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The Cavalry Game! - WW1 Regular Cavalry Field Service Cap Badges, 1914 - 1922

This section has been created as a record of the badges worn by the Regular Cavalry of the British Army during the First World War, 1914 and up until 1922, when many were amalgamated. The badges are listed in order of precedence and each variety worn by Other Ranks is listed (excluding any brass economy badges). Some regiments had to change their badges in the early days of the war on account of the insignia they wore actually honouring the German or Austrian Emperors. The slider rather than lugs feature on all of the badges in this section. The slider was introduced generally for use on most cavalry cap badges circa 1908 - 1910.

I will replace sold stock in this section whenever I can. New items will not be relisted as new items on the first page of my site, so if these are your bag, please visit this section often. It can be found in the 'drop down' menu under the heading 'Militaria - WW1 Regular Cavalry Cap Badges'.

It is no easy undertaking to put together all these wonderful badges of a bygone era. Remember cavalry regiments did not produce the multiple battalions in WW1 as their counterparts in the infantry did, so they are much more scarce and this is reflected in their price.

Code: 55291Price: On Request


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1st Life Guards GV Other Ranks Brass Cap Badge

An early WW1 GV pattern cap badge worn from 1913 onwwards with original slider to the reverse. In good condition but dark toned. Scarce.

The First and Second Life Guards were amalgamated in 1922 to form The Life Guards ( 1st & 2nd ).

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 727 refers.

Code: 54756Price:


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2nd Life Guards GV Other Ranks Brass Cap Badge

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 728 refers.

The First and Second Life Guards were amalgamated in 1922 to form The Life Guards ( 1st & 2nd ).

Currently Out of Stock.

Code: 54755Price: On Request


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Royal Horse Guards ( The Blues ) GV Other Ranks Brass Cap Badge

An early WW1 GV pattern bronze cap badge worn from 1913 onwards with original slider to the reverse (mounted at top of crown). In good condition with some signs of service wear. Scarce.

The Regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Royal Dragoons in 1969 to form the Blues & Royals.

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 731 refers.

Code: 54754Price: 45.00 GBP


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The Household Battalion - WW1 War Raised Unit - Reservists from The Household Cavalry, c.1916 - 1918

A large oval badge with a bronzed finish and with original slider to reverse. Circa 5.7cm tall.

Strictly not a cavalry regiment, The Household Battalion was raised as an infantry battalion in September 1916 from reservists of the Household Cavalry ( 1st and 2nd Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards ) and served on the Western Front as part of the 4th Division.

K&K, Vol 1, No 733 refers.

A7.5.

Code: 55282Price: 85.00 GBP


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1st ( King's ) Dragoon Guards Other Ranks Brass Cap Badge - pre 1915 pattern (Type 1)

An all brass cap badge in very good condition with original slider. Scarce.

The 1st Dragoon Guards wore until 1915, the brass eagle from the Arms of the Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria who was their Colonel-in-Chief from 1896 to 1914, with title scroll below. With Austria being aligned against the allies in WW1, his insignia was discontinued in 1915, and replaced with a bi-metal eight-pointed star until 1937, when the brass eagle was resumed but without the scroll. The Regiment was amalgamated in 1959 with the Bays to form The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 734 refers.

Code: 54753Price: 55.00 GBP


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1st ( King's ) Dragoon Guards Other Ranks Bi--Metal Cap Badge - post 1915 pattern (Type 2)

A Bi-metal cap badge in good condition with original slider and original strengthening bar to the reverse, along with two sweat / braising holes behind the central device.

In 1915, the rather grand double-headed brass Austrian eagle was replaced with this bi-metal eight-pointed star. It was worn until 1937, when the brass eagle was resumed but without the scroll. The Regiment was amalgamated in 1959 with the Bays to form The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 734 refers.

Code: 55289Price: 30.00 GBP


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2nd Dragoon Guards ( The Queen's Bays ) Other Ranks Brass Cap Badge

A gilding metal cap badge, with good detail, original slider and strengthening bar to top of crown, as manufactured.

For just over sixty years, the regiment wore the same plain pattern brass badge, differing only in the successive three crowns: the QVC (angular type), K/C Tudor Crown (a domed variety as worn in 1914), and the Q/C St Edward's Crown worn with the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.


K&K Vol 1, Fig. 737 refers.

Code: 54752Price:


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3rd ( Prince of Wales's ) Dragoon Guards Other Ranks Bi-metal Cap Badge ( Type 1 - Flat Topped 3)

A good strong badge with original slider (some initials lightly scratched to the reverse of slider), with large circular sweat/ braising hole behind the coronet. Sharp detail.

In 1914, the Regiment wore set of three white metal plumes and motto, brass coronet and scroll. although two different strikes used varying patterns of the numeral '3', one flat-topped and the other rounded. This is not signifcant and probably accounted for by just different makers. In 1922 they merged with the Carabiniers ( 6th Dragoon Guards ), but it was not until 1929 that the new combined badge was adopted, with each squadron retaining its separate regimental badge until that year.

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 738 (flat-topped '3') refers.

Code: 54751Price: 40.00 GBP


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3rd ( Prince of Wales's ) Dragoon Guards Other Ranks Bi-metal Cap Badge ( Type 2 - Round 3)


Round ' 3 ' variety with original slider and with good detail.

In 1914, the Regiment wore set of three white metal plumes and motto, brass coronet and scroll. although two different strikes used varying patterns of the numeral '3', one flat-topped and the other rounded. This is probably accounted for by just different makers. In 1922 they merged with the Carabiniers ( 6th Dragoon Guards ), but it was not until 1929 that the new combined badge was adopted, with each squadron retaining its separate regimental badge until that year.

K&K Vol 1, Fig. 739 (rounded '3') refers.

A117.2

Code: 55290Price: 36.00 GBP

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