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Zululand Mounted Rifles Collar Badge, circa 1903 - 1913
Very scarce Zululand Mounted Rifles (ZMR) collar badge, right facing, worn only c. 1904 -1913. Gilt suggests officer's issue, die struck, with two original lugs to the reverse. Circa 3.1cm tall and 3.4cm wide. Rhino above motto scroll is "Wa Tshe Tsha" and the scroll below this carries the words Zululand Mounted Rifles. Some slight wear to gilt on highpoints but a very scarce badge.
The ZMR were absorbed by the Umvoti Mounted Rifles in 1913, one of many units that disappeared after the Union of South Africa was established.
The ZMR took part in the Natal 1906 campaign, suppressing the Bambata ( Zulu ) rebellion. Despite being a very small unit (circa 90-155 men), they received five Distinguished Conduct Medals. Apparently an Intelligence section was formed out of the ZMR. The role of the ZMR in the Natal 1906 campaign (Bambata rebellion) can be read in this super account by Ken Gillings:
Code: 58896Price: 75.00 GBP
South African Infantry White Metal Badge
SWA Territorial Force Reaction Badge with two original screw posts and retaining nuts to reverse. Lion roaring with 'Semper Pugnans' scroll below, as worn 1979-1990. Some minor wear to finish on lions nose otherwise in very good condition.
Code: 58814Price: 8.00 GBP
Rare Signals Section King's Africa Rifles Officer's Gilt Cap Badge - Firmin London
In stunning condition with two original loops to the reverse (e.-w) and embossed to the reverse Firmin London. A rare badge. Circa 4.3cm tall. King's crown so pre 1953.
Renfrew et al Vol 2 No 1789 refers.
Sold to R.C.
Colonial Sudan Intelligence Officer's Service Helmet Pagri Badge
Die struck gilt, UK made with original strong pagri pin to the reverse with C clasp. A large badge at circa 4.9cm in diameter. In excellent condition. Dated 1904, presumably its year of formation. A rare badge.
Renfrew et al Vol 1 No 1301 refers.
Sold to JR
Victorian East Africa - The Uganda Rifles Gilt Brass Helmet Badge
In very good condition with two original dark toned loops to the reverse. Circa 5.8cm tall. Gilt has dulled but otherwise in excellent condition and only worn 1895 - 1902. From 1902 onwards they became a King's African Rifles Battalion. Rare.
Renfrew et al, Vol 2 No 672 refers.
Code: 58806Price: 175.00 GBP
WW2 Egyptian Home Guard - Cairo Civil Defence Force Brass Cap Badge
Die cast, theatre made with original slider to the reverse. An attractive design with sharp detail. Renfrew et al in Volume 2 depict the Suez Canal version. This is for the capital Cairo.
Code: 58762Price: 65.00 GBP
Rare King 's African Rifles ( KAR ) Supply & Transport Officer 's Blackened Bronze OSD Cap Badge
A rare Transport and Supply ( S& T ) (coys, and wings) die cast blackened bronzed officers OSD cap badge with two original loops to the reverse and maker marked Firmin London. Pre 1940. Northern and Southern Brigades were replaced by the East African ASC in 1940. Some minor wear to finish.
Renfrew el al Vol 2 No 1790 refers.
7th King 's African Rifles ( KAR ) Brass Cap Badge - Zanzibar
Cast brass badge with two original lugs to the reverse. The In very good condition. Circa 4.8cm tall. I have encountered this scarce badge in blackened brass. This looks like it has never been blackened but is right enough.
The 7th KAR was formed in Zanzibar in 1917 with men from the Zanzibar Armed Constabulary and the Mafia Constabulary. Post WW1, it was reduced to a company and then merged with the 6th KAR. This is a scarce badge.
Renfrew et al, Vol 1 No 442 refers.
5th King 's African Rifles ( KAR ) Officers Gilt Arabic Numeral Cap Badge, QE11, 1953 - 63
In good condition with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 4.2cm tall.
Renfrew et al Vol 1 No 455 refers.
Stunning African Basutoland Mounted Police, Senior Officer's Fire Gilt Cap Badge, pre 1953 - Gaunt London
In stunning condition with two original loops to the reverse and maker marked JR Gaunt London. Gilt bright and with only some minor service wear to the loops. Circa 4.5cm tall. Renfrew claims circa 1920. King's crown, so certainly pre 1952.
Britain took control of this small native kingdom as a British Crown Colony in 1884 after it suffered a series of defeats against the Boers of Cape Colony. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966.
Renfrew et al Vol 1 No 511 refers.
Code: 58638Price: 125.00 GBP
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