A scarce post 1958 die cast bi-metal piper's pouch example with three screw posts and nuts to the reverse. Some minor twisting to screw post otherwise in excellent condition. Worn until 1993.
An impressively large badge, with three original loops to the reverse. Gilt bright with original shaped backing plate. Circa 7.8cm tall.
The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) was an infantry regiment of the British Army established in 1970, with a comparatively short existence ending in 1992. Raised through public appeal, newspaper and television advertisements, their official role was the "defence of life or property in Northern Ireland against armed attack or sabotage" but unlike troops from Great Britain they were never used for "crowd control or riot duties in cities". It was the largest infantry regiment in the British Army, formed with seven battalions plus another four added within two years.
It consisted mostly of part-time volunteers until 1976, when a full-time cadre was added. Recruiting in Northern Ireland at a time of intercommunal strife, some of its (mostly Ulster Protestant) members were involved in sectarianism. The regiment was originally intended to more accurately reflect the demographics of Northern Ireland, and began with Catholic recruits accounting for 18% of its soldiers; for various reasons, by the end of 1972 this had dropped to around 3%. It is doubtful if any other unit of the British Army has ever come under the same sustained criticism as the UDR. Uniquely in the British Army, the regiment was on continuous active service throughout its 22 years of service. It was also the first infantry regiment of the British Army to fully incorporate women into its structure. In 1992, the UDR was amalgamated with the Royal Irish Rangers to form the Royal Irish Regiment. In 2006, the regiment was retroactively awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, which entitled it to be known as The Ulster Defence Regiment CGC.
An early heavy cast attractive piper's badge with two original lugs to the reverse. Silver plated. In excellent condition. Circa 5.6cm wide and 4.5cm tall. See my item 59860 for a later chromed version of this badge.
A large white metal die struck star of the Order of St Patrick with two original loops to the reverse as worn by the Irish Pipers of the Irish Guards, Household Division. In very good condition with sharp detail.
A large and attractive die struck badge with four original horizontal loops to the reverse. Circa 4.9cm tall. Believed to be worn on by a Bandsman of the Regiment on the Pouch. Lovely condition and rare.
A well made and early item of two part construction with King's crown and two original lugs to the reverse. To the centre of brass star is mounted a St George slaying the dragon. Possibly a civilian band item / youth orgianisation badge. Circa 5.5cm tall.
Any information welcome.
A quality white metal die struck badge with two original dark toned loops to the reverse. In excellent condition. Simply gorgeous.
Bloomer page 85 refers.
What can only be described as a giant grenade produced in this enormous size for the drummer's cap. Occasionally incorrectly attributed as a cross belt badge. See the photo in the MHS bulletin No 169 (p26) (August 1992) for a picture of the corps of drums wearing this unpopular badge. Circa 14cm tall and 10.6cm wide. Two original long prongs for attachment to the fur cap, two out of three screw posts with nuts to back of the central device. A few minor spots to the gilt finish, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1968 - 1970. It was quickly withdrawn. A copy of the article will be provided.
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See also my item 60659 for the smaller version.
In stunning condition, with two original loops to the reverse. Thw part construction with no damage to green backing enamel. Some minor twisting to one loop otherwise in fabulous condition. The pictures do not do it justice.
See item 62255 for the Sergeant Piper's version. The Pipe Major wore the Warrant Officer's Star as for sale here.
K&K, Vol 1, No 911 refers.
A large and attractive 3 part constructed bonnet badge for a Sergeant Piper of the Scots Guards in a die struck frosted silver plate garter and with an applied high gilt die cast central device as per the Regimental Sergeant's Star. Two original silvered loops to the reverse. In superb condition with no wear. Circa 5.9cm in diameter.
K&K, Vol 1, No 911 refers.
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