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Old 10-12-17, 01:22 PM
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Jim,

In WW1 there were No.2 and No. 4 manufactured, the No.2's having the impracticable fold over tangs to the rear and were replaced by the loops on the No. 4.

I have never seen or heard of No.'s 1 & 3, but logic says they must have been created, but probably never accepted or made.

I have 2 different types of No. 2 and 8 different types of No. 4.

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Well at long last I have proved there is indeed a No. 3 Wounded Stripe.

Manufacturer marked by both S.S. Ltd and also Marsh & Co. Birmingham.

Very rare and never seen another.

Both the stripe and the back plate are designated No. 3

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Old 10-12-17, 04:30 PM
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Nice find Simon. Russia braid in its original (braid) form came in different widths, known as russia braid No 3, etc. I have presumed the references to numbers on the metal examples refer to the width of the strip corresponding to its braid counterpart, No 4 certainly does. You might be able to confirm that having three numbers now!
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Old 10-12-17, 06:31 PM
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Keith,

The widths of all the examples have no noticeable differences.

I believe the numbering is sequential in date of Patents Applied For/Pending.

The absence of any Wounded Stripe marked No. 1 is understandable as often is the case with the "first" example of a product. People dont immediately anticipate a "second".

The first 3 examples were unsuited to purpose and no doubt prone to breakages.

The only Patent I can find that was Accepted was for the No. 4 Wounded Stripe on 22.5.1918, albeit submitted on 22.5.1917 and no doubt worn well before acceptance.

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