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Title Rifle Association Cadre Eagle cap badge
Nationality Polish
Period c 1913

This die-struck tombak badge (3.5 x 2.5cm) could be an officer's one, on account of the extensive traces of silver plate remaining. The Rifle Association Cadre was formed by Jozef Pilsudski in 1913 to train future soldiers for an independent Poland. The S stands for rifle (Strzelecki).

It is very worn, with only perhaps 50% of the silver plate finish remaining on the face of the badge, and the attaching nut appears to have jammed on the reverse. It looks like a ground dug object, partially cleaned.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

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

[Militaria : Badges : Polish : 20th Century]


Just to let you know, the knot has arrived and is an awesome piece. It will make a great addition to the collection.

S V, USA, 05.08.2014

Pickers and chains arrived this morning and are great!

M T, UK, 15.08.2009