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Title 14th Jazlowiecki Uhlanen badge
Nationality Polish
Period c 1939-45

This is a Spinks of London badge for the 14th Polish Lancers. It would appear to be made in low grade silver or heavy duty silver plate as a replacement piece for the lost originals left behind in Poland when the Germans attacked in 1939. It has the date 1918 in relief for the foundation of the regiment and the initials JU also in relief.

This unit would had a distinguished record fighting the Reds when they invaded Poland in 1920 and no doubt fought with valour against the Germans in 1939 and again with the Polish army in exile under British colours in the remainder of WW2.

This is not a modern reproduction item, but a wartime replacement piece, made in England for the Free Polish Army. It measures just under 5 cm in diameter.

It appears to be a cast piece, possibly cast in two or three pieces (the rayed backing plate, the central cross and the Virtuti Valore emblem in the middle). The rather scruffy looking yellow backing appears to be original wool felt, as is the yellow 'plastic' backing plate. The nut would appear to be made of bronze with 'Spink & Son London' in relief. The condition of all the metalwork is excellent, with a few service/age scratches here and there.

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

[Militaria : Badges : Polish : 20th Century]


It got here this morning, presumably delayed by the holidays. It is perfect, indeed better than I was expecting.

G W, USA, 11.01.2012

Buckle arrived this morning. Better than expected. Many thanks.

M H, UK, 11.12.2007