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Title 6th Dragoon Guards back pouch badge
Nationality British
Period c 1815

The regiment was raised as the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) in 1788 and served with that title until 1920, when they were amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards. The badge is typical of the ornaments worn on the black leather undress back pouch in the Regency period.

The origins of this type of badge for the cavalry back pouch may have lain in the ad hoc usage of martingale or bit boss badges. However, all the evidence, particularly the screw thread set-up on the reverse (see below), suggests that this badge was utilised as a back pouch (rather than a horse furniture) ornament.

This fine badge (3.25 cm wide x 6.66 cm long) is a good quality lost-wax casting, retaining much of its original gilt finish. On the reverse there is evidence of original copper prongs being fitted with lead solder, now removed and replaced by hand cut screw threads, fitted with nuts to accommodate a leather thickness of approximately 5mm.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


Cutlass received today all in good order.

It is a fine addition to my collection.

Thank you for the fast and friendly service.

D L, UK, 17.03.2012

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011