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Old 13-07-16, 01:49 PM
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I just received this badge which looks good to me. It is a full size silver cap badge but with a short slider. Does anybody know anything about this style of badge? It isn't a Birmingham Mint version and I'm pretty sure it's genuine though it seems strange that it is silver and not gilt. Maybe a colonial artillery badge before they had their own ones made? I gave is a bit of a clean with silver foam and it came out beautifully, so before and after pics.
Thanks in advance for any info. Cheers,
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Old 13-07-16, 02:51 PM
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Hi Alex, I'm afraid I can't offer any help but one thing that seems a bit strange is the short slider. With such a big badge I wouldn't have thought it would have stayed in a cap easily, at least not without some sort of other attachment. Maybe Marc, our RA buff can shed some light on it?

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Hello,
Thats a lovely original badge. Probably Territorial Officers cap.

It probably had a loop at the bottom under the slider to hold it in place.

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Old 13-07-16, 03:38 PM
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Hello,
Thats a lovely original badge. Probably Territorial Officers cap.

It probably had a loop at the bottom under the slider to hold it in place.

regards
Thanks, good to know! A nice little bargain then!
It's possible there was something removed below the slider but if there was, it was done very carefully. Not sure if the mark there is from the manufacture or removing a lug.
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Old 14-07-16, 12:58 PM
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I thought about Territorial too - or, more likely, a Volunteer unit.
But they wouldn't have had UBIQUE over the gun !
Try Norman Lichfield's books

BTW most 'tongue and loop' type fixtures have the 'tongue' at the bottom and the loop at the top !
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Old 14-07-16, 01:14 PM
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Hi KLR
I don't have Lichfield's books or even access to them, what are they about, RA badges?
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Old 14-07-16, 03:09 PM
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I thought about Territorial too - or, more likely, a Volunteer unit.
But they wouldn't have had UBIQUE over the gun !
Try Norman Lichfield's books

BTW most 'tongue and loop' type fixtures have the 'tongue' at the bottom and the loop at the top !
The Territorial Bn.'s of the RA dispensed with the laurel wreath top scroll after WW1 and were allowed to use UBIQUE like the regulars.

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Old 14-07-16, 06:31 PM
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Hi KLR
I don't have Lichfield's books or even access to them, what are they about, RA badges?
Cheers,
Alex
Hi Alex,

Norman Litchfield wrote The Volunteer Artillery 1859-1908, The Militia Artillery 1852-1909, and The Territorial Artillery 1908-1988. Each book lists each unit by county and shows all its known badges and peculiarities of dress. Terrific pieces of work.

He also wrote short books on RA shoulder titles, buttons, collar badges and pagri flashes. Very informative but hard to get in their original form.

I don't recall however that a silver badge with UBIQUE is shown in them, the subject of silver and whitemetal RA badges has surfaced on the forum previously.

Cheers, Keith
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Old 14-07-16, 08:06 PM
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If the slider braze and wire pins are all the same colour then it may be plated.
Just a thought.
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