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Old 29-05-20, 11:49 AM
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Default Mystery Rhodesian Regiment item.

This a bit of a different "mystery" as I already know the unit and even the maker - I just don't know what it is. The badge is obviously to the Rhodesian Regiment - in heavy cast white metal ( possibly silver ) with a gilt QC - ( I've not seen that combination before ) - it measures 46mm wide x 60mm high.
It was under glass for at least 50 years having been in a frame that hung in the Potters boardroom. Potters were instrument and insignia manufacturers to the British Army since 1810. The frame was put together in the early 1960's and contained examples of military badges that they had produced for various armies. The real mystery is that it's double sided with no obvious fixings. My best guess given it's provenance is that its the top of a bandmasters mace and would have been silver soldered onto it. Unless anyone has a better theory? It's obviously rare, if not unique - and I'll probably be moving it on - happy to give forum members first call on it - my preference would be to exchange it for Gurkha items - if not I'll probably list it on ebay. Tim.
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Old 29-05-20, 12:22 PM
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What ever it is Tim, it's a nice thing - Regards Mark
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Old 29-05-20, 01:05 PM
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My best guess given it's provenance is that its the top of a bandmasters mace and would have been silver soldered onto it.
Mess silverware or on top of sporting/shooting cup ?
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Old 29-05-20, 06:02 PM
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Pretty sure it wouldn’t be mess silver only because as far as I’m aware Potters never made that. Again happy to be corrected.
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Old 29-05-20, 09:52 PM
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My thinking was that a specialist jeweller/silversmith would make the mess item/trophy but the regimental adornment (badge) on top would come from a badge maker (ie Potters) who would have the correct dies etc.
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Old 30-05-20, 08:40 AM
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I hadn't thought of that Mike - I was hoping a member might have a photo of the Regimental Band in the late 50's early 60's that would show the Bandmaster's mace and prove one way or another. Tim
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You're probably right with your suggestion , I just thought that throwing around and catching a mace with basically a 'ninja star' on the end may be dangerous !
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