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Indian Army Auxiliary Forces - Lucknow Volunteer Rifles Bronze Cap Badge
A good bronzed die struck cap badge, most likely English made, with two original lugs to the reverse. Circa 4.5cm tall. The residency at Lucknow depicted post the gallant defence undertaken during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. A badge that tells its own story! In good condition with sharp detail. Scarce.
Formed as the Oudh Volunteer Rifle Corps on 10 August 1865. Reorganised as the Lucknow Volunteer Rifle Corps on 10 January 1872. Became the Oudh Volunteer Rifle Corps on 6 June 1884 and again the Lucknow Volunteer Rifles on 24 July 1903. Reconstituted as 5th (Lucknow) Group Garrison Artillery on 1st April 1917; became VI (Lucknow) Field Brigade on 1st October1920 and in 1933 finally designated as No 13 (Lucknow) Field Battery.
Code: 59474Price: 110.00 GBP
Indian Army - The IX ( 9th ) JAT Regiment ' Heroes ' Cast White Metal Cap Badge
9th JATs Cast white metal with two original lugs to the reverse. Circa 5.2cm wide and 4.5cm tall.
The IX (9th) JAT Regiment of the Indian Army existed from 1922 to 1947, and consisted of the following units:
1st Royal Battalion (Light Infantry)
2nd Battalion (Mooltan Battalion)
3rd Battalion (from 10th Jats)
4th Battalion (from 18th Infantry)
The regiment was allocated to India at the time of partition (1947).
Code: 59466Price: 22.00 GBP
Colonial Indian Police Senior Officer's Hallmarked Silver Helmet Plate / Pouch Badge, 1910
A simply stunning large pattern helmet / pouch badge with two original screw fittings to the reverse. Maker marked BWL and London hallmarks date letter P (1910). Circa 6.4cm tall and 5.5cm wide. King's Crown. Some minor tarnishing / toning to silver, otherwise in great condition.
Code: 59288Price: 275.00 GBP
CLH - Indian Auxiliary Army Calcutta Light Horse Gilt Shoulder Title
In good condition with two small loops to the reverse. Evidence of heavy gilt to the reverse. A quality item.
The Calcutta Light Horse was raised in 1872 and formed part of the Cavalry Reserve in the British Indian Army. The regiment was disbanded following India's independence in 1947.
The CLH are most noted for their attack (with members of the Calcutta Scottish) against the German merchant ship, 'Ehrenfels'. The operation was organised by SOE's India Mission. It was kept covert, to avoid the political ramifications of contravening Portuguese neutrality in Goa, and was not revealed until thirty-five years afterwards, in 1978. The 'Ehrenfels' was known to be transmitting information on Allied ship movements to U-boats from Mormugao harbour in Portugal's neutral territory of Goa.
The Light Horse embarked on the barge 'Phoebe' at Calcutta and sailed around India to Goa. After the 'Ehrenfels' was sunk in March 1943 by the team of British saboteurs, British intelligence dispatched an open message over the air falsely warning that the British would invade Goa. The crews of the other two German merchant ships in the harbour, the 'Drachenfels' and 'Braunfels', received the message and scuttled their ships in Goa's harbour in the belief that they were protecting their ships from capture by the British. Italian ships in the harbour were also destroyed.
As the end credits of the 1980 film "The Sea Wolves" (starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven and which immortalised this action) stated that during the first 11 days of March 1943, U-boats sank 12 Allied ships in the Indian Ocean. After the Light Horse raid on Goa, only one ship was lost in the remainder of the month.
Indian Army Ordnance Corps Cast Brass Cap Badge - Maker Marked
A nicely cast badge with original slider to the reverse. Slider has been stamped Chatur Bihari & Sons / Aligarh U.P. (Upper Province). In very good condition and scarce.
Code: 59011Price: 30.00 GBP
WW2 vintage Large Pattern India Indian Mountain Artillery Die Struck Brass Cap Badge
An attractive and good stiff die struck brass badge with original slider. Circa 5.1cm tall and 6.7cm wide. Scarce in this condition and not theatre made. In superb condition.
Code: 58997Price: 45.00 GBP
Queen's Victoria's Corps of Guides (Lumsden's Cavalry) Officer's Brass Pouch Badge
A Victorian crown officer's brass pouch badge with two original loops to reverse (e-w). A similar pattern was worn as the martingale badge but this is die struck of UK manufacture and too fine a quality for a Martingale badge (IMHO). Circa 6cm tall. Scarce.
Cox No 2345 refers.
Code: 58857Price: 85.00 GBP
Indian Army ( AFI ) - Kolar Gold Field Battalion Embroidered Pagri Badge
Kolar Gold Field Battalion (Auxiliary Force India ) cloth pagri badge - golden yellow embroidered on black, but backing faded from sun and wear and slight damage to thread on pick axe head. No moth but some stress marks to fabric from wear. Circa 7cm tall and 6cm wide. Scarce.
The Kolar Gold Fields are believed to be the second deepest gold mines in the world. Situated at a distance of approximately 120km from Bangalore.
The Auxiliary Force (India) (AFI) was a part-time, paid volunteer organisation within the Indian Army in British India. Its units were entirely made up of European and Anglo-Indian personnel.
The AFI was created by the Auxiliary Force Act 1920 to replace the unpopular British section of the Indian Defence Force, which had recruited by conscription. By contrast, the AFI was an all-volunteer force modelled after the British Territorial Army.
Unit history: 1903 formed as the Kolar Gold Fields Rifle Volunteers on 23rd January from a detachment of the Bangalore Rifle Volunteers
1917 became 43rd Kolar Gold Fields Battalion on 1st April
1920 redesignated on 1st October as the Kolar Gold Field Battalion (Infantry).
Code: 58801Price: 125.00 GBP
Indian Army - Army Physical Training Corps Cast Brass Cap Badge - 1946-1947 only
A nicely cast thick brass cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 3cm tall by 4cm wide. A short lived pre- partition badge, only formed in 1946 and disbanded in 1947. Based on the UK version of the APTC badge. The Physical Instructor proficiency badge photographed for comparison will be included in with the purchase of this item. It is in good condition with 4 horizontal loops to the reverse.
Code: 58709Price: 85.00 GBP
WW2 Indian Army - I.C.(I) Intelligence Corps India Officer's Service Dress Shoulder Title
A small cast officer's service dress shoulder title with two small original loops to the reverse. Bronzed finish to front. Circa 3.1cm wide and 1.2cm tall. A short lived unit.
The Intelligence Corps ( India ) was formed in November 1942 at Karachi. It was abandoned at partition ( 1947).
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