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Old 19-09-22, 05:22 PM
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Default 4/8th Gurkha Rifles Badge

Delighted to have just acquired this badge - one I'd never seen before. Apparently, it was worn by the Commandant's stick orderly of the 4/8GR battalion - awarded to the smartest rifleman in the battalion - who would then stand guard outside of the commandant's office. It's rare that a Gurkha badge has a distinguishing battalion number - and as far as I know only 2 of these survive. It's marked silver and made by Barton's.
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Old 19-09-22, 08:42 PM
Piffer Piffer is offline
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Nice badge and rare.
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Old 21-09-22, 08:48 PM
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Good find Tim, nice badge.
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Old 22-09-22, 01:50 PM
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And clearly 'worn with pride' from years of polishing. Very nice.
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Old 23-09-22, 09:24 AM
Khyber Khyber is offline
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Nice badge Tim,
I don't collect Gurkha badges but would surely have liked to have this one -- also because I have a lot of badges, medals and spoons by Barton. They are usually very well made.

Their showroom in Bangalore has lots of lovely modern silver stuff but no badges/medals. I asked the proprietor if he had any stocks from the old pre-Independence days tucked away somewhere but they have nothing. I wonder what happened to the original dies..
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