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How to I.D. WW1 British Cap Badges


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#1 dpast32

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 01:52 PM

Hello Guys, It's been a really long time since I've dealt with WW1 era British Cap Badges, & could truly use a bit of advice as to determine an early war example, as opposed to a late war version. Such as in; Why are some silver colored, with brass attaching 'slider' on the reverse, OR an example that's all brass construction ? ANY comments & or advice will be very much appreciated. THANKS

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#2 captainofthe7th

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:14 PM

I'd like to piggy back on this as my knowledge of these is very limited to 'King's Crown' or 'Queen's Crown' and it takes a lot of searching online to find an example that matches what I might have.

 

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:12 AM

Post a picture and I may be able to help

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:16 AM

Some are officer’s hat badges, some are mistaken for hat badges, but are really Officer collar brass, and some are enlisted.

I have a really neat grouping from a guy who won the Military Medal and was from N. Lab ashore and Cheshire Regiments.

#5 Rufus T. Firefly

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 01:18 PM

The silver colored badges were made of nickel and are referred to as white medal. Some were bi-medal with brass pieces added. In 1916, due to a nickel shortage and the demand for badges, some, but not all, were produced in all brass. Gaylor has an unofficial  list of these badges. All used a King’s crown. The Queen’s crown didn’t come into use until 1952. All World War I badges, with the exception of a few Scottish badges, have a slider, not lugs. It helps to have a good reference such as those by John Gaylor.



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Posted 26 March 2020 - 06:35 AM

Hi everyone, I'm just starting to find out more about British Cap badges. I'm thinking this one is of WW1 vintage as it has a slider and is made of different materials. It is also reassuringly heavy. Any thoughts?

 

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#7 Rufus T. Firefly

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:10 AM

Wrong crown for WWI. This is a queen’s crown post 1952. 8th Hussars.


Edited by Rufus T. Firefly, 26 March 2020 - 10:12 AM.


#8 Dogsbody

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:47 AM

Thanks! So this would be a King's crown if I'm correct?

 

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:50 AM

And here is one without a crown....WWII or later?

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#10 Rufus T. Firefly

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 11:24 AM

Dirk,

 

The 8th Hussars has a King’s crown. I’m not sure if the second badge is British. 



#11 Dirk

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 11:45 AM

Rufus thanks! Post independence for the Rhodesia badge perhaps?

#12 Rufus T. Firefly

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:26 PM

Perhaps. It could’ve from the colonial era.



#13 Rufus T. Firefly

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 06:11 PM

Looks like a Rhodesian General Service Corps badge.


#14 Dirk

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 09:35 AM

Rufus thank you!


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