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Title 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards cap badge
Nationality British
Period c 1914-22

This regiment has an ancient lineage: originally raised as the 6th Horse (Arran's Cuirassiers), then the 5th Horse, then the 1st or 'Blue' Irish Horse, and lastly the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards. They were amalgamated in 1922 with the 7th Dragoon Guards to form the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, from 1936 adopting the title Royal.

A Royal Warrant of 1751 gave the badge on the appointments of the regiment as '1 H' for the 1st Irish Horse. The present title dates from 1788.

The condition is excellent. Note the two blow holes on the reverse. This is always a good indication of a period badge of bi-metal construction, as blow holes were usually necessary to allow the hot air from the brazing technique to escape, otherwise the badge would be distorted through heat. This was no longer necessary with badges from the WW2 era onwards as silver soldering was used increasingly to replace brazing.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 20th Century]


Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005