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WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 18th Reinforcements Brass Cap Badge and Pair of Collars SetA good die stamped solid centre brass example with two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse (as typical of this series). Circa 5.1cm wide and 4.1cm tall. The collar badges are matching and also with two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse of each, although one is slightly mis-struck. Each is circa 3.1cm tall.
Oldam (2011 edition) No 4/84 and 4/86 refer.
A6.2 / B47.4
Code: 57942Price: 130.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 22nd Reinforcements Brass Cap and Single Collar Badge Set
The cap badge is die struck brass with two hexagonal lugs to the reverse with registered design number RD 887 to the front below the letters NZ. Circa 4.8cm tall. The collar badge die struck brass (now dark toned) with two loops to the reverse. Circa 3.2cm tall.
Oldham (2011 edition) No 4/104 and No 4/107.
B57.6 / B57.5
Code: 57940Price: 100.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 25th Reinforcements Facing Brass Collar Badges
A pair of die struck facing brass (now dark toned) collar badges. Not quite matching but close. Both with two hexagonal lugs to the reverse of each, although on one these have been bent inwards to make them less prominent. Circa 3.2cm tall. Scarce.
Oldham (2011 edition) No 4/123 refers.
Code: 57941Price: 85.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 31st Reinforcements Brass Cap and Single Collar Badge Set
The cap badge in semi die struck thick brass with a crudely applied slider with registered design number RD 970 to the front and to the left of the numerals 31. It does not appear to have ever had lugs. Circa 4.3cm tall. The collar badge die struck brass with two diagonal lugs to the reverse and RD and 970 to the front to either side of the scroll furls. Circa 3cm tall.
Oldham (2011 edition) No 4/154 and No 4/156.
B57.8 / B57.7
Code: 57939Price: 110.00 GBP
New Zealand Pioneer Battalion Bronze Cap Badge - Gaunt tablet
One of my favourite badges, with the Maori giving the Haka ancestral war cry atop a pioneer axe and pickaxe in a fern wreath above a tablet with the word Pioneer. Served overseas in France. This pattern with the neck ornament absent, according to Corbett )p237) was only worn between February 1916 and September 1917. Cap Badge size at 5.1cm tall with two original cooper loops to the reverse and a manufacturer's tablet JR Gaunt London. Good sharp detail. Scarce.
Oldham's No 4/289 refers
Code: 57830Price: 65.00 GBP
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 13th Reinforcements Cap Badge
A gilding metal die struck cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 4.3cm tall. Some slight darkening to left of scroll otherwise in very good condition.
Oldham No 4/42 refers
Code: 57504Price: 85.00 GBP
King Edward 's Horse New Zealand Squadron Large Gilding Metal Fern Slouch Hat Badge
King 's Colonials 2nd Pattern New Zealand Squadron Slouch Hat Badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 7.1cm wide by 3.4cm tall. In very good condition.
Raised as part of 4th County of London Imperial Yeomanry in 1902 enabling C Squadron (Australasian) to become purely Australian.
K&K Vol 1, No 1377 refers.
Sold to PG
WW1 - NZRB New Zealand Rifle Brigade Blackened Shoulder Title
In good condition with two original hexagonal lugs to the reverse. Corbett refers to blackened shoulder titles being worn in WW1 (page 234).
Code: 57472Price: 24.00 GBP
WW1 Reinforcements to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force
The large range and variety of the reinforcement cap and collar badges to the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force of WW1, are a fascinating aspect of New Zealand's military history, and probably unique as a series of privately produced badges in the field of British Commonwealth Badge collecting.
In this section of the website I am pleased to present a selection of these badges, which although unofficial and ordered and for the most part paid for by the individual volunteer recruits themselves, they are scarce survivors as they were discarded on arrival at Sling Camp in England. They were manufactured in New Zealand by enterprising badge manufacturers and jewelers.
The wearing of definite hat and collar badges, by regiments and corps, never appears to have been strictly enforced in the New Zealand Army, unlike the British Army, together with their natural independent outlook, was probably the basis for the wearing of these individualistic badges, the designs of which are in some cases miniature works of art, such as those worn by the 19th, 21st and 24th Reinforcements.
According to Corbett in his " Regimental Badges of New Zealand " there were as many as 47 companies of reinforcements, so this is a rich area of collecting, much overlooked.
Code: 57459Price: On Request
WW1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force - 19th Reinforcements Cap and Collar Badge Set
Cap and matching collar badge set, all die struck in gilding metal and with two original loops to the reverse of each. Awesome design. Motto KIA TUPATO (Be Careful). Slight colour variation between the cap and collars. Scarce.
Corbett's " The Regimental Badges of New Zealand " page 181 refers
Code: 57458Price: 155.00 GBP
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