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Title Connaught Rangers glengarry badge
Nationality British
Period 1881-1896

In 1881, the 88th and the 94th Foot were algamated to form the CRs. This badge (of gilding metal) replaced the old numbered ones (brass). In 1896, this was replaced in its turn by the smaller pattern badge without the wreath. It is essentially the helmet plate centre with a Victorian crown popped on top, die-struck in one piece.

The condition is excellent for its age, the old metal polish could easily be cleaned off, should this be desired.

Gilding metal was used increasingly as the 19th century drew to a close, because a much sharper image could be struck from thinner metal, thus cheapening the production process and also gilding metal was a more useful base where any gilding was required. The composition has more copper in it, brass having a higher proportion of zinc, hence the difference in colour.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


The sword arrived safely and I am extremely pleased with the purchase.

B T, Canada, 05.12.2011

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

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