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Title Ceylon Mounted Rifles martingale badge
Nationality British Empire
Period 1906-1938
Price £75.00

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.]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

Safely received in post today, and pleased with the items.

Thank-you for easy transaction and prompt despatch.

P M, UK, 19.04.2012