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Scarce Georgian Button Royal African Colonial Corps Officer 's Gilt Button, 1804 - 1821

Circa 17.5mm in diameter, open backed with fixed shank, slightly convex in shape. Backmarked Jennens & Co, London. Gilt bright and in very good condition. A scarce early button.

The Royal African Corps was a unit in the British Army officially established on 25 April 1804. Fraserís Corps of Infantry, had been raised for the defense of the Island of Goree, Senegal in August 1800. The regiment was one of several penal battalions composed primarily of deserters and condemned men from the hulks, with some additional Black soldiers being attached to the unit.

The practice of legal escape from prison was readily available to British Army deserters. As in the case of culprits and criminals, incarcerated deserters could ordinarily change their prison sentences for service in West Africa and the West Indies.

Four companies of the Royal African Corps were disbanded in 1819 whilst in West Africa. The remaining companies were kept in service until 1821, when they were broken up at the Cape Colony.

B39.2

Code: 57554Price: 75.00 GBP


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6th King 's African Rifles ( Tanganyika Territory ) Battalion Bronze Cap Badge

Scarce king 's crown bronze die struck cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. The example shown in Renfrew is also in bronze. Worn circa 1930 - 1952.

Renfrew et al, Vol 1, No 441 refers.

B45.2

Code: 57546Price: 85.00 GBP


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South Africa - Rand Light Infantry Cap Badge and Collar Set

Whilst this pattern is listed in Owen, he claims that they were never actually issued. As one would expect these are in mint condition. Screw fittings to reverse of Cap Badge with original retaining nuts and two sharp prong fixings to each of the collar badges. I will provide some blue plastic caps to protect your fingers. Described by Owen as rare in his first edition book.

Owen No 935 refers

B28.11

Code: 57538Price: 95.00 GBP


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WW2 South Africa Yellow and Red Felt Designation Formation Cloth Sign

Circular cloth formation sign. In good condition.

Comm FB

Code: 57528Price: 18.00 GBP


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South Africa - WW2 South African Tank Corps ( SATC / SATK ) Black Metal Cap Badge, worn 1940 - 1941 only

A thin blacked gilding metal die struck non voided cap badge with two original integral flat loops to the reverse. An old WW I style tank facing left to the centre of a wreath with title scrolls below in English and Afrikaans.Circa 4.7cm in diameter. Only worn from May 1940 to September 1941, when it was replaced with an updated white metal design. A similar badge was worn on the collar but with tanks facing.

B31.5

Code: 57470Price: 40.00 GBP


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South Africa - WW1 South African Heavy Artillery Bronzed Cap Badge

A die struck bronzed cap badge with two original loops to the reverse as worn by the South African Heavy Artillery, worn 1915 - 1919. This title on a tri-part scroll surmounted by a Springbok's head and crossed gun barrels. In very good condition. Circa 5.8cm wide and 4.5cm tall.

The South African contingent, which General Louis Botha offered in July 1915 for the war in Europe, consisted of 4 infantry battalions, 5 heavy artillery batteries, a general hospital and a signal company. The 5 heavy artillery batteries were affiliated to the British Royal Garrison Artillery as the 71st ( Transvaal ), 72nd ( Griqualand West ), 73rd ( Western Cape ), 74th ( Eastern Province ) and the 75th ( Natal ). Later a 6th battery, the 125th ( Transvaal ) was formed. All were armed with 6" howitzers.

The new force embarked at Cape Town between 28 August and 17 October 1915, and all units were in England by November. The artillery moved to camp at Bexhill.

In April and May 1916 the 5 original batteries landed at Le Havre, while the 125th followed in July. They were then deployed along the length and breadth of the Western front. They supported their countrymen of the S.A. Infantry on only three occasions, the 75th at Warlencourt ( lst Somme, October 1916), the 74th at Vimy Ridge (3rd Arras, spring 1917) and the 71st at 3rd Ypres (summer 1917). Late in 1917 and in early 1918 all these batteries were combined as the 44th ( 71st, 73rd and 125th SBs as well as 20th) in the 5th Army and 50th ( 72nd, 74th, and 75th SBs and 275th battery RGA ) brigades RGA.

B33.4

Code: 57469Price: 55.00 GBP


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Bechuanaland Rifles Bronze Slouch Hat Badge, Worn 1902 - 1913

Scarce king 's crown die cast bronze slouch hat badge with two original loops to the reverse. Crossed rifles and the king's crown to the centre of a circlet bearing the title and motto,within five star points. In very good condition. Circa 5.1cm wide.

Owen No 307 refers.

B33.7

Code: 57468Price: 95.00 GBP


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South Africa - Border Light Horse Cap Badge and Collar Set, worn 1903 - 1909 only

A scarce matched set of cap and facing collar badges, with two original loops to the reverse of each. The loops to the collars have been slightly pressed to tighten them for wear, otherwise in superb condition, Scarce.

B28.8/9

Code: 57467Price: 155.00 GBP


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Southern Rhodesia - WW2 S.R. Medical Corps Brass Cap Badge

Engineered from brass sheet with two original small lugs to the reverse. Circa 3.7cm tall. In very good condition. Worn 1940 - 1943.

According to my 1st edition copy of Owen this particular pattern is shown as item 682 and described as rare.

B28.17

Code: 57465Price: 120.00 GBP


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South Africa - Tembuland Light Horse ( T.L.H. ) Blackened Bronze Cap Badge, Worn 1905 - 1909 only

Slouch hat badge with three original loops to the reverse, King's crown, crosseed rifles with TLH below. Raised in 1905.

Owen No 336 refers.

B23.22

Code: 57464Price: 135.00 GBP

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