A very fine and scarce silver and gilt example, following the pattern worn by the Grenadier Guards, the circlet inscribed “ Honorable Artillery Company ”; mounted on the seeded gilt centre, a silver flaming grenade, the ball of the grenade bearing gilt Crowned VR Cypher, reversed and interlaced. Universal pattern rococo ends. No benchmarks. A little wear gilt highpoints and silver dark toned otherwise excellent condition.
A larger than the typical cap badge of the period, with grenadier guard style flames to the grenade. Two part construction (St George un-voided) with two original loops to the reverse of the grenade. Some loss of detail to the front of the flames, the motto scroll and St George through polishing. The example in my own collection is the same, so clearly the band master had to have them sparkling! Circa 56mm tall and 44mm wide.
Photographed against the example in the winderful book "The Fifth Fusiliers and its Badges" by Col D R Wood. Worn as a cap and pouch badge by Musicians of the 2nd Battalion Band and by the 1st and 2nd Battalions' Drummers on their music pouches, and by Musicians of the 5th (Militia) Battalion, c.1900-c.1905. A rare badge.
Col DR Wood No 418 refers.
Die struck Bi-metal (or Festubert pattern) Other Ranks Back Badge with original long slider for wear in the puggaree or pagri of the sun helmet. Nicely toned with sharp detail. This variety worn circa 1888 - 1914 and reintroduced 1918 - 1935. This version is compared with the usual pattern listed elsewhere (item 61530). The slider is considerably longer, 4.5cm in length versus 3cm. Circa 3cm in diameter. Scarce.
Die struck Bi-metal Other Ranks Back Badge with original slider. This variety worn circa 1888 - 1914 and then reintroduced 1918 - 1935, known then as the Festubert pattern. Circa 3cm in diameter. See the Pagri version listed separately.
A die cast gilt grenade missing its silver plated white metal overlay of St George facing left (a ghost of him can be seen on the centre of the grenade) in circlet which would have borne the words 'Northumberland Fusiliers. Two original loops to the reverse. A repair project for somebody with the other piece.
Circa 8cm across, with two original loops to the reverse with green felt backing. In good condition.
A small brass cap badge with two original loops to the reverse, this pattern is not a collar badge but the regiment's first the field-service cap badge. A Tiger on a more rounded ground than found on the collar badge of the period (see Churchill No 1000). Only found in this pattern facing to left (or front of the FSC). Also this is not a cutdown tiger from the HPC as noted recently in a thread on the BMBF. Scarce.
Churchill no 1001 refers.
On hold for Nick
A large and heavily die struck gilded brass valise other ranks badge of the Grenadier Guards with the cypher for King William the Fourth (who predated Queen Victoria) with four old contemporary replacement loops. The original patterns had three iron loops and these valise badges are found with either no loops due to corrosion or with replacements, as per this one. Circa 10.7cm tall and 8.1cm wide. Some marks consistent with age but in very good condition. A smasher!
In superb condition with sharp detail and two original loops to the reverse. Worn 1896 - 1900 only after which the standard castle pattern was introduced.
K&K Vol 1 No 650 refers.
Small die struck with two original dark toned lugs to the reverse. The Rifle Brigade did not wear collar badges. This is often referred to as the four-scroll badge with Battle honours to Crimea only. Circa 3.2cm tall. This one with a Victorian Crown, also found with an imperial crown. In very good condition, some squashing to the lugs but still fully functional.
K&K Vol 1 No 703 refers.
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