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Title 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards cap badge
Nationality British
Period c 1914-22

This regiment has an ancient lineage: originally raised as the 6th Horse (Arran's Cuirassiers), then the 5th Horse, then the 1st or 'Blue' Irish Horse, and lastly the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards. They were amalgamated in 1922 with the 7th Dragoon Guards to form the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, from 1936 adopting the title Royal.

A Royal Warrant of 1751 gave the badge on the appointments of the regiment as '1 H' for the 1st Irish Horse. The present title dates from 1788.

The condition is excellent. Note the two blow holes on the reverse. This is always a good indication of a period badge of bi-metal construction, as blow holes were usually necessary to allow the hot air from the brazing technique to escape, otherwise the badge would be distorted through heat. This was no longer necessary with badges from the WW2 era onwards as silver soldering was used increasingly to replace brazing.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 20th Century]


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

Many thanks, badge was awaiting my return today. Pleasure dealing with you again. I'll be back again.

P B, UK, 20.02.2008