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This field covers, in the main, headdress badges of many different parts of the world, but also includes cross-belt plates, etc. An interesting example is the parallel existence of regimental badges for the British and Austrian armies, fighting on opposing sides in WW1, something unique to these two countries. Good reference books include: Kipling & King's two volumes on headdress badges of the British Army; John Gaylor's book on cap badges of the British Army; Ashok Nath's book, Izzat: Historical Records and Iconography of Indian Cavalry Regiments 1750-2007 (published 2009 by the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research United Service Institution of India), a superb rendering of this extremely complex subject, beautifully illustrated. Ashok Nath's website is at: http://sites.google.com/site/anath53/home

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militaria item 1st Lancashire Volunteer Battalion Home Service helmet plate
- English
This OR's helmet plate would have been worn on the cork bodied blue cloth helmet, with white metal fittings, spike and chin chain, that was adopted by the British Army in 1871 under the influence of the Prussian victory over France in 1871.
£195.00
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militaria item Royal Engineers Home Service and Foreign Service helmet plate
- British
This is the OR's badge for both the blue cloth spiked helmet that was introduced into the British Army in 1871, as well as the white Foreign Service version, and then only underwent a change of crown in 1902 on the death of Queen Victoria, being worn with the dress uniform right up until 1914.
£80.00
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militaria item Suffolk (12th Foot) pagri badge, other ranks
- English
This relatively uncommon badge was designed to be worn on the white helmet in tropical climes and replaced the numbered glengarry badge oif the pre-1881 era. There was an officer's version in silver. The Gibraltar battle honour commemorates the 12th Foot's part in that epic defence in the 1780s.
£80.00
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militaria item 14th Middlesex plate for 1871 pattern Home Service helmet
- British
This OR's example was worn on the Home Service pattern helmet from about 1880 to 1908. The unit was raised primarily from members of the legal profession as the 23rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers in 1860, changing its number to 14th in 1880 and joining the Rifle Brigade in 1881 as one of its allotted volunteer battalions.
£200.00
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militaria item 17th Foot glengarry badge, OR's
- British
This is a period example of a 17th Foot (Leicestershire Regiment) - the lugs are in the classic North/South position that one would expect to find on originals. The regiment's nick name 'The Tigers' stems from their extensive service in India in the 18th and 19th centuries. For reference, this can be found as no 446 in Kipling & King.
£95.00
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militaria item 5th battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders) glengarry badge
- Scottish
This is the OR's glengarry badge of the 5th Battalion. It was worn, with a Queen's crown, from 1887-1901, when the imperial crown (as chosen by Edward VII) replaced Queen Victoria's crown.
£75.00
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militaria item 53rd Foot glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's re-strike)
- British
The original badges were in service 1874-1881. Mr Fox's re-strikes were produced from original dies c 1889-1902 to satisfy the demand of collectors at that time, and were quite faithful to the originals, except for the placing of the lugs at the middle, rather than North/South as on the originals.
£30.00
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militaria item 7th Foot, Royal Fusiliers glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's re-strike)
- British
This is the smallest type of badge for the 7th Foot - almost certainly one of Mr Fox's re-strikes. It is, as far as the obverse is concerned, good and a near contemporary example, while the reverse is slightly fuzzy. It is priced accordingly.
£30.00
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militaria item 16th Foot glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's restrike)
- British
This design was worn by the 16th Foot (Bedfordshire Regiment) from 1874-1881.This example is probably a near contemporary re-strike, marketed by a Mr Fox of Southsea from the original dies c 1889-1902, an indicator of this being that the lugs are set on the middle of the badge, as opposed to North/South as on the originals.
£30.00
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militaria item Royal Scots Fusiliers glengarry badge, OR's
- Scottish
This replaced the previous numbered example worn on the glengarry cap. A slightly larger version was worn on the racoon skin cap for dress and on the foreign service helmet.
£20.00
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