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Title 86th Royal County Down glengarry badge
Nationality British
Period c 1874-81

In 1881, the 86th RCD became 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Rifles. These badges replaced the county militia titles worn formerly on the Pork Pie hat of the post-Crimea period. The glengarry cap, which replacecd the Pork Pie hat, looks like an American overseas cap, but with the addition of two silk tails at the rear and a pom pom on the top.

This badge started life as plain brass, had its lugs removed at some point and was given a silver-plated finish, much of which has worn off. The silvering perhaps indicates conversion by an NCO or an officer to make a smarter looking badge. It also now has a conventional hinge pin fitting on the back. However, it is still a rare badge and priced accordingly.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


Just letting you know that the whistle arrived here this morning safe and sound. Your excellent packaging was still totally intact and it took me all of five minutes to break into it to see my purchase. I am very pleased, it is a great whistle.

R C, Australia, 21.12.2012

I got the helmet yesterday. It's a great piece.

L L, USA, 21.04.2009