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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 Baden Landwehr pickelhaube plate
- German
This would have been mounted on the last pattern pickelhaube as worn in WW1. The original pickelhaube was introduced into the Prussian army in 1848 and was successively modified right through 1914 and beyond, the height of the helmet being repeatedly reduced. In 1871, Baden army units were absorbed into the German army.
£120.00
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militaria item Foot artillery shako plate, 1st regiment, other ranks
- French
This would have been worn on a variety of shakos, the earlier ones being the bell top type, replaced around 1845 by several types with progressively lower crowns. The 1st regiment, La Fere, raised in 1720, was the oldest foot artillery unit of France and the one into which Napoleon Bonaparte was first commissioned in 1785.
£75.00
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militaria item Prussian pickelhaube plate, model 1895
- German
This would have been mounted on the last pattern pickelhaube as worn in WW1. The original pickelhaube was introduced into the Prussian army in 1848 and was successively modified right through 1914 and beyond, the height of the helmet being repeatedly reduced.
£50.00
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militaria item 17th Brunswick Hussars Totenkopf, undress cap
- German
The other regiments that wore this insignia were the 1st and 2nd Life Guard Hussars of Prussia. Brunswick was the only minor state which had the privilege of wearing it. The regiment wore a similar but larger badge at Waterloo, where they fought with great distinction. It is just under 5 mm. tall.
£50.00
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militaria item Oldenburg infantry helmet plate
- German
This was worn by the 91st Line Regiment after its absorption in 1868 into the Prussian infantry, formerly having been the Duke of Oldenburg's infantry regiment. This was a two-battalion unit and the only infantry that Oldenburg possessed. This plate was worn right up until 1918, also in a pressed tin format.
£275.00
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militaria item Zhob Levy Corps pouch badge, hallmarked silver
- British Empire
After the annexation of the Zhob District in Baluchistan (1889), the Zhob Levy Corps was raised and came under the control of an English officer (Major), who would have been posted as a Political Officer, not as their commandant (Political Officers were the forerunners of what later became the Indian Political Service).
£190.00
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militaria item Baden pickelhaube plate
- German
This would have been mounted on the last pattern pickelhaube as worn in WW1. The original pickelhaube was introduced into the Prussian army in 1848 and was successively modified right through 1914 and beyond, the height of the helmet being repeatedly reduced. In 1871, Baden army units were absorbed into the German army.
£95.00
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militaria item Prussian pickelhaube plate, model 1895
- German
This would have been mounted on the last pattern pickelhaube as worn in WW1. The original pickelhaube was introduced into the Prussian army in 1848 and was successively modified right through 1914 and beyond, the height of the helmet being repeatedly reduced.
£45.00
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militaria item Foot Guards gorget, 1801 pattern
- British
Regarding the regiment, the Grenadiers had a very specific gorget with multiple pierce work on both wings, the Scots Guards normally had '3rd Guards' engraved on both sides at the tips, therefore, by elimination, this is almost certainly a Coldstream Guards example. The Dighton watercolours of the period appear to confirm this.
£700.00
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militaria item 1st Bombay Light Cavalry sabretache badge
- British Empire
These silver-coloured ornaments would have decorated a black patent leather sabretache of an officer of the Ist Bombay Light Cavalry. The 1st BLC served with great distinction at Ghuznee, in the Afghan campaign, at Mooltan, Goojerat and Central India (in the Mutiny). The badge was worn until c 1880 when sabretaches were discarded.
£500.00
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