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Title 5th South African Mounted Rifles collar dog
Nationality British Empire
Period 1913

This little piece was the cap and collar badge for a unit formed from the Imperial Light Horse of 1899, reverting to its original title in 1932 and becoming an armoured unit in 1940. In WW1, the unit served in German SW Africa. The design consists of a Union flag crossed with the Royal Ensign and underneath the logo 'Imperium et Libertas'.

It would appear originally to have had lugs, which have been cut back and replaced with a pin fitting - obviously a collar dog/cap badge turned into a sweetheart brooch for the soldier's lady, or possibly worn as a veteran's pin after the war.

The badge (approximately 2.5cm high) is die-struck and it might be silver-plated over base metal, just plain white metal of some sort or even unhallmarked silver since there is a slightly bluey-brown patination (as of tarnish) to the reverse.

Its condition is quite good, with all the details on the flags in reasonably sharp relief.

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

[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 20th Century]


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Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011