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Title 13th KuK Jaeger badge
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1910

In my opinion, this is the badge of the 13th Jaeger regiment (see The Austrian Mountain Troops, published by Verlag Militaria). It would have been worn by the Landwehr troops of the Austrian army on the full dress parade hat with black grouse feathers during the Edwardian period and into WW1.

By 1911, there were already at least 21 of these regiments on the army list, according to this excellent book. The only slight mystery is that the numbers within the horn were normally in a silver finish to contrast with the gilt of the horn, but I have looked high and low in books on other European armies and drawn a blank, Belgium being the nearest possibility with its old imperial Austrian connections. The problem is compounded by the size of the badge (10 x 7cm). Also, there is a pin fitting on the back, which is somewhat unusual for these badges.

It is a die-struck gilt tombak badge. Its condition is excellent, apart from a couple of blemishes, possibly caused by the fitting of the pin's hook and hinge elements. Sadly, the central prong of the pin is missing.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Austrian : 20th Century]


Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Received the Porte-feu..nice piece!

B F, Ireland, 25.09.2007