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Old 25-02-21, 10:02 PM
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Default Interesting modification to OSD Badge

These picture were sent to me, so thought they might be worth sharing.
Leinster Regiment OSD badge, however the rear loops have been removed and a slider has been added then the badge has been refinished. An interesting modification.

I think if this was to pop up on eBay there would be many questions about it, however this particular badge belonged to the commander in chief of the regiment, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), as evident by the label and the 1997 catalogue of the sale mentions 3 bronze badges with sliders.

Interesting if anything!

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Old 26-02-21, 01:13 AM
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 26-02-21, 02:28 PM
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There is a discussion on sliders on officers' badges in Dennis Wood's book on The Fifth Fusiliers and its badges, 2014 (2nd Edn),
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Old 26-02-21, 05:19 PM
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I have an Intelligence Corps OSD cap badge fitted with a slider.
It appears to have been manufactured that way, rather than the tangs removed although they may have been very neatly removed and the OSD finish reapplied.
(Picked up at "Treasure Hunters" beneath Charing Cross Station, November 1981, for 25P).
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Old 26-02-21, 10:42 PM
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I believe what you have there Leigh is a badge made from a cast of an OSD badge. You can see the scars on the reverse from the blade on the original badge used to create the mould. Note how it’s lost detail in places like on the crown and N in the process.

So a theatre made badge as they say... whether the theatre was the Hackney Empire or ye olde frontiers of Empire I’m no sage on these but I’d say it looks old and period.
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Old 27-02-21, 07:00 AM
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I hadn't noticed the flaws on the obverse, didnt look too closely, it was just another OSD badge albeit with slider. I took the nubs on the reverse to be markers for tangs that were never added.

There was for a short while a shop under the station that sold items including ground dug badges, I asked where they were sourcing the badges and was told from a large army base area in the UK, they obviously feared that I'd rock up there with a trowel and a JCB if they were more specific.
It could be that "Treasure Hunters" was that shop doing what it said on the can in which case this badge was probably at least worn if not manufactured in the UK.
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Old 27-02-21, 11:17 AM
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Yes, I remember the badge shop under the arches, Charing Cross.
When that closed there were badge stalls (I can't remember what it was called) just near Angel Islington tube station.
Not many more now - but two in Cecil Court
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Old 27-02-21, 11:59 AM
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It was one or two units away from the shop that really stood out as a badge shop and which went under various names including "Albermerle Antiques" and "The Badger" or "Badger's Den" or similar. I think "Treasure Hunters" did'nt last long.
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Cecil Court has an amazing Map Shop also Bryars & Bryars many original contemporary maps to be had i have spent hours in all three shops all very welcoming well worth a visit
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Julian, the stalls and various outlets close to The Angel was Camden Passage.

Many a good badge could be found there by scouring in boxes and tins in some of the smaller outlets and stalls away from the main dealers, most of whom were situated in the downstairs area, the covered mall or in one of the premises outside.

Happy days indeed.

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Old 27-02-21, 09:04 PM
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I assume that is actually a collar badge that has been ruined, was it expensive?
I cannot imagine that David himself would have had it altered, but, it may well have ended up in his possession at some point.



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These picture were sent to me, so thought they might be worth sharing.
Leinster Regiment OSD badge, however the rear loops have been removed and a slider has been added then the badge has been refinished. An interesting modification.

I think if this was to pop up on eBay there would be many questions about it, however this particular badge belonged to the commander in chief of the regiment, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), as evident by the label and the 1997 catalogue of the sale mentions 3 bronze badges with sliders.

Interesting if anything!

Stephen
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Old 28-02-21, 05:25 PM
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I presumed it was a converted collar badge. In total there are three badges, all converted the same way, presumable one for a cap badge and two for collars.

As they were originally sold in 1998 with all his other insignia, it seems likely they were the badges he used for his service dress uniform. Why converted that way, who knows!

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I assume that is actually a collar badge that has been ruined, was it expensive?
I cannot imagine that David himself would have had it altered, but, it may well have ended up in his possession at some point.
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Old 28-02-21, 05:32 PM
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I would be very surprised indeed, if they were actually ever worn by him, why would he wear a collar badge upon SD tunic with a slider?


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I presumed it was a converted collar badge. In total there are three badges, all converted the same way, presumable one for a cap badge and two for collars.

As they were originally sold in 1998 with all his other insignia, it seems likely they were the badges he used for his service dress uniform. Why converted that way, who knows!
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Old 28-02-21, 05:52 PM
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Speculation on my part, a friend sent me the picture. I thought it was an interesting modification. The fact there are three was interesting too. As to there purpose, I guess who knows.
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