any of these two clubs issued bands with their initials on is not known at the time of writing – Jan. 2004)
NMRC New Mexico Roller Club? Received from Gerd Selter from Germany who said it is Norwegian? Rolled edged aluminum with embossed letters: 96 (green)
NPA ARC American Roller (Or Archangel) Club? (see ARC - without NPA). Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 89 (); 90 (); 91 (); 92 (); 93 (); 95 (); 96 (); 97 (); 98 (); 00;
NPA FTS Flying Tippler Society (see FTS – without NPA). Est. 1987. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 95 (bronze); 98 (gold); 99 (blue);
NPA KTC Komorner Tumbler Club, USA. This is a fancy pigeon club. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters. 80 (gold); 83 (plain); 85 (green); 88 (red); 89 (pink); 90 (green); 91 (purple); 92 (gold); 94 (red); 96 (green); 97 (purple); 98 (gold);
NPA MWP Unknown breed club from the USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 88 (red);
NPA NBT Unknown breed club ??? Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 88 (red); 90 (green);
NPA NRT Unknown – may be National Russian Tumbler Club: Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 91.
NPA PTC Pacific Tumbler Club, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters, 8mm inside diameter: 83 (plain); 89 (pink); 90 (green); 91 (purple); 92 (gold); 11 mm i.d.: 87 (gold); 91 (purple);
NPA UOR United Oriental Rollers, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 98.
NPA WEST ??? see also WOE UT ; WEST ; WEFT: Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters; 9,5 mm inside diameter: 95 (bronze); 01 (bronze);
NRC Northern Roller Club, England: Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: A size : 90 (purple); 91 (black); 93 (gold); 94 (red); 95 (green); 96 (purple); 97 (brown); 98 (blue); 99 (gold); 00 (red); 01 (green).
NRTC National Russian Tumbler Club, USA? Est. 1968. We have a specimen dated: 98;
NRTT Nottingham Roller, Tippler & Tumbler Club, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: B size – 8mm: 96 (purple); D size (10 mm): 92 (blue)
NTU National Tippler Union. Established on September 28, 1912 in Nottingham, England. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 62; 65; 66; 67; 69; 71; 71; 72; Smooth aluminum with embossed and engraved letters: 64. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 68 (plain); 74 (plain); 76 (red); 78 (green); 79 (orange); 80 (purple); 81 (gold); 88 (gold); 89 (purple); 89 (plain); 90 (orange); 91 (red); 95 (plain); 98 (blue); 99 (red); 00 (gold); 01 (blue). Plastic coated racing homer style with 7mm inside diameter: 86 (white)
NVC Nederlandse Vliegtippler Club. Rolled edge plain aluminum: 84. Plastic coated racing homer style: 94 (); 95 (); 96 (); 98 (); 99 (); 2000 ().
NYC New York Club, USA. rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 86 to 90; 99;
OFR Oregon Flying Rollers rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 76 (plain); 77 (red – painted?); 78 (plain);
OLRC Unknown ? rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 97 (purple);
ORC Unknown ? rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 74 (plain)
OTU Unknown rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 97 (purple);
PDRC Unknown, South African Roller club, smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 90.
PRC Pensom Roller Club, USA. The PRC issued 15000 bands in 1969 already. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 56; 58; 59; 68; 70 to 74; 96; 97;
RDBR Randfontein Birmingham Roller Club, South Africa. Smooth Aluminum with engraved letters: 87; 89 SP; 94.
SCRC South Carolina Roller Club, USA. rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters There was(is?) also a South California Roller Club – APJ, Oct. 1968, p400): 88; 92; 93;
SCRC Steel City Roller Club, Sheffield, England. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters?.
SEJ Unknown - rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 95 (blue); 96 (green);
SFRA Unknown rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 95 (gold);
SFRC Unknown rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 94 (green);
SPRC Sydney Performing Roller Club, Granville, NSW, Australia. Established 1989. They used IRA rings up until 1995: smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 96 (black); 97 (reddish brown); 98 (blue); 99 (purple); 00 (orange); 01 (green); 02 (black); 03 (reddish brown)
STBRK Standerton Birmingham Roller Klub, South Africa. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 84; 86 (or 98),
SWDRV Suid Westelike Distrikte Roller Vereniging, South Africa. Smooth aluminum rings with engraved letters: 86 (red).
TFRC Triad Flying Roller Club, USA.
TRA San Fernando Area Group, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 91 (red)
TVBC Unknown, rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 84; 86;
UORA United Oriental Roller Association, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters; 8mm inside diameter: 85 (purple); 88 (red); 89 (pink); 90 (green); 92 (gold); 93 (blue).
URC United Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters: 78
URDV Unknown, 7mm roller ??? 89;
USA United Spinners Association, USA. Rolled edge plain aluminum with embossed letters.
UTAH Utah State Roller Club - I was state in an article (APJ May 1978) that they changed to these initials in 1978 to avoid confusion with other roller clubs. We assume that the used URC previously and that the United Roller Club was most probably one of the other clubs they referred to. As we do not have any specimens from this club, we assume that they used rolled edge aluminum bands with embossed letters.
UTC United Tumbler Club : established 1948, USA. We do not have any rings from this club, but believe them to be rolled edge alloy with embossed letters.
VBRK-OVS Vrystaat Birmingham Roller Klub, South Africa. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 92.
VCN Vliegroller Club Nederland. This club used VCN for the years 1983 to 1987. During the period from 1988 to 1991 they used EFU rings and changed back to VCN rings in 1992. The first rings for the 1983 year were rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters, but they switched to plastic coated rings in 1984. Since the year 2000 they stopped using the initials and change to using the full names on the rings. The first 2 digits of number indicate the year. Plastic coated racing type: 97 (yellow); 98 (white); 99 (yellow).
VCRC Ventura County Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge aluminum with embossed letters: 92 (gold); 93 (blue); 94 (red); 95 (bronze); 96 (green);
VLIEGROLLER CLUB NEDERLAND see VCN. Plastic coated racing type: 00 (red); 01 (green); 02 (pink); 03 (yellow).
VPP Unknown (This may be an overstamped VP design) rolled edge with embossed letters:86 C (plain)
WBR Westelike Birmingham Roller klub? South Africa. Smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 83.
WEFT West of Englanf Flying Tumblers rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters: 53 (green); smooth aluminum with engraved letters: 76 (green); 78 (red) (9mm i.d. for both types) Is this a English club?
WEST West of England: rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters: 85 (plain); 92 (gold); 94 (red); From which country are these rings?
Wiener Vollblut-Hochflieger German Tippler Club plastic coated racing homer style: 88 (yellow);
WOEU West Of England Union; rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters, 9,5mm inside diameter: 97 (purple); 98 (gold);
WOE UT West of England, United Tumblers ??? ; rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters, 9,5mm inside diameter: 90 (green);
WORC Unknown rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters, 87 (orange);
WP Unknown ? rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters, 96 (green);
WRC Western Roller Club, USA. Rolled edge plain aluminum rings with embossed letters: 86; 88 to 96; 00; (There was (is?) also a Western Roller Club in South Africa. I have not seen their rings, but believe it will be smooth aluminum with engraved letters. E Stratford mentioned the following initials for this club: WRV = Westelike Roller Vereniging in an APJ article dated August 1975. It is not know what bands they used, nor if it had WRV or WRC on them.
WTC Western Tumbler Club established 1899, USA. We do not have rings from this club, but assume that they use(d) rolled edge aluminum rings with embossed letters.


Jan Lombard (South Africa) & Mario Corral (Australia)



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