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Old 27-05-21, 08:05 AM
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Good day, Can anyone tell me the reason why some RUC badges have 7 strings on the harp,and some 9? Do the number of strings indicate earlier and latter issues? I have seen the 7 string being sold as 'B' Specials, but I don't think that's right.
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Old 27-05-21, 12:11 PM
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I have a fairly good collection of RIC/RUC badges but I'm no expert. I always assumed (probably wrongly) that they were simply manufacturers variations. There is also the thorny issue of the basic design being used by organisations other than the RIC/RUC. There are diverse opinions as to what are Constabulary badges and what are not. Perhaps someone with greater knowledge than I can assist.

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Old 27-05-21, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for your input Dave. You're probably right with the variation theory. I think the 'B' specials line is probably used for the 7 string harp, by sellers who either just want to charge a lot more because of the different design, or maybe those who have seen the variation on a 'b' special photo.
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Hi Billy, Forum member peterMc is the expert you need.

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Do you mean these? Both as cap badge and collar badges?
If so then they were RUC pattern issue in the 1960's (I dont have exact dates to hand right now) prior to reverting to the more traditional 9 string versions in the 70's. So worn by both RUC and 'B' Special Constabulary.
Nothing special about them to charge a premium on, though getting (slightly) harder to find compared to the later RUC ones.
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That's the very one Peter. Thanks for the information.
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