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Old 19-10-11, 10:01 PM
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Default South Wales Borderers Collars - Are they?

I have had these for way over 20 years, and in my complete ignorance thought they were from a Royal Anglian Regiment battalion as they were rather like the Lincolnshire Regiment badge. However, after seeing the clip from Zulu in the programme about the Royal Welsh on telly recently, I suddenly remembered that they may have been bought at the South Wales Borderers museum as a present.
I really hadn't ever given them a lot of thought, but after a bit of a shine, I thought I should really do something about them.

Again, apologies for lack of knowledge. Glad they did away with guru status. I would never have felt comfortable with it!

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Old 20-10-11, 05:48 PM
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I have had these for way over 20 years, and in my complete ignorance thought they were from a Royal Anglian Regiment battalion as they were rather like the Lincolnshire Regiment badge. However, after seeing the clip from Zulu in the programme about the Royal Welsh on telly recently, I suddenly remembered that they may have been bought at the South Wales Borderers museum as a present.
I really hadn't ever given them a lot of thought, but after a bit of a shine, I thought I should really do something about them.

Again, apologies for lack of knowledge. Glad they did away with guru status. I would never have felt comfortable with it!

John
There were 5 regiments with the sphinx as a collar badge but two of them, including the SWB had a 'male' sphinx with no breasts. Of the three female sphinx one had Marabout rather than Egypt on the plinth. Of the two remaining female sphinx only that for the Gloucestershire regiment had the letters EGYPT with 'serifs', as per your pair of badges.
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Old 20-10-11, 07:58 PM
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Toby,
The SWB wore both Male and Female Sphinx pattern collars. The Officers generally wearing the female pattern.
The ones shown here look to me like Fig.665 Churchill.
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Old 21-10-11, 03:26 PM
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The SWB wore both Male and Female Sphinx pattern collars. The Officers generally wearing the female pattern.
The ones shown here look to me like Fig.665 Churchill.
Thank you for that 41st, it just goes to show what a minefield the Sphinx variations can be. I must admit that the head dress of the sphinx did not look quite like the Gloucestershire versions that I have seen, even though everything else fitted, but I thought it might have been a manufacturers variation.
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Old 21-10-11, 04:06 PM
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Both the Lincolnshire Regt and SWB were, at one time, authorised to wear identical OR collar badges: WM Sphinx. The Priced Vocabularies of Clothing & Necessaries show the identical badge for the volumnes published from 1929 until 1940 (after which collar badges weren't officially worn on battledress).

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