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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 4th Bombay Rifles cross belt plate, hallmarked silver
- British Empire
This fine silver badge (Birmingham hallmarked and maker marked for Hobson & Sons of Lexington Street, London W) was made for an Indian Rifle regiment with a most distinguished pedigree. Raised in 1775, in 1889 it became the 4th Regiment Bombay Infantry, in 1903 becoming the 104th Wellesley's Rifles.
£350.00
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militaria item Jamaica Militia shoulder belt plate, other ranks
- British Empire
This is an other ranks shoulder belt plate of the Regency era. The Jamaica Militia of 1662 was the immediate successor to Oliver Cromwell's troops which had taken Jamaica from the Spaniards seven years earlier. In 1694, the French landed a force of over 1,400 men and were repulsed by some 250 militiamen.
£450.00
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militaria item Shako plate
- German
This is a mystery helmet plate, apart from the fact that it is German and in the typical ersatz grey metal of the mid to late war years. It is of die-struck two-piece construction: a Prussian Guard star of the type used on shakos, the eagle and motto centre of which has been cut out, with a crown covering the hole made by this excision.
£75.00
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militaria item 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps helmet plate
- Scottish
This plate dates to 1880 when the various Corps of Fifeshire RV were consolidated as the 1st Fifeshire RV, with HQ at St. Andrews. It would have been worn on the OR's pattern blue cloth home service pattern helmet. The unit became 6th (Fifeshire) Volunteer Battalion of the Black Watch in 1887 and 7th (Territorial) Battalion Black Watch in 1908.
£195.00
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militaria item Patriotic lapel pin
- Hungarian
This was a fund raiser for a Hungarian war bond issue in WW1. It is 23mm high and has an inscription (in Hungarian) in raised lettering on the reverse. It comes with the original jeweller's card (which has Hungarian or German handwriting in pencil on the reverse). The enamel is of high quality on a gilding metal base.
£30.00
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militaria item Royal Engineer officer's dress cap badge, gold bullion
- British
This (59mm high) was worn on the dress field cap and the blue forage cap by all RE officers up to the present day. The field is blue melton cloth with the bomb in gold bullion, the title picked out in bullion on a medium blue silk ground.
£35.00
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militaria item 48th Cavalry (Indian Army) cap badge, white metal
- British Empire
This was an armoured unit of the Indian Army, which was raised as a wartime expedient in 1941 at Lahore from a nucleus of officers and men provided by the 19th KJO Lancers. It was disbanded in early 1944, the men reverting to their former unit. This badge was the white metal version worn by other ranks. The officers' version lacked the tank.
£60.00
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militaria item 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers cap badge
- British Empire
This regiment's other title was Watson's Horse. In 1947, on Partition, it transferred to the Pakistan Army as the 6th Lancers. A Captain Michael Allmand of this regiment won a posthumous VC for gallantry in northern Burma in 1944.
£30.00
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militaria item Probyn's Horse belt plate centre, white metal
- British Empire
This would have been worn until the amalgamation of Probyn's Horse with the 12th Cavalry in 1922. It would appear to be an other ranks example and was worn on a rectangular white metal plate. Probyn's Horse became King Edward's Own Lancers in 1906, having sported the Prince of Wales title since 1876.
£30.00
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militaria item 1914-18 Surrey Yeomanry shoulder title
- British
This is the classic war time badge, worn on both shoulders by the troopers and NCOs of the SY. It was probably worn after the 1922 amalgamation with the Sussex Yeomanry until the introduction of cloth titles in WW2. Surprisingly, it is rather harder to find than the cap badge.
£20.00
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