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Boer War Royal Northern or Royal Home Counties Reserve Regiment Pouch Badge
An attractive and very scarce bi-metal pouch badge, two part construction, to this war raised unit (the Northern and Home Counties both used the same pattern badge), was intended to enable regular army reservist to volunteer for one year as a second line for UK service with so many regular troops deployed to South Africa. With two original screw posts to the reverse. Victorian Crown. A few spots of verdigris otherwise in very good condition. Circa 5cm tall.
Code: 57937Price: 95.00 GBP
Boer War Lord Roberts Commander-in-Chief 's Bodyguard Slouch Hat Badge, 1900
Contemporary two part construction sheet brass with two large brass lug rings on reverse. Applied "R" to centre to signify Lord Roberts. The date 1900 and letters SAFF ( South African Field Force) are also included in the design. Worn on slouch hat. There is also a pattern which was in the form of a shoulder title that was also worn on the slouch hat badge (see item 52007). Good condition, but with signs of being polished. 3.5cm wide and 4.1cm tall.
Code: 57936Price: 110.00 GBP
Reserve Regiment, Royal Irish Fusiliers ( RIF ) Boer War Cap Badge
An attractive two piece bi-metal cap badge with two original dark toned copper loops to reverse (a little bit bent but fully functional). Brass grenade with white metal shamrock mounted on grenade. Minor blemishing to gilding metal finish on grenade otherwise very good condition. Circa 6.3cm tall. Scarce.
During the South African War of 1899 - 1902, Reserve Regiments were formed and this one of the series of such badge.
K&K Vol 1 no 1133 refers.
Code: 57935Price: 145.00 GBP
South African Boer War Driscoll Scouts Slouch Hat Badge - Unit of Irish Irregulars
A more ornate sheet brass Boer War slouch hat badge than one usually encounters, with two original wire loops to the reverse as worn by the Driscoll 's Scouts. This title on a scroll above an Irish Harp and the motto "Thorough " connected by laurel sprays.
During the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, Driscoll's Scouts was founded by Capt D.P. Driscoll, who had previously served in Burma during the earlier part of the Anglo-Boer War and who decided to come to South Africa with the specific intention of forming an Irish unit. This was motivated by the losses suffered by Irish units within the British Army during the early battles of the War. Eventually totalling a strength of just under 500 men of all ranks, it first served with the Colonial Division and was present at the siege of Wepener and operations around Lindley and Fouriesburg.
Apparently Daniel Driscoll had approached Kitchener and requested permission to form a mounted Scout troop to combat the fast moving Boer commandos. Kitchener apparently refused to consider the request and Driscoll was effectively sidelined without an appropriate supply of horses. Eventually Driscoll and a number of accomplices descended on a regular British unit and commandeered sufficient horses to supply his band of volunteers. The commanding officer complained to Kitchener who immediately ordered that Driscoll and his band be pursued. With his legendary scouting skills he eluded his pursuers and eventually received official recognition to be known as the "Driscoll's Scouts".
One account of note on 12th July 1900 the 'Daily Telegraph' correspondent reported: "Captain Driscoll, leader of the Scouts bearing his name, captured four armed Boers single-handed and brought them prisoners into camp. This was a splendidly plucky feat. Driscoll's Scouts are rendering General Rundle most valuable service".
Disbanded in 1902. Scarce.
Code: 57933Price: 245.00 GBP
S.A.L.H. South African Light Horse Boer War Period Brass Slouch Hat Badge
A scarce sheet brass Boer War slouch hat badge with two original wire loops to the reverse as worn by the South African Light Horse. A Maltese cross with the date 1899 to the centre. Appears to be have been gilded. Lovely item.
Code: 57932Price: 140.00 GBP
Boer War Vintage Imperial Yeomanry Hospital Bi-Metal Cap Badge
A scarce badge to this Anglo-Boer War cap badge, two dark toned original lugs to the reverse and with four sweat / braising holes to the reverse. Sharp detail. Worn on a rossette on the slouch hat. One of my favourite badges.
K&K, Vol 1, No 1394 refers.
Code: 57931Price: 155.00 GBP
C.I.V. City Imperial Volunteers Slouch Hat Badge on Gray Backing Cloth
Brass Boer War slouch hat badge with two original loops and original (?) grey backing cloth. The letters " C.I.V. " as worn by volunteers corps members from the London area who volunteered and saw service in the Boer War. Also worn as a shoulder title.
Code: 57930Price: 95.00 GBP
Boer War DCO 47th Company, 13th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry Slough Hat Badge on Original Silk Backing
A bronzed brass die struck badge on its original pin fitting and mounted on a now fragile silk ribbon of purple, yellow and red, assumed to be the colours of the Duke of Cambridge. In excellent condition and rare with backing.
The 47th ( Duke of Cambridge 's Own ) Company was raised 1900. It was pre-eminent amongst the special corps of Imperial Yeomanry raised in the context of its strict entry qualifications. Basically unless you were a son of the aristocracy or went to Eton you had no hope of being accepted by the illustrious selection committee head by the Earl of Donoughmore. The Duke of Cambridge (former Commander-in-Chief of the Army until 1895) was their president and it was from him that the company drew its title. The DCOs recruited the kind of rank and file that the average Tommy was expected to salute and each and every one had to commit to pay the £130 required to transfer himself, his horse and his equipment to South Africa. To reinforce that they were real gentlemen and not players, the DCOs war pay was donated to the Imperial War Fund for the Widows and Orphans of Soldiers.
K&K Vol1 No 1398 refers.
Code: 57929Price: 385.00 GBP
Silk Portraits ( Stevenographs ) of Boer War Personalities HM Queen and her Generals
A full set of five " stevenographs ", removed from frame, which by the looks of the mounts was installed above a fire place as their appears to be some heat damage to the two uppermost portraits of Buller and Roberts. Those of Queen Victoria, Kitchener and Baden Powell are in better condition. The claim on the reverse is that they will keep bright for ages to come and apart from some staining to the two mentioned above, they have stood up to that claim very well, some 118 years on. Made by the Silk Picture Weaving Co, of Farnborough in Hampshire, each picture is woven with 3,000 strands of silk. The set was sold via advertisements in the newspapers and magazines and originally retailed at 2/6. These would benefit from remounting and framing. Really good to see the original provenance being kept on the back of each.
Code: 57898Price: 95.00 GBP
Silk Portraits ( Stevenographs ) of Boer War Personalities HM Queen and her Generals - more photos
See lot above
Code: 57897Price: On Request
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