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Old 02-10-19, 01:21 PM
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I thought I'd share two recent acquisitions. The first one is a finely cast silver officers badge to the 1st Gurkhas ( possibly 3rd Btn ) - and if it is 3rd Btn then it will date to 1917 >1921. I exchanged it ( after a long correspondence ) with Ashok Nath who has probably the only other example in existence - the Gurkha Museum do not have one. It can be attributed to a Gurkha Jemedar who served with the 3/1 GR and was acquired in Dharamsala, where the 3rd Btn were raised. The second has less provenance but is equally interesting and unusual. I've never seen this pattern before - it probably dates to a similar period 1900 > 1911 ? It's Blackened cast brass and has a long slider which is highly unusual for the 1st GR's ( they are almost always with lugs) - it's a lovely tactile badge with a nice patina - it might be a trial piece ?
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Very nice Tim, Like the one on the left, but have doubts about the one on the right as Sliders tend to be WWI onwards.

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Hi Steve - it might be WW1 possibly one of the war raised Battalions - I dated it to pre 1911 only because of the shape of the POW feathers - which the Museum believes changed shape to upright feathers around 1911. However if the attribution to the 3/1 GR is correct, then the feathers on that are also splayed and the Btn wasn't raised until 1917 . Ashoks had a look at it and thinks its a "good un" . Tim
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I thought I'd share two recent acquisitions. The first one is a finely cast silver officers badge to the 1st Gurkhas ( possibly 3rd Btn ) - and if it is 3rd Btn then it will date to 1917 >1921. I exchanged it ( after a long correspondence ) with Ashok Nath who has probably the only other example in existence - the Gurkha Museum do not have one. It can be attributed to a Gurkha Jemedar who served with the 3/1 GR and was acquired in Dharamsala, where the 3rd Btn were raised. The second has less provenance but is equally interesting and unusual. I've never seen this pattern before - it probably dates to a similar period 1900 > 1911 ? It's Blackened cast brass and has a long slider which is highly unusual for the 1st GR's ( they are almost always with lugs) - it's a lovely tactile badge with a nice patina - it might be a trial piece ?
Lovely scarce badges, never seen previously, thanks for showing the images.
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