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Old 09-03-21, 04:04 PM
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Default North Durban Regiment Cap Buttons Question.

I have this cap, is the cap badge correct for it please?

Instead of chinstrap buttons it is fitted with small round, flat metal plates which have blades which pierce the fabric and fold back to clamp them in place.
Are these metal plates the backs of damaged proper army "buttons" or are they just some incorrect paper clip type fittings that have been attached by a collector or dealer please?
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Old 12-03-21, 09:29 AM
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Leigh

Its title is just "Durban Regiment".

To be honest I'm not sure if the cap is correct but maybe for mess dress purposes. I will do some digging.

Those "buttons" are actually paper clip holders for cardboard files.

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Old 12-03-21, 09:52 AM
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Thanks, I don't know why I added the "North".
I wondered if the chinstrap "studs" were some form of paperclip but wasn't sure.
The only images I've seen of the Durban Regiment's caps have been of what the British would term "OSD", green ones, not coloured "Forage Caps".
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Old 23-09-21, 11:11 AM
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I've seen images of this badge design with the metals reversed, the eagle in yellow metal, remainder in white metal, what's the significance please?
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Old 23-09-21, 12:38 PM
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A couple of posts from a Durban Regiment blog/forum :

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Not sure whether you are aware of this but the initial striking of the Durban Reg. badge had eagle in gold with the background and insignia in silver!
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If anybody is interested I still have my original beret and collar badges with gold eagle and silver shell
And from a South African "bid or buy" site :

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Durban Regiment Badge - First Issue - Issued Incorrectly.

This badge had been issued in the 1960's but was incorrect in that the eagle had to be in silver and the shell in gold.

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Old 23-09-21, 12:40 PM
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Thanks for that.
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Old 24-09-21, 02:55 AM
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Leigh,
I have two buttons (studs), with similar pronged attachments, along with the twisted gold bullion chinstrap that fitted to a cap. The buttons (studs) were for the Argentinian Army, I think. I'm unable to photograph these as they are packed somewhere pending a house move.
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Old 24-09-21, 05:06 AM
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Thanks, a quick and convenient way to fix cap buttons, I think the only similar method of attachment (wire prongs) I've seen used on British cap buttons is on a Royal Dragoon Guards forage cap I have.
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My knowledge of these things is limited but I think the cap is a made up item. When the regiment was formed, berets were mostly used and the army caps were khaki with a khaki peak or brown leather peak. That cap definitely looks like it has some age but I would say it pre-dates the regiment.
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Old 24-09-21, 07:32 AM
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I'm thinking it's perhaps of 1960's manufacture, I don't know which unit / units would've worn what in British usage would be a "Royal Regiment" cap other than the lack of red piping to the crown.
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When the regiment was formed, berets were mostly used and the army caps were khaki with a khaki peak or brown leather peak.
Found a group photo of the Durban Regiment intake in 1962 taken at 1SSB Training Regiment Bloemfontein.

https://www.fad.co.za/wp-content/upl...anRegt0011.jpg

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Old 24-09-21, 10:05 AM
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Thanks a springbok head cap badge by the look of it?
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Found a group photo of the Durban Regiment intake in 1962 taken at 1SSB Training Regiment Bloemfontein.

https://www.fad.co.za/wp-content/upl...anRegt0011.jpg

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Great photo, thanks. Those are the caps I was describing, khaki with a khaki cloth covered peak.
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