A collection of five embroidered titles in good condition to the regiments which comprised the Fusilier Brigade (some with bluetack to the reverse of some and some moth damage to the reverse of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Title which as thinned to a small hole above the letter K) . Initially the Brigade comprised of three regiments: The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, The Royal Fusiliers and The Lancashire Fusiliers. However, with the disbandment of the Midland / Foresters Brigade in 1963, they were joined by the newly created Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers. You can only imagine how that went down! And last but not least, the shoulder title of the regiment which they were all amalgamated to form in 1968, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Scarce and original formation sign circa 3.2cm by 3cm (almost square). In very good condition.
The British 34th Division was a New Army division formed in April 1915 as part of the K4 Army Group. The division landed in France on January 1916 and spent the duration of the First World War in action on the Western Front.
The division was originally made up of Pals battalions, notably the 10th Lincolns, known as the Grimsby Chums, and two brigades of Northumberland Fusiliers; the Tyneside Scottish and Tyneside Irish. The division's first major action was the attack at La Boisselle on the first day of the Battle of the Somme during which the division suffered heavy casualties and many of the original Pals were killed.
Impossible to date to either WW1 or WW2 as the raised foot of the lion was used on badges of the Tyneside Scottish in both of these wars. So potentially of Northumberland Fusiliers, Durham Light Infantry, Black Watch or possibly Royal Artillery interest too! It has some severe moth damage to bottom section. It is old, well made and tug of war was popular in the trenches in the First War, but I am unable to date this item. Previously unknown. One of three found in a house clearance in the North East. So it is possible they were made but never actually issued. A novelty and I would welcome any more information. Circa 10cm by 8cm.
A souvenir of the Great War, nicely engraved with the regimental badge of the Northumberland Fusiliers and a scroll with the 18th Service Battalion below and dated 1914 - 1919. On the reverse side an entwined monogram. On inside of fully functional lid a Birmingham hallmark with date letter t (1918-19 - note that until 1975 the month that date letters changed was July so this mark covers both these years in part). In very good condition with only minor use wear and one very small ding. A match striker is fitted to the base as with all vesta cases.
A stunning badge in silver plate and of two part construction with four original screw posts and one remaining original retaining nut with washer. Back-marked "Hobson & Son Lexington St, London". Worn with the standard lion's head boss and whistle and chain of the universal pattern in silver plate. Circa 9.3cm tall by 7.4cm wide. In excellent condition with light tarnishing to silver finish.
Col D Wood No 371A refers.
Given Tiptaff made many Canadian badges, this is most probably Canadian. But it could equally serve as a stand in for a Tyneside Irish 30th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers numeral (althougth not of the correct pattern).
Two original loops to the reverse. Circa 1.9cm wide and 1.3cm tall. Back stamped Tipftaff B'Ham in very small neat letters. UK made.
The 30th Battalion, CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 30th Battalion was authorized on 27 October 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 February 1915. It was redesignated as the 30th Reserve Battalion, CEF on 18 April 1915 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. On 4 January 1917 its personnel were absorbed by the 1st Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was subsequently disbanded on 1 September 1917.
A scarce and early lapel badge with the arms of the County of Northumberland, England within a black circlet. Backstamped with the issue number "717". Circa 3.3cm in diameter. Some minor wear to the red enamel. The yellow stripes are painted rather than enamel (and has some damage - see photos). A real "economy feel" to it. Never seen this before and would welcome any information. Look, feel and size dates this to WW1. Coll.
Gilt bright and enamel in undamaged condition. Slight service wear. Original pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked Thomas Fattorini Ltd, Regent St, Birmingham. Scarce. Coll.
Gilt bright (some minor spotting) with enamel in good condition, with no damage. Original pin fitting and maker marked on reverse Fattorini, Bradford. Circa 2.3cm in diameter. Coll.
A white metal plated original brass / gilding metal cap badge with an original slider (and no signs of ever having been lugged). The plate to the front is wearing through showing the gilding metal below. It also has no signs of plating to the reverse, so most probably NOT one of the first batch of badges which were plated by the REME units in the field for the 7th Battalion The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) - re-designated as the 141st (7th Battalion, The Buffs) Royal Armoured Corps, in October 1941.
Anyway, a nice original badge, which could be an oddity, or 141st RAC (later issue), or regimental police. Finally, this is not the Birmingham Mint white metal version.
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