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militaria item Gloucestershire Regiment cap badge, 1896 pattern
- British
This commemorates the service of the Gloucestershire Regiment in Egypt in 1801, unique in the annals of the British Army, inasmuch as they are the only regiment to wear the back badge commemorating the moment when the rear file of the regiment was ordered to turn around and fire at the French who were attempting to take them from behind.
£20.00
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militaria item Royal Engineers horseshoe sweetheart brooch, George VI
- British
The Royal Engineers were responsible for bridge/road building, mine fields, their laying and clearance, etc. These brooches would have been worn by women on their handbags and lapels to commemorate the service of their men in the field, a tradition which started in the Boer War.
£5.00
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militaria item Dublin High Court official's cap/collar badge
- British
This is a particularly fine die-struck gilt badge (4 x 4.5cm), possibly fire gilt (as opposed to electro-gilt), with the coat of arms of Dubin in the centre, backed by the sword and scales of justice and a civic mace, topped by the burgher's crown. A court official (eg the Tipstaff of the Court) would have worn this.
£150.00
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militaria item VR lapel pin in pinchbeck
- British
This could be a commemorative piece for any of the late Victorian Jubilee celebrations. Alternatively, it is just possibly an ordinary patriotic piece with no particular date. Her long reign spanned from 1837-1901, but my guess is that this was definitely made towards the latter end of it.
£25.00
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militaria item Queen's Westminster Rifle Volunteers helmet plate
- British
This was worn on the Home Service helmet, constructed from cork, and, in this case, covered with grey cloth. The crowned portcullis device in the centre is from the arms of the City of Westminster. The QWR, founded in 1860, served with great distinction all through the 20th century's wars.
£100.00
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militaria item 1st Middlesex (Metropolitan) Light Horse officer's undress sabretache badge
- British
Mr D J Knight has kindly enlightened me about this badge (which might also be an other ranks pouch badge, though I think it is too big)! The company was raised in 1861 and disbanded in 1866. The dress version has a similar design in embroidery. This badge measures 4 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches.
£100.00
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militaria item 6th Dragoon Guards back pouch badge
- British
The regiment was raised as the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) in 1788 and served with that title until 1920, when they were amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards. The badge is typical of the ornaments worn on the black leather undress back pouch in the Regency period.
£140.00
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militaria item Aldershot Football Association blazer badge
- British
This cloth badge (8.5 x 11 cms) is quite uncommon, as far as football memorabilia goes, and almost qualifies as militaria by virtue of Aldershot being such a big army base. It appears to be mainly of wool with the embroidery in silk.
£135.00
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militaria item 5th Dragoon Guards QVC collar dog
- British
This is one of a pair of badges that would have been worn on the collar of both the full dress uniform and the blue walking out uniform of the regiment. The horse of Hanover indicates the ancient lineage of the regiment. It is in bi-metal, ie gilding metal with a white metal centre. As per usual, there are lugs to the reverse.
£15.00
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militaria item Royal Irish Fusiliers other ranks' busby bomb
- British
In 1881 the 87th Prince of Wales Own Royal Irish Fusiliers and the 89th (the Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot were amalgamated to form the RIF. The eagle commemorates the capture of the eagle of the 8th French Regiment by the 87th at the battle of Barrosa in 1811.
£40.00
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