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Title Martingale badge
Nationality Unknown
Period c 1870
Price £30.00

This badge could be French or Dutch/Boer, because of the design, but there's an outside chance that it could be a US piece from the Civil War. These badges were worn on the breast of the horse in an arrangement which helped keep the saddle in place. The crossed cannons and the flaming bomb denote artillery usage.

It would appear to be a die-struck piece and measures 6.5cm across the back, constucted from some sort of gilding metal. There are three sets of brass prongs on the reverse for attaching to a leather backing.

Its condition is excellent.

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 : Unknown : 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

It is here! Very nice piece! That is a wonderful birthday present for my new life.

M G, Germany, 29.02.2008