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This field covers uniforms, headdress and badges from the 18th century through to Third Reich items from the 20th century. Much of this material can be seen in context in contemporary prints/drawings and other art work, eg bronzes and photographs. I keep a very sharp eye out for, and a photographic record of, all the particularly convincing Third Reich fakes that come my way. Good reference books include: The Emperor's Coat by Rest, Ortner & Ilming (Verlag Militaria) on Austro-Hungarian militaria, Great War period; Shoulder-belt plates and buttons by Parkyn on British militaria; two volumes by King on British military headdress badges. The National Army Museum (Royal Hospital Road, London SW3) has an excellent bookshop and display covering the British side of this great subject.

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militaria item 1st Lancashire Volunteer Battalion Home Service helmet plate
- English
This OR's helmet plate would have been worn on the cork bodied blue cloth helmet, with white metal fittings, spike and chin chain, that was adopted by the British Army in 1871 under the influence of the Prussian victory over France in 1871.
£195.00
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militaria item Royal Engineers Home Service and Foreign Service helmet plate
- British
This is the OR's badge for both the blue cloth spiked helmet that was introduced into the British Army in 1871, as well as the white Foreign Service version, and then only underwent a change of crown in 1902 on the death of Queen Victoria, being worn with the dress uniform right up until 1914.
£80.00
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militaria item Suffolk (12th Foot) pagri badge, other ranks
- English
This relatively uncommon badge was designed to be worn on the white helmet in tropical climes and replaced the numbered glengarry badge oif the pre-1881 era. There was an officer's version in silver. The Gibraltar battle honour commemorates the 12th Foot's part in that epic defence in the 1780s.
£80.00
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militaria item 14th Middlesex plate for 1871 pattern Home Service helmet
- British
This OR's example was worn on the Home Service pattern helmet from about 1880 to 1908. The unit was raised primarily from members of the legal profession as the 23rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers in 1860, changing its number to 14th in 1880 and joining the Rifle Brigade in 1881 as one of its allotted volunteer battalions.
£200.00
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militaria item 17th Foot glengarry badge, OR's
- British
This is a period example of a 17th Foot (Leicestershire Regiment) - the lugs are in the classic North/South position that one would expect to find on originals. The regiment's nick name 'The Tigers' stems from their extensive service in India in the 18th and 19th centuries. For reference, this can be found as no 446 in Kipling & King.
£95.00
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militaria item 5th battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders) glengarry badge
- Scottish
This is the OR's glengarry badge of the 5th Battalion. It was worn, with a Queen's crown, from 1887-1901, when the imperial crown (as chosen by Edward VII) replaced Queen Victoria's crown.
£75.00
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militaria item 53rd Foot glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's re-strike)
- British
The original badges were in service 1874-1881. Mr Fox's re-strikes were produced from original dies c 1889-1902 to satisfy the demand of collectors at that time, and were quite faithful to the originals, except for the placing of the lugs at the middle, rather than North/South as on the originals.
£30.00
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militaria item 7th Foot, Royal Fusiliers glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's re-strike)
- British
This is the smallest type of badge for the 7th Foot - almost certainly one of Mr Fox's re-strikes. It is, as far as the obverse is concerned, good and a near contemporary example, while the reverse is slightly fuzzy. It is priced accordingly.
£30.00
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militaria item 16th Foot glengarry badge, OR's (Fox's restrike)
- British
This design was worn by the 16th Foot (Bedfordshire Regiment) from 1874-1881.This example is probably a near contemporary re-strike, marketed by a Mr Fox of Southsea from the original dies c 1889-1902, an indicator of this being that the lugs are set on the middle of the badge, as opposed to North/South as on the originals.
£30.00
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militaria item Royal Scots Fusiliers glengarry badge, OR's
- Scottish
This replaced the previous numbered example worn on the glengarry cap. A slightly larger version was worn on the racoon skin cap for dress and on the foreign service helmet.
£20.00
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