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This field covers, in the main, headdress badges of many different parts of the world, but also includes cross-belt plates, etc. An interesting example is the parallel existence of regimental badges for the British and Austrian armies, fighting on opposing sides in WW1, something unique to these two countries. Good reference books include: Kipling & King's two volumes on headdress badges of the British Army; John Gaylor's book on cap badges of the British Army; Ashok Nath's book, Izzat: Historical Records and Iconography of Indian Cavalry Regiments 1750-2007 (published 2009 by the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research United Service Institution of India), a superb rendering of this extremely complex subject, beautifully illustrated. Ashok Nath's website is at: http://sites.google.com/site/anath53/home

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militaria item Pair of 16th Light Cavalry trial pattern collar dogs
- British Empire
This pair of unhallmarked silver collar dogs was produced as a trial pattern (ie a pattern that was never introduced into service, so rare) somewhere between 1922 and the end of the Indian Empire in 1948.
£75.00
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militaria item 8th Liverpool Scottish Rifle Volunteers glengarry badge
- British
This unit was raised in Liverpool from the Scots population as a volunteer battalion at the end of the Boer War, in which they saw limited service. On the reorganisation of the Volunteer Force in 1908, they were renumbered as the 10th Liverpool Scottish battalion as part of the newly formed Territorial Army.
£60.00
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militaria item 9th Lancers (Hodson's Horse) collar dog/cap badge
- British Empire
This silver badge has London hallmarks for 1916. There is also a maker's logo on the reverse. The design was used 1903-22. It was worn by officers both as a collar dog (on mess kit) and also on the side cap. The regiment was named after its first colonel, who was killed in the Indian Mutiny inadvisedly clearing a house of its occupants.
£60.00
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militaria item 1st King Edward's Horse cap badge
- British
This badge is an anomaly on two counts: the Latin motto is misspelt ('ausumus' instead of 'adsumas'); it is in white metal when, according to the regulations, it should be in gilding metal! In the form seen here, the badge dates from 1911 when George V commemorated the death of his father Edward VII with the title 'King Edward's Horse'.
£50.00
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militaria item Skinner's Horse bi-metal cap badge/collar dog, officer's
- British Empire
This badge (3.2 cm tall) served as both an officer's collar dog for mess kit or a side cap badge from 1935-1951. This is the last design worn by this distinguished regiment at the end of the Empire in India. Skinner's Horse's nickname was the Yellow Boys, after the colour of their tunic. They were one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army.
£50.00
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militaria item 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse) cap badge/collar dog
- British Empire
This badge (3.3 cm tall and marked J R Gaunt London on the reverse) served as both an officer's collar dog for mess kit or a side cap badge from 1935-1951. The regiment was named after its first colonel.
£50.00
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militaria item King's Own Scots Borderers glengarry badge
- Scottish
The design of this badge derives from the centrepiece for the Home Service helmet plate of 1881 (ie after the numbered centrepieces had been replaced). The badge was modified in 1902, with a king's crown replacing the queen's, which helpfully dates this piece.
£35.00
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militaria item Royal Guernsey Light Infantry cap badge
- British
This measures nearly 4 cm across and is in die-struck gilding metal. A larger badge with the arms of Guernsey was in use from 1939, bearing the title 'Guernsey Mlilitia'. In 1947 none of the Channel Islands units were revived, in other words they were disbanded.
£25.00
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militaria item 7th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles cap badge
- Canadian
This die-stuck, patinated bronze badge is dated 1915 on the reverse with a maker's logo. The regiment was recruited in Southern Ontario and perpetuated in the Governor General's Horse Guards. This is an other ranks badge.
£25.00
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militaria item Lancastrian Brigade officer's cap badge
- British
The Lancastrian Brigade was an amalgamation of various different units, mainly from the Midlands and the North, who were in turn reorganised in 1970, following the pattern of armed forces reductions and amalgamations over the years. This badge is stamped J R Gaunt London on the back.
£20.00
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