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Title Royal Marine Light Infantry helmet plate, other ranks
Nationality British
Period 1902-05

This is perhaps the rarest of the king's crown other ranks helmet plates for the Home Service pattern helmet of 1871. This was worn by Royal Marine Light Infantry, hence the bugle under the anchor at the base of the badge. The RMLI had a great pedigree, stretching back several centuries, originating as line regiments serving on ships.

It has the single honour Gibraltar under the crown and the logo 'Per mare per terram', the motto of the Royal Marines, on a circlet around an image of the globe.

It is a die-struck gilding metal badge (just over 10.5 cm wide) with two copper lugs brazed on the reverse. There is some damage at the base of the badge, where two or three points of the background star have been broken off. Otherwise the condition is excellent for its age.

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

[Militaria : Badges : British : 20th Century]


Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005

The bayonet arrived safe and sound this morning. It is absolutely magnificent. I am thrilled to bits with it. Thanks for all the interest you have shown.

My very best wishes, and thank you, very sincerely, once again.

L L, UK, 08.06.2005