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Victorian 9th Queen's Royal Lancers Officer's Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

Officer's horse furniture solid brass bit boss (Guelphic crown) with VR cypher, five original fasteners to reverse. In good condition with only light polishing and sharp detail. Circa 9.8cm tall and 5cm wide. Worn 1860 - 1901.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

Code: 58481Price: 120.00 GBP


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Victorian 12th Prince of Wales' Royal Lancers Officer's Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

Officer's solid brass horse furniture bit boss (Guelphic crown) with heavily worn white metal central mount, two fasteners reduced for easy of display. Circa 9.6m tall and 5cm wide. Worn 1860 - 1901.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C25.2

Code: 58480Price: 85.00 GBP


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Edwardian 12th Prince of Wales' Royal Lancers Officer's Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

A solid brass Officers' Pattern Horse Furniture Bit Boss ornament, king's crown and worn post 1901, of two part construction with white metal mount of the Prince of Wales's Feathers. The central device has some wear, two original fasteners to reverse, but these have been reduced for ease of display. Some spots of verdigris to front. Circa 9.3cm tall and 5cm wide.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively hard to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C25.1

Code: 58479Price: 120.00 GBP


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14th The King 's Hussars Officer's Bit Boss Horse Furniture Ornament Badge

An officer’s solid brass bit boss with Guelphic crown unit title and Eagle to centre. With five original tabs to the reverse. Slight polishing to eagle's breast otherwise in very good condition. Circa 8cm tall and 4.5m wide. Rare.

Bit bosses were worn by both light and heavy cavalry regiments from about 1860 to 1902, when a new pattern of bridle was introduced on which bit bosses were no longer worn. Officers retained the pre 1902 pattern bridle and continued to wear bit bosses for review order but with the new pattern King's crown from 1901 onwards. It should be noted that a universal pattern of bit boss was worn by other ranks. Distinctive regimental bosses were used only by officers, the RSM, the Bandmaster and the Mounted Drummer. There were some exceptions, such as the 19th and 20th Hussars, whose Officers appear to have worn the universal pattern. Officers' bit bosses as a field of collecting is therefore much under-rated as they are relatively hard to come by.

I will supply a copy of the excellent article by J T Thomson from Soldiers of the Queen, Issue 41, dated 1985-86, which provides excellent illustrations of the boss badges worn.

C19.15

Code: 58478Price: 120.00 GBP


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Victorian 15th ( King's ) Hussars Officer's Gilding Metal Martingale Horse Furniture Ornament Badge, c1837- 1901

A very neat die struck and voided Martingale badge, Victorian crown to the 15th (King’s) Hussars. The Royal Crest with Queen Victoria Crown (QVC) within the Garter HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE. 4 single retaining wires to the reverse ( one of two pairs remaining on each securing point). Some polishing to the face of the lion otherwise in very good condition. Circa 7.8cm tall and 3.9cm wide. Rare.

C15

Code: 58477Price: 85.00 GBP


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Victorian 20th Hussars Officers Horse Furniture Ear Boss Ornament Badge

A scarce item still on its leather backing, with white metal XHX on brass. In very good condition for age. Circa 5.6cm in diameter. Some white polish has got into the leather backing, but it is still in good condition. I have given it a light coating with renaissance wax to feed the leather and keep it in good condition.

A77

Code: 58476Price: 85.00 GBP


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All About Horse Brasses, small booklet by H.S. Richards (1945)

A small pocket sized booklet with card covers, with over 320 B&W photos illustrating the huge range of horse brasses available - in the 1940s. This booklet was published in 1945. 56 pages. Circa 15.5cm tall and 12.5cm side. Perhaps the war effort and the need to melt metals down for shells inspired the catalogue! The author claims the last of the large manufacturers ceased making in 1910. Modern ones are either very light or very crude by comparison to the earlier ones upon which this photographic commection is based. Alas he also needs to spend a few paragraphs about reproductions of the rarer originals. The hobby of badge collecting has been similarly blighted! Scarce book, essential for the serious horse brass collector.

Code: 55130Price: 20.00 GBP


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Contemporary Indian Made POUCH badge of the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own) Hussars Double Scroll Elephant

Scarce and original cast brass pouch badge as worn on brown leather cartridge pouch with two original lugs (north - south). This pattern was worn with khaki dress in India circa 1902-1909. Same size as the very scarce double scroll cap badge. Often suggested it is a cap, but I have seen one fitted to the pouch and many years ago I bought a similar one with screw posts which came off the drum horse leathers (I always now regret not having bought the leathers with it). Good condition and scarce.

Code: 54436Price: 85.00 GBP


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Universal Pattern Victorian British Cavalry Trooper's Brass Bit Boss Badge, 1860 - 1901

VR cypher in centre of garter strap and motto with Albert style crown above. Die cast brass ( heavy ) with two sockets on reverse for attaching via a screw fitting to the universal horse bit. Large badge at circa 9.5cm tall and 5cm wide. In good condition.

Worn by other ranks of the light and heavy cavalry. The Household Cavalry had their own pattern. Please note only officer's wore special boss badges with regimental devices, but this other ranks version is still hard to find.

I will provide the purchaser with a copy of a detailed and well illustrated article on cavalry bit boss badges.

Code: 54007Price:


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Victorian London Rifle Brigade Horse Harness Martingale Brass Badge Device

Rough cast brass with Queen Victoria crown and four original long retaining loops to the reverse. Worn by mounted officer's therefore scarce. Some fractures in retaining loops, which would have held this badge in place on its leather backing. It is not recommended that these are bent over or straightened,

Large and heavy at 8cm tall and 4.3cm wide.

Code: 52064Price: 55.00 GBP

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