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Old 26-05-17, 11:15 AM
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Hi Steve,

I couldn't view the images via the forum but my email notification did provide the link, I've saved those so hope OK to post direct here for them to display. Nice looking Type A & Type B officer's.
John

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Old 26-05-17, 11:27 AM
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Hi Mike,

That's an impressive collection any Recce collector would love to have. Again Type A and Type B officer's, I wonder if the other Types are that much more unusual?

And that Indian Head - exceptionally rare badge since it must have been made as a trial by Gaunt, the design committee rejected it with these fairly harsh words 'We do not like the Indian's Head .. because it is foreign.' They also designed another Indian Head with the head alone above a scroll entitled 'Infantry Reconnaissance Corps', the designs being conceived before the Corps' name had been finalised. Gaunt's produced at least 6 designs other than that chosen and even Rex Whistler got in on the act providing selection of proposed designs. Any others actually manufactured for trial??

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Although my main interest is Commando insignia I have accumulated a few Reconnaissance corps items over the years. I am far from an expert in this area but have been cautious in sourcing items, to avoid any reproductions. I always like to learn more from true specialists and enclose images of a couple of frames I have. Any comments appreciated. Please excuse the reflections in the glass - your truly to the right and a fellow forum member and friend to the left (with camera).
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Old 26-05-17, 06:46 PM
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John
Many thanks for the information. I also like the reference to Indian Head design in Len Whittaker's notes via Ian's response (link to his album in post 4 of this thread). Len really was a trail blazer and an icon in the field of Commando and Special forces too. He was a great friend when I started collecting in those areas. Your own explanation regarding the Indian head design is fascinating, and your knowledge impressive - exactly the reason why I shared my images, and as always proving correspondence through the forum all adds to our collective understanding.
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Thanks Ian, exceedingly drool-worthy! Really useful notes from Len Whittaker and mention of the Indian Head trial pattern, if you have an old copy of Military Illustrated 122 from the late nineties, there's an article 'Birth of a Cap Badge' by me with illustrations from the Public Record Office, as was, of the various designs put forward including the Indian Head.
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For those of you who don't have access to Mil Il, these sketches have been on my albums since 2009.

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Old 17-06-17, 12:41 PM
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Hello Stephen
I looked at your profile to see your albums ... not sure how to access the Military Illustrated item you refer to ... any guidance appreciated!
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Old 17-06-17, 03:21 PM
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Thanks Stephen, great what's available on the forum - save people searching, here's a link direct to this album http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...hp?albumid=331.
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Old 17-06-17, 03:27 PM
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The final image in your album is the Indian Head pattern which got to a trial die.

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Old 17-06-17, 05:26 PM
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John
Many thanks - you're a gent

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Great Album

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