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Old 02-05-22, 05:40 PM
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Default Unknown Crowned monogram/cypher badges X 2

Submitted for your consideration are two Crowned, entwined initials, monogram cyphers badges, both in white metal, unmarked silver or silver plate. They are as follows:

Badge 1. (top). A series of entwined initials, as best as I can decipher, from left to right "M", "V", "L" and "C", surmounted by a Crown and the letter "I" or the number "1". It measures 75 mm (3 inches) high X 124 mm (4 7/8 inches) wide. It is quite robust in construction. The reverse has four screw posts, 1/2 inch in length.

Badge 2. (bottom). A series of entwined initials, as best as I can decipher, from left to right "L", "M", "V" and "C". Though it could be, alternatively, an "M" and "H" in there. Initials surmounted by a Crown and the letter "I" or the number "1". It measures 55 mm (2 1/8 inches) high X 70 mm (2 3/4 inches) wide. It is quite robust in construction. The reverse has three screw posts, 1/2 inch in length.

Any information on the identification, date and use of these insignia would be appreciated. Thank you.

with kindest regards to all,

Tim
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Old 02-05-22, 07:30 PM
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Ive no idea, but they look nice and of good quality. I like them.
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Old 02-05-22, 11:37 PM
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Ive no idea, but they look nice and of good quality. I like them.
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Thank you, Andy. They are quite lovely and have a nice heft to them. Now, just to learn what they are!

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Old 03-05-22, 06:41 AM
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With the horizontal bar in both, I would say there's an H in there.
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I may be miles off - but first though was they reminded me of nurses silver buckles. H for Hospital?. Probably a total red herring ... but thought I would share. Probably very unlikely on second thoughts ...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Nurses-Belt.../bn_7022747931
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Possibly, The 1st Duke Of Manchester’s Light Horse Volunteer Cavalry?
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Old 03-05-22, 01:46 PM
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With the horizontal bar in both, I would say there's an H in there.
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Hello Alex,

Yes, I am inclined to agree that there is an "H" in there. Thank you.

all the best,

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I may be miles off - but first though was they reminded me of nurses silver buckles. H for Hospital?. Probably a total red herring ... but thought I would share. Probably very unlikely on second thoughts ...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Nurses-Belt.../bn_7022747931
Thank you, Mike.

I checked out the Nurse's belt buckles - quite stunning. I can see what put them in mind as a possibility. The hunt continues!

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Possibly, The 1st Duke Of Manchester’s Light Horse Volunteer Cavalry?
Hi Ben,

Thank you for your input - the deciphered letters and number "1" make sense. I did search about the web/googling and came up with some pictures of insignia from that unit. Unfortunately, nothing that looks like these and they were in gilding metal not silver/white metal - also with the ducal crown as opposed to the fuller crown here. Possibly, if it is "1st Duke Of Manchester’s Light Horse Volunteer Cavalry," these are from another time period.

With any luck, there are other examples of these pieces - or photos/illustrations or descriptions in regulations that will give us "proof positive." All inputs are welcome and are helping to steer us onto the eventual right track.

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Tim, need to re read my books more often! Here are both of your badges, I was nearly right, it’s actually The 1st Middlesex Light Horse, raised Jan 1861, disbanded Dec 5 1866. Image taken from ‘Light Horse and Mounted Rifle Volunteers 1860-1901’ by W.Y Carman.
Mystery solved, regards, Ben.
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Tim, need to re read my books more often! Here are both of your badges, I was nearly right, it’s actually The 1st Middlesex Light Horse, raised Jan 1861, disbanded Dec 5 1866. Image taken from ‘Light Horse and Mounted Rifle Volunteers 1860-1901’ by W.Y Carman.
Mystery solved, regards, Ben.
Hello Ben,

Wow - you absolutely nailed it! Many, many thanks. This is very exciting. I certainly can't fault anyone for the ID not coming immediately to hand. It seems a small, short-lived, long-ago unit.

Now, it's my turn to be a little red-faced. In my library, I have that book. Somehow the recollection of the image eluded me. Thank goodness for exquisite reference books like Mr. Carman's and moveover, fellow hobbyists with the good sense to know where to look. I am most obliged to you. Mystery solved!

with very best wishes,

Tim
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You’re very welcome Tim, I love these ‘lightbulb’ moments!
Best, Ben.
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You’re very welcome Tim, I love these ‘lightbulb’ moments!
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You are so right. Let's keep those bulbs burning bright!

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Tim, need to re read my books more often! Here are both of your badges, I was nearly right, it’s actually The 1st Middlesex Light Horse, raised Jan 1861, disbanded Dec 5 1866. Image taken from ‘Light Horse and Mounted Rifle Volunteers 1860-1901’ by W.Y Carman.
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Excellent.
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Thank you, Andy. It's great when it all comes together so nicely.

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