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Old 04-10-07, 03:58 AM
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Default Artillery............the Gun badge

Hi ,
I'm new here ,as are most others also.
Hope we can all make this new site ,really great !

Ive always been fascinated by the varieties of the standard style Artillery 'Gun' badge.
At a distance they all look exactly the same & are easily recognised.
Up close , there are more numerous variations than any other British cap badge ,that I can think of. Especially when including Commonwealth countries.
Would like to see & show how many we can eventually come up with ??

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Old 04-10-07, 06:08 AM
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Default The Badge.....but very,very large !

OK !
Just to start the ball rolling here..............
A very large badge,probably meant to indicate an Artillery Regt. controlled area/sphere of official influence/or Depot.Made of cast brass & painted,as shown.
Fence,gate,building,office,HQ,room.....unknown actual purpose,but I know of 2 varieties of this ,from NZ. Would like to know if other countries used similar devices?
The smaller item is the standard sized cap badge,to give a size contrast.
This smaller badge is also a little different from the normal, in that it is a standard NZ badge ,die-struck,but with blades & silver/nickle-dipped for bandsmen's use.

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Old 06-10-07, 10:23 AM
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Another example..........exceedingly rare, from Canada, this time.
'Nova Scotia Seige Artillery draft'. WW1 ,made from the standard Canadian variety,with Maple Leaf wreath.The centre is cut out & replaced by a specifically made central disk,that is 'sweated' on top.

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Old 10-10-07, 06:03 AM
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A few more to help this thread along...........
firstly,Canada again here.
The more standard style ,with 'Canada' on the top scroll,then after the change to 'Ubique', I think around 1923 (cannot find the exact date at the moment) But firstly,the commoner WW2 variety ,with large barrel & cascabel(big knob at the back)
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Old 10-10-07, 06:09 AM
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Then a couple from Australia........
Letters on scolls ,with & without serifs on the letters.
As yet have not been able to find if this is a period difference or just a maker's variation.
Anyone able to help here ?
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Old 10-10-07, 06:19 AM
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And then a couple from South Africa,While still a part of the British Empire/Commonwealth.........
Natal (Field Artillery) & Transvaal (Horse Artillery)
Have still to acquire the Cape Colony (Coast Artillery) version.
Will post the Bi-Lingual (& later variety) at a future time.
Any information on these would be most appreciated.

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Old 13-10-07, 05:18 AM
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The South Africa Bi-Lingual version.
This variety is also found in a bronzed/darker-coloured variation.
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Old 13-10-07, 05:27 AM
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Malta....
KC standard BM badge & KC aluminium(or similar)painted ,WW2 shortness of supply variety(?) . Would appreciate good info for this one !
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Old 13-10-07, 05:29 AM
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Fiji.......QC brass
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Old 13-10-07, 05:46 AM
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New Zealand,my home Country,but just a few examples only ,as there are many very rare variations that I cannot justify purchasing for what is really only a side-line collecting interest. But will endeavour to post pics of some ,at a future time, from the more specialised collections of friends.
Or if anyone else has them ,then please feel free to show them here !
As with any others that fellow collectors feel are worth posting pics of here.

First the standard WW1 variety,found with only the central 'full stop' also.
Secondly an odd locally produced variation.Have seen the very large HQ (see 1st post)type in this style also.
Thirdly a terribly badly made,but origional WW1 variation, locally made also.

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Old 13-10-07, 05:57 AM
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The Mother Country, Great Britain , coming soon,when I can get a chance to remove them from their display boards. There are quite a few of these ,but if anyone wants to pre-empt this,& save me a good deal of time & effort,then post away while the option is still open here.

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Old 13-10-07, 07:12 AM
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Ooops!
Double posted here.

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Some more from NZ........
1st...front pic of standard( 1 only ,central 'full-stop') silver dipped for
bandsmen.This is the one used as a comparison in size ,with the first pic,
next to the extra large variety.This has a moving, extra top wheel also. A common variation , found on a lot of Artillery badges.
2nd ...pic of back showing this as die-struck,with 3 blade fixing.
3rd....modern QC brass variety ,(3 lug fixing)
4th....beret version (2 lugs N-S positioning) with MOD 'Sample ' tag.
5th....British badge ,used by NZ bandsman (likely WW1)here. Also dipped in nickle.
6th....back pic.showing an odd construction,& very unusual,using the origional slider,shortened,& a new bottom 'blade',to make it clip over the standard NZ Artillery Pugaree,so as not to damage the 'Lemon-Squeezer' style hat.

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Old 17-10-07, 07:56 AM
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Part 2 for above post........
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Here's a few form Great Britain to get the ball rolling:

A Volunteer Force Artillery badge from 1902-08 I think ?
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