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Old 06-10-22, 10:34 AM
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Default Royal Marines Cap Badge

Hi guys,

I would like to purchase a Royal Marines cap badge for green beret that could have been worn during the Normandy campaign (1944).

Here is a selection of what I found. Could anybody give me some help identifying if there are original or not and why ? (the plastic one is out of the scope).

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Old 06-10-22, 11:05 AM
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I can see nothing wrong with any of them.
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Old 06-10-22, 12:29 PM
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middle top would be my choice for WW2. Large flat crown.
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Rear of the badge picture isn't very good, just check that the definition of the stamping is similar to the first two.
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Rear of the badge picture isn't very good, just check that the definition of the stamping is similar to the first two.
Thanks guys. I was tempted to go with the one from the left. It looked more solid and more detailed, perhaps more bright. Are they all brass or bronze made (except the bakelite one) ?

Here are the back of the first 3 with more details I hope. Crown looks as large on the 1st no ?
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Old 06-10-22, 11:59 PM
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Any of the badges in post one could have been worn in WW2. There is no way to determine the period of manufacture. Plenty of badges made in WW1 were still issued and worn in WW2.
Any differences are solely manufacturers variations with the exception of the plastic (bakelite) one, which is unique to WW2 and it's maker.
None are brass or bronze, but gilding metal, which is an alloy of several different metals, of which there was no precise measure. The result gives badges a brighter brassy tone, or a darker copper or bronze tone as they patinate over time.
My personal favorite is the slider version, which is less common.
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