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Title Ville de Virton Sapeurs Pompiers helmet plate badge
Nationality Belgian
Period 19th century

This die-struck gilding metal badge (11.5 x 10.5cm) is the badge for the high combed fire brigade helmet, typical of most of northern Europe in the 19th century. The central feature is the Belgian lion surrounded by flags.

The badge appears to be an incomplete piece, insomuch as it has never been fitted with lugs on the reverse and is in flattened form. It may well be a Gaunt's product, on account of Britain's close connections with Belgium through Queen Victoria's father-in-law, who was its king in the mid-19th century.

Three of the ponts on the flags are missing and there is a tiny patch of verdigris on the edge of one of the flags. There are various stress cracks, in particular a half-inch split behind the lion's neck. These can only really be seen when held against a strong light.

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 : Belgian : 19th Century]


The package arrived today, and the two items are nice. The Mother Cross actually looks a lot better in person than in the pics.

K P, Spain, 20.06.2017

Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010