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Old 04-01-22, 01:36 PM
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Hi All,

Just trying to find out a bit more information on this badge to correctly label up its description. A Victorian RA busby badge. I believe it to be Officers. Base metal is brass then a seam where it goes to WM ? or sliver plate ? Then a SP centre scroll/motif ? And can anyone tell me the aprox period worn.

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Old 04-01-22, 01:38 PM
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Its a British Volunteer Artillery, officers Silver plated Busby badge/Plume holder.

Worn 1860-78.

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Old 04-01-22, 01:50 PM
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Much appreciated Simon.

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Old 04-01-22, 01:52 PM
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PS - how difficult would it be to obtain an original plume for it ?

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Old 05-01-22, 04:08 AM
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I have always admired these plume sockets but have never been able to find out whether all the six varieties that I have were worn in Australia by the colonies of NSW or Victoria. Also worn in New Zealand.
There are WM and gilt badges with the royal cypher both officer and OR.
My question is: do gilt badges exist (like the ones scanned) with the gun in the centre? Never seen one.
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They shouldnt do, never seen one, but never say never.

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Old 05-01-22, 11:38 AM
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I can’t imagine many plumes survive well after 120 years unless very well stored. If well enough looked after to survive until now I expect they’d likely be with the plume holder itself. But as Simon said, never say never.
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My reply was to the question of Gilt badges, not plumes.

I have had several original plumes and only sold 2 a year ago.

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Old 05-01-22, 12:33 PM
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Really I had no idea they were so common, haven’t see one in a long time. Good to know they’re still out there!
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I have this black plume which is well preserved in a black japanned metal tube that opens at both ends. Probably more than 100 years old!

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I have this black plume which is well preserved in a black japanned metal tube that opens at both ends. Probably more than 100 years old!

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Now that is lovely.

Judging by the tube itself and colour of the wood and metal on the plume base I too should think over 100 years old.
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Did RA wear a black plume rather than white?
I've seen photos of a white metal RA grenade / plume holder paired with a maroon plume but don't know whether this oil correct.
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Old 05-01-22, 02:11 PM
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PS - how difficult would it be to obtain an original plume for it ?

Mark
Hi Mark, If you can't find an original then this company can help,

they make all the plumes and hackles for the British and Commonwealth forces.

http://theplumery.co.uk/

best regards John
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Old 05-01-22, 11:16 PM
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Why did some wear the the gun variety and others the coat of arms?
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Old 06-01-22, 12:10 AM
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many thanks for all replies. Sorry to have missed yours for sale Simon. Can only ask - if someone sees one for sale, please let me know.

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