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Old 13-09-17, 07:55 PM
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Question Coldstream Guards badges

I have two Coldstream Guards badges which are different to the normal cap badge, any information on them would be appreciated.

The first is quite worn in the centre due to polishing.

Thanks for looking.

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Old 13-09-17, 08:09 PM
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I think that the first one is Canadian, Governer Generals Foot Guards?
Could the second one be a polished OSD cap or collar?
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Old 13-09-17, 08:26 PM
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Default Governor Generals Foot Guards

Leigh, this is very similar to the Governor Generals Foot Guards illustrated in "Canada's Army in World War II" by F.R. Tripp, maybe an earlier version.

The second badge is the same size as a normal Coldstreams cap badge.

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Old 13-09-17, 08:38 PM
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Im inclined to go for a polished up OSD cap/collar still, best I can come up with, pending input from someone who knows the subject.
Again, the first badge - a polished/worn GGFG OSD? Having said that, it looks too well worn to be OSD with a bit of polish.
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Old 13-09-17, 09:09 PM
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I have two Coldstream Guards badges which are different to the normal cap badge, any information on them would be appreciated.

The first is quite worn in the centre due to polishing.

Thanks for looking.

Rob
Rob, whats the back like on the 1st one please. I have one also and have seen a couple of those on Duty/Bed plates. The other one is just a different pattern OR's cap star.
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Old 13-09-17, 09:49 PM
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Default Coldstream Guards

Andy, the first Coldstream Guards had originally a type of blade, one had broken off already and the second went the same way, so I soldered two loops E-W on the reverse. Leigh has pointed out that it is similar to the Governor Generals Foot Guards except the motto is different.

The second badge is I think a makers variation.

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Old 14-09-17, 06:11 AM
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I have one of the elongated stars with its east/west blades or flat lugs missing & what lloks like your second star a hollow struck badge with east/west lugs, bronzed,which I filed away decades ago as possibly a CG OSD collar badge, as that's all I could think of it being.
Any chance it could be a Colonial badge?

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Old 14-09-17, 10:30 AM
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Yes mine has very short blades east and west, i'll see if i can dig it out. Leigh i do believe it is Coldstream Guards. But you never Know.
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Old 14-09-17, 10:43 AM
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Coldstream are the obvious suspects I suppose.
I never bothered to properly check either badge.
See how these match up to the ones posted.
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Old 14-09-17, 11:14 AM
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Yes Leigh, heres mine.
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Old 14-09-17, 03:41 PM
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Cool Coldstream Guards

My Coldstream Guards was originally the same with one blade until it broke off, I think I have seen these in the past on bedplates or am I dreaming . . !

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Having just reread Andy's post mentioning bedplates & looked at the blades on the back of the elongated star Iwas wondering the same.
I think you've both got it, bedplate badges.
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What are the sizes of these badges? If they are larger than the standard pattern of today, it might be that they date back to the old, pre-1900 pattern forage cap, whose badge was larger. These forage caps seem to have been largely forgot and yet they go back to at least 1853, when they replaced a previous, peaked forage cap, with a similar large badge, that had been worn since at least 1830. An almost identical badge, but with screw post fixing was fitted to the cartouche.
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Old 18-09-17, 05:49 AM
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I've managed to misplace my elongated star, the other one I show measures about 44 mm across - "normal" size.
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Old 18-09-17, 09:25 AM
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Cool Elongated Coldstream badges

It has been pointed out to me that the elongated Coldstream badges with the short blades have been used to adorn photo frames.
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