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Title 6th Dragoon Guards back pouch badge
Nationality British
Period c 1815

The regiment was raised as the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) in 1788 and served with that title until 1920, when they were amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards. The badge is typical of the ornaments worn on the black leather undress back pouch in the Regency period.

The origins of this type of badge for the cavalry back pouch may have lain in the ad hoc usage of martingale or bit boss badges. However, all the evidence, particularly the screw thread set-up on the reverse (see below), suggests that this badge was utilised as a back pouch (rather than a horse furniture) ornament.

This fine badge (3.25 cm wide x 6.66 cm long) is a good quality lost-wax casting, retaining much of its original gilt finish. On the reverse there is evidence of original copper prongs being fitted with lead solder, now removed and replaced by hand cut screw threads, fitted with nuts to accommodate a leather thickness of approximately 5mm.

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[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th 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

Bayonets arrived safe today. Nice bayonets. Thanks for the good and fast delivery.

M G, Germany, 19.09.2007