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Old 08-05-15, 04:47 AM
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Default 12th Australian Light Horse (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry)

Hello all,
I'd like some help to find out more about this badge. I gather from web info that it could be fairly scarce. Also is it classed as a Colonial Badge?

It's brass and approx. 62mm high x 50mm wide.

Was it a cap or a helmet plate? It has east, west lugs but there also appears to be what could be a missing fixing point at the top. Not sure about it as it doesn't look as if it was broken.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 08-05-15, 05:13 AM
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It's a sand cast militia light horse slouch hat badge.

Worn between 1900 and 1912. They were an Australian militia unit in Tasmania.

Usually should be a crisply stamped badge however I have seen other Tasmanian light horse badges pre WW1 that were sandcast so it may well be authentic.

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Old 08-05-15, 05:25 AM
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Thanks Mick. It was bought in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in the mid to late 1940's by my brother. I'm not sure if fakes were as prolific around that time?
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A strange place to find a badge like that but I think it probably is ok.

I believe that they may have had sand cast badges made up when official stocks ran dry.

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hi all
just out of interest, who here beleives that badges from the 1900 and 1912 period were ever sand cast?
i have spoken to many collectors, dealers and authors and they have given their oppinions. just interested in others views here.
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