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Old 16-11-11, 01:25 AM
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Default sweet Calgary Tanks

Here's a sweet little oddity from today's mail: reversed metal Calgary Tanks that someone has very carefully silver, and I think, gold plated to 'correct' the badge. Only the highlights on the crown, leaves and flowers, and the unicorn and bull fronts have been silver plated, and the shield, scroll and halo overlays are either gold plated or have been replaced with brass pieces (I don't think I want to scratch through one to find out). Back view shows the untouched brass base. Much, much prettier in hand than in the scanner glare. I'm a happy little collector today
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Old 16-11-11, 01:59 AM
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Interesting badge David! Nice find... any background on where/who it came from or another one of countless orphan badges?
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Old 16-11-11, 05:08 AM
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Just another nameless orphan unfortunately. I'll ask the seller, but I don't hold out much hope beyond 'found in a house clearance' or some such.
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very nice badge David.

Do you know what the story is behind the reverse colored Calgary regt. badges?

i have heard two stories about this; 1 they were made like this by mistake and 2 they are an earlier version and used before they became a tank regt.

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very nice badge David.

Do you know what the story is behind the reverse colored Calgary regt. badges?

i have heard two stories about this; 1 they were made like this by mistake and 2 they are an earlier version and used before they became a tank regt.

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Nothing definitive that I know of. I've just heard they are an error. Apparently all are from Birks, although not all are maker marked.

As a Calgary Tanks error aside, there are King's Own Calgary Regiment QC badges which are gun metal grey with brass gilt overlays. I've heard a story that these are also errors, because a tarnished badge was sent for duplication and the maker matched the colour of the tarnished metal instead of making the base piece white metal.
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Old 17-11-11, 06:00 AM
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Curiouser and curiouser. Turns out, after some judicious investigating, that this badge is all brass. The three overlay pieces are solid brass as well as the base, and not plated.
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