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Old 24-03-20, 11:17 AM
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Default Need help to ID the writing/language

I am struggling to ID the language on the tablet below this sphinx?

Common sense says it should read EGYPT in that language but may not.

Any help appreciated.

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Old 24-03-20, 12:39 PM
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Some of the letters look Greek, but not all. Wondering if it's one of the alphabets used to render Sudanese or Somali, or Egyptian Arabic, though it doesn't look very Arabic.
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Old 24-03-20, 12:42 PM
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Peter,

I have tried a on line translater for the word EGYPT but couldnt match it to any language???

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Old 24-03-20, 12:46 PM
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Hi Simon,

The fourth symbol from the left that looks like a capital E is 4 in Arabic. That doesn't preclude it from also being something else too.

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I thought it might be a Greek sigma for 'S' .......might it be antcient Greek rather than modern Greek?
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One confusing bit is English letters (or possibly Roman numerals) are included , could these refer to a specific military unit ?
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These are collar badges of the Dorsetshire Regiment with the sphinx over MARABOUT

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Klingon. . . it was the umlaut over the V that gave it away.

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These are officer’s collar badges of the Dorsetshire Regiment with the sphinx over MARABOUT

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Tim,they are ORs collar badges.
Officers collars attached.
When the 2nd Btn was in existence, their Officers wore the same without the enamelled tablet.
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Indeed but MARABOUT not EGYPT was the point!

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Couple of suggestions for consideration.

Egypt (battle honour)

"It was awarded to British units with the badge of the Sphinx and initially to Indian units simply as Egypt. Later, the badge of the Sphinx was taken into use by Indian units also."

Possible Indian connection ? (hindi/punjabi/bengali/gujarati)

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One confusing bit is English letters (or possibly Roman numerals) are included , could these refer to a specific military unit ?
Saw a badge of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Licolnshire Regiment , 2nd VOLr BATTn on plinth (and Lincolnshire on scroll underneath) .
I know this is different to badge shown but could it possibly be for another Volunteer unit ?
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All good suggestions thank you.

I have still been unable to ID the language.

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Old 25-03-20, 12:04 PM
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So, really, all we need is someone with the patience to piug "MARABOUT" and "Egypt" intio Google translate and look for matches with Arabic / Hindi / Bengali / ancient Greek ' Klingon.

Shouldn't be any time at all before we get an answer. Unless [unlikely] its a fantasy piece, in which case...
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According to Daniel Brinson in his work on the Insignia of Gloucestershire, the peculiar characters are a manufacturers idea of Greek. See pages 52 and 53.
I have an embroidered FSC badge with similar characters.
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Thanks for that.

Could you show me with a clear picture please, thats very blurred.

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