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Old 14-02-21, 03:27 PM
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I think the first 'officer badge' is a staff badge, worn by Staff Sgts and above, the second officer badge looks like a silver one which would be an officer badge. Both lovely badges so pity the antlers have been damaged.
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Old 15-02-21, 12:43 AM
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Just what the criteria is for determining a "staff" badge from that of an officer's I have never been able to discern.
I am quite sure that many badges thought be for senior NCOs were worn by officers and vice versa.
It is heart breaking to see these badges with broken antlers, but it is unfortunately all to common.

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Old 15-02-21, 10:26 AM
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Good question, I don't know. My guess is regimentally issued badges were not silver and issued to Snr NCOs as well as officers, but then officers could privately purchase silver badges.
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Old 15-02-21, 04:57 PM
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There was nothing to prevent an NCO from purchasing or receiving a hallmarked badge either. For me, I refer to any of these badges as NCO/officer and make no further distinction.

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Old 15-02-21, 05:56 PM
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Many of the Scottish Regimental cap badges existed unchanged for 100 years and were either handed on from father to son or pooled and ‘loaned’ to WOs and SNCOs.

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Old 18-02-21, 02:53 PM
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Hi Alex,

Agree with the comments made above but as general rule the SNCO's /staff badge was made of white metal and the officers' badges were silver. There is also an element of 'fashion' with the badges. Although I have studied many photos showing this was NOT the case at the start of the 20th Century, when I served (80's) the officers preferred the antlers crushed down and the SNCO's used the long elongated antlers (known as seagull catchers
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Old 19-02-21, 05:40 AM
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Hi Neil
Thanks for the extra info. That makes a lot of sense as I have often seen officer badges with the antlers bent in, as well as the 'staff' badges with the antlers extended.
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