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Bill A 29-10-08 02:13 PM

Evolution of a collar badge...
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The collar badge has not received much attention in the Canadian section. Here are several examples, showing the evolution fo the collars worn by the Northern Pioneers and Algonquin Regiment. Note, not all patterns of the regimental collar badges are included.
From top to bottom:
  1. The large, light weight brass collar badge, wolf's head over canoe is listed by Mazeas as the pre-1914 collar badge. It was also worn into the 1920's, until the new smaller brass canoe pattern collars were approved and purchased. The right facing collar of this pattern is usually marked P.W. Ellis.
  2. The second smaller brass issue wolf's head over canoe collar. This collar was produced for the Northern Pioneer Regiment sometime in the late 1920's or early 1930's. These collars, in brass, were the official issue for only the Northern Pioneers. The manufacturer was Scully.
  3. The first pattern canoe collar for the Algonquin Regiment was authorized in 1942. When the Norther Pioneers amalgamated with the Algonquin Regiment in 1936, the amalgamated regiment had taken all of the previous Algonquin Regiment insignia into use. This included the Algonquin Regiment collars, which were miniature strikings in left and right of the cap badge. (Note: The early issue Algonquin Regiment badges were made from a nickel alloy metal called monel. Monel metal badges are magnetic, and have a blueish tinge in colour as compared to white metal.)
    The lack of recongintion or perpetuation of the Northern Pioneers had been a concern. Over half the Alqonquin regimental territory covered the Huntsville, Parry Sound, and Sundridge areas, previously the regimental area of the Northern Pioneers. To recognize the history of the regiment, and to perpetuate the Northern Pioneers, the canoe pattern collars were adopted by the unit, but with one significant change. The collars were struck from the same dies as the Northern Pioneer collars, but in white metal. Note these collars are exactly the same die as the brass collars.
  4. In the 1950's, a new die was made for the collar badges. The new die was slightly different than the older one. The canoe is somewhat narrower in appearance, the wolf's head has different details, in particular the ears are noticeably different. Compare the third collar with the fourth collar.
  5. The last collar is dated 1985, and is a cast clutch pin example of the collar. It is made from the same die as the previous example. Struck examples with clutch pins also were made.

jim a 29-10-08 10:05 PM

Bill great post.... good examples and a great explanation yields an increase in the knowledge base... I learned something here today.... thanks Jim

jim a 29-10-08 10:09 PM

Bill... your nice presentation of these collars got me thinking... any chance you could do a primer on shoulder flashes showing a few of the different backings and styles and what to look for as a help to us rookie shoulder flash collectors? here's hoping Jim A

Bill A 30-10-08 12:33 PM

Good idea Jim. I will try to sort some stuff out and put up a basic guide. (May take some time, but I will put it on the list of to do things.)

Bill A 30-10-08 12:47 PM

Details of canoe collars
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A question was asked about the details for the last two issue canoe collars. Here is another image of the last pattern collar (bottom image) and the pattern struck from the Northern Pioneer dies (top image).
The differences are visible. Note the differences in the shape and details of the wolf's head, (openness of mouth, shape of the head, details of the ears, and the fur on the neck), the details of the canoe, in particular the keel details, and the width of the canoe in the middle (across the gunnels). The overall size, width and height are nearly identical.

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