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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 German-Austrian lapel badge
- German
This medal commemorates the summer of 1914, when Austria and Germany went to war against the world. It measures 17mm across. Beneath the image of the two emperors, Kaiser Bill and Kaiser Franz-Josef, there is the inscription 'viribus-unitis [with combined forces] // 1914'. Viribus-unitis was also the name of the famous Austrian battleship.
£15.00
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militaria item German-Austrian lapel badge
- German
This medal commemorates the summer of 1914, when Austria and Germany went to war against the world. It measures 26mm across. Beneath the image of the two emperors, Kaiser Bill and Kaiser Franz-Josef, there is the inscription 'viribus-unitis [with combined forces] // 1914'. Viribus-unitis was also the name of the famous Austrian battleship.
£15.00
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militaria item German-Austrian lapel badge
- German
This medal commemorates the summer of 1914, when Austria and Germany went to war against the world. It measures 25mm across. Beneath the image of the two emperors, Kaiser Bill and Kaiser Franz-Josef, there is the inscription 'viribus-unitis [with combined forces] // 1914'. Viribus-unitis was also the name of the famous Austrian battleship.
£15.00
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militaria item East Lancashire Regiment officer's dress cap badge
- British
This design, introduced in 1896, mirrors the issue badge, but in a silver as opposed to white brass finish. The crown is the king's pattern, hence the dating, although these officer's badges were produced up to 1940 or so.
£25.00
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militaria item 9th International Railway Congress lapel badge
- Italian
This nicely made enamelled badge would have been given to all the railway personnel attending the congress which was held in Rome in April 1922. It is almost certainly of die-struck silver (unmarked). The central motif is a splendid eagle with the coat of arms of the house of Savoy on its breast in white and red enamel.
£25.00
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militaria item KuK badge for the heroes of Bukowiner
- Austrian
These were distributed in Austria to raise money for the widows and orphans of those who fell at the Battle of Bukowiner in 1916. The central figure is a nurse. There is a Viennese maker's mark on the reverse.
£15.00
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militaria item KuK 95th Regiment, Widows & Orphans Fund badge
- Austrian
This is a pot metal badge, maker marked on the reverse 'Gurschner Wien VII/2'. It is a nicely patinated example of the widows and orphans fund school of badges, clearly marked to the 95th regiment and dated 1916.
£15.00
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militaria item Welsh harpist's badge, unmarked silver
- British
This interesting badge is a lost wax casting which has had the strings of the harp and the Welsh motto ('RHYDD-DID SADWEDD CYFF.LLGARWCH') engraved. The style of construction would suggest some royal appointment, as the use of the royal crown (in this case the shape is Hanoverian) was fairly carefully guarded at this period.
£250.00
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militaria item Helmet plate
- Italian
This is perhaps a commemorative device, possibly indicating an award of some sort, which could have been placed on the Adrian helmet that the Italians wore in WW1. It was a direct copy of the French helmet. I think it is Italian because of the crown and the general design has a marked Italian feel.
£30.00
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militaria item SS Fordende Mittglieder lapel pin
- German
This is the 'contributing members' pin awarded to financial supporters of the SS. The translation of the German is: 'Thanks of the SS for loyalty // help in the time of struggle'. It is nicely stamped with RZM and some issue numbers on the reverse, as well as 'GES.GESCH.' (for patent pending).
£200.00
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