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Title Ceylon Mounted Rifles martingale badge
Nationality British Empire
Period 1906-1938

The parent unit (Ceylon Light Infantry) was raised in the last quarter of the 19th century from planters, purely British European personnel, and served with distinction in the Boer War and later on in WW1 at Gallipoli. The Ceylon Mounted Infantry contingent then became Ceylon Mounted Rifles in 1906.

There is just a possiblity that this has come off a sabretache, or even a slouch hat, but the fittings seem more in keeping with a leather martingale. If the latter, it would originally have been mounted on a leather pad, which sat on the horse's chest as part of the horse harness.The regiment was disbanded in 1938.

The condition is excellent, with a brass trade label on the back for Hobson & Sons, 1,3 & 5 Lexington Street, London W. It is a die-struck badge of white metal, with three brass blades brazed to the reverse and the Prince of Wales feathers pinned and soldered as a separate device to the centre of the badge.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 20th.c.]


The tropical belt and buckle turned up on time and I am very happy with it and it has been a pleasure doing business with you.

D F, UK, 16.03.2016

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D D, Canada, 11.11.2009