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Old 18-02-19, 11:16 AM
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I finally got my hands on an example of this silver 8th Gurkha Rifles badge with scroll and pin fastening. There is an example shown in the museum's book but it says that its "not known when or where this badge was worn" and it it's "possible that it might be a sweetheart brooch" - I'm convinced it is a badge worn by the Regt - the pin fastening is very "stout" - but more to the point there is an example next to it of a similar badge post 1947 to the 8th Gorkha Rifles ( note the different spelling) and this is clearly a badge with 4 lugs. So my guess is that it had a specific user in the Regiment which has been carried onto this day with the present Regiment. Whether it's for a warrant officer , pipe major, or servant ( unlikely given it's silver) - but if anyone has any ideas then please let me know. Tim
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Old 18-02-19, 11:50 AM
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Tim,

I note on the earlier example that the pin is upside down, which is unusual for any military badge because it comes undone the badge would slip off.

Does this give you any clues as to the item of clothing it may have worn on?

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Old 18-02-19, 12:09 PM
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Hi Simon - I pondered on that then realised it's almost certainly done for atheistic reasons - the bottom of the pin fixing would be visible if it was reversed and placed on the "8" - where as the clasp is neatly hidden. It's exactly the same on the one another forum member showed some months ago. Tim
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Old 18-02-19, 01:18 PM
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Tim,

I see your point but it would have been just as easy to place it the right way up with the hinge between the top of the crossed kukris.

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