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Victorian 12th Prince of Wales' Royal Lancers Officers Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

Officer's solid brass horse furniture bit boss (Guelphic crown) with heavily worn white metal central mount, two fasteners reduced for easy of display. Circa 9.6m tall and 5cm wide. Worn 1860 - 1901.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C25.2

Code: 62008Price: 65.00 GBP


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Edwardian 12th Prince of Wales' Royal Lancers Officers Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

A solid brass Officers' Pattern Horse Furniture Bit Boss ornament, king's crown and worn post 1901, of two part construction with white metal mount of the Prince of Wales's Feathers. The central device has some wear, two original fasteners to reverse, but these have been reduced for ease of display. Some spots of verdigris to front. Circa 9.3cm tall and 5cm wide.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively hard to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C25.1

Code: 62007Price: 85.00 GBP


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14th The Kings Hussars Officers Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

An officer’s solid brass bit boss with Guelphic crown unit title and Eagle to centre. With five original tabs to the reverse. Slight polishing to eagle's breast otherwise in very good condition. Circa 8cm tall and 4.5m wide. Rare.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively hard to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C19.15

Code: 62006Price: 85.00 GBP


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Victorian 15th ( Kings ) Hussars Officers Gilding Metal Martingale Horse Furniture Ornament Badge, c1837- 1901

A very neat die struck and voided Martingale badge, Victorian crown to the 15th (King’s) Hussars. The Royal Crest with Queen Victoria Crown (QVC) within the Garter HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE. 4 single retaining wires to the reverse ( one of two pairs remaining on each securing point). Some polishing to the face of the lion otherwise in very good condition. Circa 7.8cm tall and 3.9cm wide. Rare.

C15

Code: 62005Price: 65.00 GBP


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Victorian 20th Hussars Officers Horse Furniture Ear Boss Ornament Badge

A scarce item still on its leather backing, with white metal XHX on brass. In very good condition for age. Circa 5.6cm in diameter. Some white polish has got into the leather backing, but it is still in good condition. I have given it a light coating with renaissance wax to feed the leather and keep it in good condition.

A77

Code: 62004Price: 70.00 GBP


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Victorian London Rifle Brigade Horse Harness Martingale Brass Badge Device

Rough cast brass with Queen Victoria crown and four original long retaining loops to the reverse. Worn by mounted officer's therefore scarce. Some fractures in retaining loops, which would have held this badge in place on its leather backing. It is not recommended that these are bent over or straightened.

Large and heavy at 8cm tall and 4.3cm wide.

Code: 62003Price: 35.00 GBP


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Household Cavalry Horse Furniture Bridle Bit Boss Brass Badge

A heavy die cast bit boss badge, as worn all ranks of the Life Guards and Horse Guards. Some polishing to detail but otherwise in good condition. Queen's crown. Item is heavy, so postage is more expensive than usual.

G23.3

Code: 61791Price: 40.00 GBP


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Superb Victorian Generals Horse Furniture Bit Boss Fire Gilt Badge

A stunning example of a fire gilt General Officer's Horse Furniture bit boss badge, with a VR Cypher to centre and often used in Victorian times, a 'Guelphic' crown to the top. What a bobby dazzler this chap must have been. Crossed Sword and Baton below. Circa 7.5cm tall. In superb condition.

Standardisation of crowns was introduced by King Edward VII, when he laid down in 1901 that the so-called 'Tudor' or 'imperial' pattern crown was the only one to be used.

D73.4

Code: 59044Price: 110.00 GBP


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Victorian 9th Queen's Royal Lancers Officer's Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

Officer's horse furniture solid brass bit boss (Guelphic crown) with VR cypher, five original fasteners to reverse. In good condition with only light polishing and sharp detail. Circa 9.8cm tall and 5cm wide. Worn 1860 - 1901.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

Code: 58481Price: 85.00 GBP


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Contemporary Indian Made POUCH badge of the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own) Hussars Double Scroll Elephant

Scarce and original cast brass pouch badge as worn on brown leather cartridge pouch with two original lugs (north - south). This pattern was worn with khaki dress in India circa 1902-1909. Same size as the very scarce double scroll cap badge. Often suggested it is a cap, but I have seen one fitted to the pouch and many years ago I bought a similar one with screw posts which came off the drum horse leathers (I always now regret not having bought the leathers with it). Good condition and scarce.

Code: 54436Price: 65.00 GBP

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