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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 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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militaria item British Indian police pouch belt ornament
- British Empire
This is the badge which was worn on the pouch belt by the officers of the British Indian police. The police was divided into two components in India: the paramilitary police battalions who served on the frontiers (viz Burma and NWF) and the local police, who kept order in the cities and towns of India.
£60.00
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militaria item 4th Hussars undress pouch badge
- British
This is a bazaar casting of the badge of what could possibly be from a bandsman's pouch or perhaps an officer's undress pouch belt. The 4th Hussars were a prestigious British light cavalry regiment and no doubt this badge was cast in the bazaar to replace a British original which had been lost.
£45.00
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militaria item Customs badge
- British Empire
This little badge (7.5cm across) may be of Indian parentage, inasmuch as its provenance is Indian and it appears to be a one-peice bazaar casting in brass. I think it would have been worn on the top pocket of a tunic, as it appears to be too large to have been worn as a shoulder title.
£35.00
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militaria item Duke of Atholl's clan badge
- Scottish
The Duke of Atholl was the only man in Britain allowed to raise a private army, so this might well be for his unit. However, other members of his clan/family would have been entitled to wear this.
£30.00
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