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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]


I received the medals safely yesterday and I am very pleased with them.

S W, UK, 02.09.2010

Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010