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  1. Marcus H

    Happy Birthday Wishes

    Happy Birthday, Graham! I hope you have a great day - did you get any cap badges? Best, Marcus
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    Day light trench raid at Tahure

    A great man indeed - he sounds like a bold and true leader, Jim. Did he survive the Great War? Best, Marcus
  3. A couple of December, 2018, purchases that arrived this year in 2019. 26th Hussars (UK, Gaunt manufacture) other ranks badge, being the middle, unmarked slider badge and having the tail feathers ‘blank’ area void - both unmarked badges share the same slider type. However, due to the slightly bent sliders they look different from the obverse picture. What makes this a significant badge is that very few examples would seem to portray this apparent attention to detail - factory done or otherwise is not exactly known and one can only speculate. In my opinion, it was done in the factory on the UK examples that exhibit this; although, I have no evidence to necessarily support this thought. And, a north - south lugged 23rd Hussars officers badge, which is a fairly scarce example either plated or in silver - with the longer lugs it’s considered to have been worn in the service dress peaked cap; that is, opposed to a beret or field service cap. The east - west officers’ examples are encountered far more often to the 23H.
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    Xmas wishes

    Sorry to hear that, Jim. I hope 2019 is a much better year for you, mate. And a very Happy Christmas and New Year to you, All👍 Marcus A 1945, Christmas card from the 23rd Hussars - one month later after having fought and assisting in defeating what was the tyranny of the TR across Europe they were to be disbanded and no more.
  5. Another matched pair, but to the 24th Lancers - a pretty scarce title to find actually, is the 24L. The top example comes from a 24L group that I own, and the moth attacked example I bought at a recent auction.
  6. Row 2 (second from the top) and lastly row 6, I have finally managed to reunite the original matching pairs - they were sold separately five or six years ago. Only row 5 to complete and reunite with its original slip. The first, or top row, these are officers slips bordered with a thin golden/yellow material. Obviously these are not a pair, thus a “matched pair,” it’s very unlikely I will ever encounter their original singles. Alas, i’m more than content to have two such examples of these rather scarce slip-on shoulder titles. Its a good feeling and a collectors personal achievement to reunite these slips back to the original period pairs - albeit the hunt continues.
  7. You are most welcome and its found a good home in your collection. There’s a lot more bronze finish left on the badge than the sellers pics conveyed - it looks great! Best, Marcus
  8. Regarding the white-metal die-stamped collars, I firmly believe they were originally and intentionally made for ORs use, but as you know the wearing of such collars in the 24L wasn’t sanctioned for the ORs. Also, I’m of the distinct impression the collars were manufactured as to were the arm badges and supplied in a quantity to the regiment. That is, I suspect more than envisaged and proposed from earlier research and thoughts. It’s not my intention to dismiss the probability that indeed officers’ utilised such intended ORs examples; perhaps even silverplating them, too. I don’t honestly know about that. However, Peter Seaman conducted a lot more research into these regiments and had living contacts to address such queries. *Just to note: Fig. 38 in Seaman’s are are actually the silver plated examples, I own that very set pictured in the book; they're die-cast and resemble the OSD/enamel collars traits. Whereas Fig. 39 portrays the white-metal collars - he has those two sets mixed-up. On the other hand, I actually know of several veterans (ORs) effects with the families that include the die-stamped collars. Plus, a private museum with an attributed group including an arm badge and two collars, then of course my 24L group that includes an ORs pattern collar. Some of these collars have been altered with a brooch fitting - the assumption being either sweetheart conversions or post-1945, usage in wear. So conjecture and theory aside the die-stamped collars are more evident than not in the belongings of former 24L ORs. Possibly they were issued - at a time - prior to the RAC directives not permitting the wear of; or, these non-returned items to Ordnance (technically they should have been) were distributed to the troops accounting for those converted in a fashion with a pin fitting. Then out of interest we have a S/NCO wearing the collars and an arm badge on his wedding day in 1942, I posted that picture on the BBF. The wearer was a founding NCO of the regiment and an ex-17/21L; incidentally the museums group also belonged to a former 17/21L NCO. The wedding photo is likely an exception under the circumstances and I don’t conclude anything further from such an interesting picture. These are pretty much my thoughts and limited findings, to date. Pics below: a selection of collars with lugs and pin fittings. The last pictures are of the example obtained within a 24L group; this Lancer was a founding member from the first conscript intake in late December 1940.
  9. Righty, you need another ORs collar - blast and bugger I knew of a dealer in Canada that had two for sale more recently than not. Still, you must be very satisfied with those examples, so far.
  10. Come to think of it: what’s that now a complete set of cap and collar ORs, officers’ gilt/enamel and OSD, too, to the 24L. Well done?
  11. Congratulations - a lovely completed set now, Graham. Best, Marcus
  12. http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/5217-fife-forfar-yeomanry-scottish-horse/ It’s the white-metal example posted by Dave you want, Bart.
  13. Here we go, I forgot to add these:
  14. The hand is present on the Antwerp coat of arms and....
  15. As far as I know the distributed 24L personnel (all ranks) adopted their new regiments cap badges. That is, in my llmited research with photographs and ‘other’ regimental cap badges in groups and personal effects to veterans would attest to this. However, there are always exceptions. It’s possible former 24L personnel that didn’t get attached to another regiment and remained within the rear area ‘replacement pool’ wore their former regiment cap badge until attached elsewhere, perhaps? And, I do know of one officer that wore his black RAC beret with a 24L embroidered badge on it whilst serving with another regiment after disbandment. Alas that was only for a short period as he was subsequently wounded - I own the very beret. Best, Marcus
  16. Personally, I believe you’d be best suited with a British issue and made pattern, yes. That said: I don’t know for certain, hence, I will seek the opinion of a collector of such div patches today for you. Best, Marcud
  17. Hi Bart, The Bull should face forward on both arms. So my top patten example (one of a pair) was worn on the right arm and the bottom (again a single of a pair) example on the left arm. Best, Marcus
  18. Cloth isn’t my forte, at all. However, I would be inclined to agree with Jerry’s thoughts. These two 11th Armd Div patches belonged to a 24L Trooper (first intake of conscripts in late December 1940 through to disbandment in early August 1944) that landed in Normandy and upon the 24L disbandment, he was attached to an armoured replacement group within the 21st Army Group. Both of these patches are of British manufacture, the felt example being probably the most identifiable for the 1944/1945 wartime period concerned - it’s the one I have seen the most in 23H/24L family groups. *Note mine are dirty, worn and slightly discoloured.
  19. I personally like the RTR badge (Royal Tank Regiment - Fear Naught), but the other two I’m not conversant enough with to comment on. For ‘Antwerp’ you want the 23rd Hussars, which is indeed also a War Raised Cavalry Regiment - Antwerp 4th - 7th Sept. 1944, is one of the 23H granted battle honours. Many personnel from the 24L were reallocated to the 23H (the 23H being the sister regiment to the 24L) and took part in the entry/liberation of Antwerp and Belgium. Best, Marcus
  20. Hi Bart, The 24th Lancers would appear to be a genuine Gaunt manufactured other ranks cap badge on lugs; albeit worn on the pennons and crown from I would suspect over zealous polishing by the soldier. I have two very, very worn examples in a 24L group from excessive polishing. €30 is roughly £26, so around the reasonable price range if you don’t mind a little ‘period’ wear. I have seen these badges recently range in price from a few pounds on eBay and the website dealers selling them from £30 to £55. Regarding this very badge beimg hard to find: not in my experience and I see them more frequently than not. However, bear in mind the 24L only existed from mid December 1940 to early August 1944, when it was disbanded in France after seeing some harsh engagements on the front. Best, Marcus
  21. A recent addition to the collection is this cast white-metal, Italian theatre made arm badge. These very badges are purported to have been plated in silver, although what remains of the finish I can’t positively identify. Such could easily be ‘faked’ I guess, but another genuine example known to exist matches my example. The example with the original red backing is a UK factory die-stamped example for comparison.
  22. Stunning? And well done. I just love these officers’ No. 1 Dress 24L badges. Graham, your badges display every attribute in detail that a period and genuine badge should display for such examples.
  23. Good points, Graham? I love the box, too...!!! And, if you encounter a badge with braze deposits in the reverse wingtip area adorning a slider, be aware - it’s likely one of these that’s been ‘enhanced.’
  24. One of my other recent purchases is this 26th Hussars NCOs (possibly an SNCO regarding this example) arm badge totally constructed in white-metal. The centre is larger than the cap badge and it would seem purposefully made as an arm badge centre - greater detail, too. A selection of 26H arm badges showing a mixture of white-metal and ‘brass’ versions. The top row, middle example has a brass backing plate which is ‘silvered’ on the obverse only. In addition the centre badge is cast from a soft white-metal/Indian silver content (?) and has then been gilded - in this case a little worn. Generally it’s thought as with some other cavalry regiments the white-metal and brass/gilding-metal examples are suspected to recognise Junior and Senior NCOs.
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