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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 Surrey Yeomanry collar dog, officer's field service, bronze
- British
This badge is of die-struck gilding metal with a bronze finish (39mm high). It would have been worn on the khaki field tunic and there would have been a pair, one on either side of the collar.
£15.00
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militaria item Surrey Yeomanry cap badge, other ranks, 1911 pattern
- British
This is a die-struck badge in gilding metal (50mm high) and was the standard badge for the tail end of the pre-war period and during WW1. A similar example was struck in white metal.
£15.00
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militaria item Surrey Yeomanry collar dog, other ranks, 1911 pattern
- British
This is a die-struck gilding metal badge (41mm high), with minor distortion through age and use. A pair of these would have been worn, one on each side of the collar of the khaki tunic. This design replaced the earlier sword/coronet crest of Lord Middleton, who raised the regiment in 1901.
£15.00
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militaria item Surrey Yeomanry shoulder title, 2nd pattern
- British
This replaced the earlier 'IY' title, worn from the inception of the unit in 1901. The TA was formed in 1908 under the Cardwell reforms from the old yeomanry and volunteer infantry units of earlier days. The 'T&Y' section are cut from a single piece of gilding metal and brazed onto the rest.
£45.00
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militaria item Surrey Yeomanry cap badge in white metal
- British
This is the 1911 pattern cap badge in white metal. A similar badge was struck in gilding metal. This design replaced the earlier one of a sword seated on a coronet(Lord Middleton's crest). In a smaller form, the QMO version was also used as a collar dog.
£10.00
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militaria item Royal Marines Warrant Officer's sleeve badges
- British
Probably worn on the number two blue tunic of the RM, the smaller badge (just 6.25 cm across) was worn at the cuff of the sleeve, while the larger one (just over 8 cm across) was normally worn just below the left shoulder. The date could be anywhere from 1953 through to the mid-60s to judge by the quality of the bullion work.
£25.00
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militaria item Royal Marines bullion blazer badge
- British
This would have been (and still could be) worn on a civilian blazer along with flat gilt Royal Marines buttons - perhaps at veterans' reunions etc.
£15.00
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militaria item Royal Marines cotton blazer insignia
- British
This would have been (and still could be) worn on a civilian blazer along with flat gilt Royal Marines buttons - perhaps at veterans' reunions etc.
£3.00
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militaria item Royal Marine Light Infantry helmet plate, other ranks
- British
This badge was designed for the solar topee that the Royal Marines adopted in 1905 to replace the blue cloth helmet of the Victorian and early Edwardian era. The badge is still worn today on the Royal Marine Band headdress but with a Queen's crown and, I believe, in a staybrite format.
£40.00
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militaria item Army officer's badge
- Afghan
This is a Soviet inspired piece, with a typical Russian style wreath of ears of wheat, hence it must be of a fairly late date, perhaps 1980s somewhere. The pagoda device in the centre is the Afghan emblem.
£25.00
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