Marcus H

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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. Then I dearly hope to see you in 2018, Richard. That is, unless we can escape back later in the year - we're in Northamptonshire. Best, Marcus
  2. The fourth example down is my latest 24L officers' embroidered cap badge. Best, Marcus
  3. Padstow is always on our annual trip list, too, Richard. We park at Rock and take the little ferry over each year - the kids love that. We nip over for fish & chips and walk around for an hour or two. This year, the wife wanted to see were Rick Steins conglomerate was, and a fridge magnet was purchased for the effort...! The only other trip (apart from a Tesco/Lidel run in Wadebridge) is to Port Isaac; the rest of the time is spent at Polzeath, depending on the weather! Best, Marcus
  4. Polzeath, Richard. It's not too busy this time of the year, and we avoided travelling through the Bodmin roadworks. A lovely part of the country. Best, Marcus
  5. A really cracking example, mate👍 Best, Marcus
  6. Well...sort of, if you use your imagination! Me, and my two youngest Sophia (5) and Montgomery (4), made this "tank" on the beach - it's meant to be a Sherman...! Albeit, more fun was had "knocking it out" seconds after the picture was taken. Best, Marcus
  7. This has been a long awaited pairing: Finally, after missed sales, searching and looking for ever and a day, I have obtained a second lugged ORs pattern 24L white-metal collar. Naturally and Sods Law an example came up for auction the week I purchased this one (I got two actually!!!) for half the price of a single that I paid...! lol And just to add insult to injury...Graham, thus bid on the single auction collar and...lost! Let's just say, I don't have too much confidence in "auction houses" with the intimated shenanigans that surrounds some of them. Never mind - that's my officers' patterns and ORs basically complete for the 24L, with the exception of certain silver private purchase examples. These specific collars were never actually issued to ORs, despite being manufactured and supplied to the regimental stores in an unknown quantity. Although, they are known to have been used by officers (purported to have been privately plated in silver by some) and converted to sweetheart badges, too; I have several conversions of ORs and officer pattern collars. And, I do have photographic evidence of a SNCO in No. 1 Dress wearing a pattern of colllars on his wedding day in 1942, but this is deemed an "unofficial" exception. Incidentally he also wears the 24L arm badge in the picture, and this is the only recorded evidence of such a device being worn - to date. Best, Marcus
  8. Fantastic! They truly are a credit to your focus and perseverance, Graham. Best, Marcus
  9. - September 1916, C Company, 2nd Battalion the Northamptonshire Volunteer Regiment. - July 1918, C Company (Kettering Detachment), 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment. Out of the 752 men that joined the Kettering & District Volunteer Corps, 352 went on to see active service. Faitly short lived and probably not produced in great quantities either.
  10. Superb badges, all three of them, Graham. Whilst I have the original 'oil cloth' red coloured backing to my 27L arm badge, I have never seen an example with the genuine brass backing plate. A cracking example...!!!
  11. Another fairly uncommon badge is this Kettering Volunteer Corps bronze cap badge. Raised in January 1916 and disbanded in October 1919.
  12. Thanks, mate. The NIY has to be my all-time favourite badge that I own. The officers version was gilded with a silverplate horse, I've only ever seen a couple of examples in collections, and that looks really cracking! This badge below was obtained from my dad, whom acquired it for his cap badge collection as a youth from a period between the late 1930s to even just post hostilities in 1945, prior to joining the RAF. It's likely a County Cadet (school?) badge possibly from c.1930-1942 (?), I really don't know. I haven't yet encountered another to date, with the exception of the similar looking Wellingborough School badges.
  13. With the badge backings, the 1st Northants Yeo. would have a two inch circular cornflower blue backing.
  14. Officers silver and gilt badge. Two part construction with three rivets. Most officer pattern reproduction badges of a type, tend to be of the 'Northamptonshire First Yeomanry' and are one piece cast badges.
  15. The 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. • The slidered badge to the right is suggested to have been manufactured within the period c. 1947-1956. However, I am unable to confirm such notions and this is a very widely faked/reproduced badge. The lugged badge is a collar pattern, although these are known to have been worn on the beret during WW2.