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Marcus H

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About Marcus H

  • Birthday 04/13/1972

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    My main focus of collecting is to the War Raised Units of the Cavalry Regiments: 22nd Dragoons, 23rd Hussars, 24th Lancers, 25th Dragoons, 26th Hussars and the 27th Lancers; also, the Northamptonshire Yeomanry.

    Plus, a general interest overall in British Cavalry and Yeomanry cap badges from 1898-1953.

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  1. The new pair of brass 25D shoulder titles, which is the third distinct variation of a type in three overall patterns - so five ‘versions’ in total, thus far!
  2. That it has Graham, along with this Indian made badge below, I attained another pair of 25D shoulder titles, too.
  3. And, another badge to strike off the ‘wants’ list, too, this time a 25th Dragoons ORs. This particular one I call the ‘segment’ type badge and it has a maker marked slider, too. Not a ‘rare’ badge, but finding one not already sold has taken me a long time! * Incidentally, only today an exact example of this ‘segment’ badge sold for £110 🤕 at a well-known auction site, then with the additional fees on top of that...! I paid £50 with free postage five days ago, which is I think a fair price and around the mark, in my opinion. Sometimes you just have to be patient, search and wait. Then, when something a little more special comes along, then perhaps you can push the boat out. Each to their own, I guess!
  4. This was my first purchase of 2018, a 27th Lancers officers single collar, the ‘plain backed’ type, with three lugs and devoid of a central peg to the elephants head overlay. Thats another ‘want’ off the list. Below, is a picture of the ‘pegged’ family; the last pic just showing the detail and the bright, highlight polished finish.
  5. That’s the stuff, Graham👍 And not an easy task to obtain a genuine pair (opposed to matched) of collars and cap badge in such excellent condition to the 25D, in my opinion. It took me long enough (years) to find my pair of collars...! Best, Marcus
  6. A very nice conditioned Gaunt die, three rivet, broad and long lugged type! Personally, I have seen less of this type opposed to the ‘P’ (plated) and just shorter thinner gauge lugged, four rivet construction type. A cracking start to the WRC collection in 2018👍 Best, Marcus PS Come on Graham...need a cap and collars pic now😍
  7. Help Identifying Award/Badge

    Hi dign, I would suggest this is likely a commemorative token/badge (probably once adorning a red, white and blue ribbon - colours applicable to both countries) relating to the first non-stop ‘solo’ flight across the Atlantic Ocean by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 - from the USA to France as depicted by the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower. There would have been literally dozens of such similar mementos produced on both sides of the Atlantic recognising this solo achievement. Best, Marcus PS Lindbergh, was as I emphasise the ‘solo’ transatlantic flight pioneer, but not the first aviator to fly across the Atlantic. There had been a previous non-stop fixed-wing flight by the British in 1919, and a multiple stop flight by the Americans just prior to that, too.
  8. Show us your Best of 2017 !

    I don’t think you can do much better than that hoard, Graham. You’ve found some good 26H bargains this year, amongst several other cracking buys, also. This is a difficult choice as I’ve been very, very fortunate this year in several half-decent purchases. However, I would be inclined to choose this ‘Firmin London’ marked 24th Lancers, Officers Service Dress badge with blades; essentially a little known about example and certainly unpublished, to date. That is, the OSD examples manufactured from a J.R. Gaunt die are more commonly encountered and associated with this distinctive officers’ pattern. Incidentally, I have from the same Firmin die as the OSD, a silver plate and maker marked example on long lugs, too. Hence again, another undocumented badge within the realms of WRC published books and articles. And this very badge was purchased at a well known auction house in the UK for an ‘all-in’ price of £110, which for this version I think was pretty good going. In the New Year I will be visiting an archive to view the records that relate to the manufacture of these badges, so more will be revealed at a later date. Best, Marcus
  9. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you, All. And a Christmas card from one of the Wartime Raised Cavalry Regiments - only one month after this 1945 Christmas in Germany, the regiment was disbanded and resigned to history. Best, Marcus
  10. Great badges, Graham. I know the Indian made 25D was a little expensive, but it is a very elusive badge, or so it would certainly seem. I know of only two that have been ‘openly’ sold in what...four to five-years, now. I guess you could term the badge as essentially rare, but I have no idea of how many others’ exist in collections, etc? Regardless of such, we do know of two other examples with wartime provenance, and that’s all that matters really. Best, Marcus
  11. Happy Thanksgiving to all

    A very happy Thanks Giving from England, to our Cousins’👍 Best, Marcus
  12. Eric-Jan Bakker

    Very sad news, indeed. I never actually met Eric-Jan, but we had sporadically conversed over the last fourteen-years on a few subjects and matters. He came across as a man of his word and true to his convictions - one of only a few collectors I deem the epitome of a gentleman. As already cited, his passing will be a great loss to the collecting community and his many friends, too. My sincere condolences to all of his family. Marcus
  13. The OSD is lovely, Graham. They don’t surface very often in such nice condition; there’s a tendency in encountering them in a somewhat worn condition, or the lugged badges (intended collars) purporting to be solely cap badges. The metal shoulder titles are a fine matching pair. Again, not titles you see every day and one type of four ‘patterns’ I believe to have been made - to date, that is. There’s not too much about WRC wise at the mo, so I’m saving the pennies for a January auction and not tempting myself by looking either...! I have to stay focused on certain items I desire, which is easier said than done, eh lol • Three 25D OSD cap badges with differing blade variations.
  14. 25Th Dragoons, 1940 - 1947

    This pleasing bullion example was made to adorn the officers coloured field sevice cap - note the backing colour opposed to the ‘beret black’ version and bullion NCO arm badge adaptions.