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Another recent addition, WWII RA officers forage cap with a stunning gilt officers badge on it.  Condition is pretty good and as far as I can ascertain the maker only made military items during the war years.

 

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It looks to have a little bit of moth damage and the chinstrap is also damaged, but the gilt officers badge looks to be a real beauty.

 

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Another  lovely cap Jerry a curious question on the officers guilt cap badge which I might add is a real beauty is the wheel pinned in the center and rotate on its axis on the cannon mount I know this may sound a bit of an odd question but I am thinking of a Canadian produced variation I have seen before.

 

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Another  lovely cap Jerry a curious question on the officers guilt cap badge which I might add is a real beauty is the wheel pinned in the center and rotate on its axis on the cannon mount I know this may sound a bit of an odd question but I am thinking of a Canadian produced variation I have seen before.

 

Regards Mark  

 

 

Thanks Mark.

 

Not an odd question, the RA gun badge often has the wheel as a seperate part, allowing it in theory to rotate though often they don't move.  I have an RA badge where the wheel is missing.  Probably about 50% of the RA badges I have, have the rotating wheel.

 

OR's with rotating wheel

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OSD with missing wheel

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And an OR's without the rotating wheel, note only one set of spokes and no hole or pin in the center of the wheel.

 

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And the OR's FSC it is on.

 

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Thanks Jerry I feel rather daft for even asking the question now and could have researched it my self the double spoked wheel is what drew my attention to the original cap badge and as mentioned have seen this variation before .

While we are on the subject what are your thoughts to when the variation with the rotating hub first started to be produced and were they phased out late in WW II to save on materials and production time or were the variations with the static hubs just produced by a different manufacturer and or perhaps there is a difference in the OR compared to the Officers variation sorry to flood you with questions just my curiosity .

 

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As far as I am aware, it was never an official version, though obviously they were quite common.  Date wise they appear to have come into use quite soon after the introduction of the Gun badge in 1902, though I don't know when they went out of use, but certainly still in use during WWII.  The OR's example I have with a rotating wheel is undated, as of course they do not change the design from 1902 to 1953 when the QWII version is introduced, so I cannot anser with any real authority as to when or why any changes occur, but the two of the three officers versions I show are WWII in date.

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Adding an all in one comparison image of the RA gun badges, with or without rotating wheels.  As I have more officers than OR's badges, that perhaps explains why most of them have this feature.

 

 

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Very nice cap badges being shown here.

Enjoyable thread.

Jerry you must have a very big house.

To be fair the royal arty badge is a favorite of mine.

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Very nice cap badges being shown here.

Enjoyable thread.

Jerry you must have a very big house.

To be fair the royal arty badge is a favorite of mine.

 

 

Dave, to be truthful I do have a big house.

 

I really like the gun badge, in fact I bought another today. 

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And I remembered another I forgot to post here.  Small size for the beret on lugs and a slider.

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Jerry you have a good eye my mate.

Lugged and slidered is just a nice piece, have one myself.The other one well it speaks for itself.

You busey person you. :thumbup:

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What about this one Jerry to complete your set? Not sure about date but Field Officer's RA Forage cap with Staybrite and QC and a fair price. 

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191352110320?hlpht=true&ops=true&viphx=1&_trkparms=clkid%3D1014400535163724610&_qi=RTM1763582

 

 

Thanks Oli.  I am tempted as it would go nicely with my collection.

 

Perhaps you can help as I have another on the way to me, OR's with scarlet piping and scarlet band which the seller listed as RA, though I assume that some of the Infantry could also wear this combination.  IT has GS buttons, so could be for a Fusilier regiment for instance and not just the RA.

 

 

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What about this one Jerry to complete your set? Not sure about date but Field Officer's RA Forage cap with Staybrite and QC and a fair price. 

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/191352110320?hlpht=true&ops=true&viphx=1&_trkparms=clkid%3D1014400535163724610&_qi=RTM1763582

Yes jerry it would be good to go in your collection as oli states.

The cap badge looks to be Gilt to me and not staybrite.

Love to see cap badges were they belong.

If only i had the space jerry and oli i would collect.

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It would fit in nicely with my RA cap collection.

 

WWI TF forage

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WWII Forage

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WWII SD

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RA FS Cap

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Nice collection of soft headgear Jerry I have got to ask about the your newest addition though why the combination of lugs and a slider this is something I have never seen before on its Canadian cousin.

 

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Not sure why Mark, it is also smaller than the normal badge being said to be for the beret.  As you can see on the one I posted, it has been bent with the lugs folded out of the way.  I have read that it was to make sure it sat squarely on the beret, and I assume it was because it is quite a large badge, even with the small version, but that strikes me as a bit odd, so I don't know the actual answer.

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Thanks for the reply Jerry I found it a rather curios anomaly and as you stated quite odd on the smaller beret badge.

 

Regards Mark 

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