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Old 17-01-16, 02:07 AM
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Default 48th Highlanders cap badges evolution 1890's to post WWII

Thought that I would take some time and post some pictures of 48th Highlanders cap badges through the ages.
I do not claim to be an expert and always willing to learn more, I am actually not even really that interested in cap badges in general but I do collect 48th Highlanders regiment items so I need to cover this aspect.
I will post images of the cap badges as they evolved through the decades.

First up is the first cap badge worn by the regiment, dates from 1891-1902.
I have seen this badge lugged and with a broach pin.
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Old 17-01-16, 02:11 AM
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Next up in the evolution of the cap badges of the 48th Highlanders is this one, I have heard the term "shield badge" used to identify this cap badge. Worn from 1902-1911.
This badge was very short lived and seems to be hard to find than even the original cap badge from my experience.
There is also a silver version of this badge for officers.
Also pictured is a very rare brass shoulder title, I am not exactly sure when it was worn but it was early on in the history of the regiment.
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Old 17-01-16, 02:16 AM
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Hi 48th,
Thanks for showing your 48th badges.
I will look forward to seeing how the badge evolves.
Cheers, Tinto
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Old 17-01-16, 02:18 AM
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Here is another cap badge for the regiment, dates from 1914 for wear overseas. The word Canada has been added to the bottom.
Very beautiful badge in my opinion, not often seen as well. This badge has a leather cut out as the backing and a well worn remnant of Davidson pattern tartan backing.

Last two pictures are of the front and back of the same example but in white metal. There are no makers marks on the back.
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Old 17-01-16, 02:49 AM
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In WWI the 48th Highlanders recruited 3 battalions, 15th, 92nd and the 134th.
Here is the 15th Battalion and there shoulder patch. There were two variations of cap badges for the 15th battalion lovingly referred to as the small 48 and large 48th. I see the small variation more often.
Also pictured is a large 48 variation along side another large 48 that for what ever reason has had it's 15th Battalion scroll cut off the bottom. I often wonder if the scroll was cut off by a soldier so the badge could be used post WWI.

Picture with the red backing is not mine but it shows a 15th battalion intern cap badge. These were made up during the war when sufficient amounts of proper cap badges were not on hand yet for new recruits.
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Old 17-01-16, 02:56 AM
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Next we have the 92nd Battalion, I believe the battalion was only used as reinforcements for other battalions once they arrived in Europe.

2 variations of the 92nd Battalion cap badge are pictured, a full buckle and half buckle variation. The full buckle variation is very well struck and beautiful cap badge. Made by Ellis Bros Toronto.

I did not add the 92nd battalion draft badge earlier as I do not have one in my collection and likely never will due to the price they sell for. But the badge is part of the story so I borrowed this picture from the CEF gallery on this forum.
I do not know a lot about this rare draft badge so only going by memory of what I have read in the past.
The 92nd draft badge was issued to new recruits when the 92nd Battalion was being raised. Not sure if it was issued because the proper cap badge was not ready or if it was just a nice little incentive to get men to sign up? If anyone has more information on it please let me know and I will update this section.
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Old 17-01-16, 03:01 AM
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The 134th Battalion is next. Very nice cap badge, again made by Ellis Bros. Toronto.
This variation also came in Sterling Silver for officers.
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