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Title Customs badge
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1902-53
Price £35.00

This little badge (7.5cm across) may be of Indian parentage, inasmuch as its provenance is Indian and it appears to be a one-peice bazaar casting in brass. I think it would have been worn on the top pocket of a tunic, as it appears to be too large to have been worn as a shoulder title.

The crown is a king's crown, which dates the piece as somewhere between Edward VII's coronation and the death of George VII.

It only retains one of its two original lugs on the reverse and the crown would appear to have been cast from a major's rank crown, with the evidence of the lugs cut off on the reverse.

Its condition is commensurate with its age and service. Altogether an unusual find. I have never seen one of these before and would happily listen to any opinions from those more knowledgeable than myself on this arcane subject.

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

[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 20th Century]


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