theories...February 3 2008 at 12:05 PM
|Michael Reintjes |
Response to Interesting though?
...Yes I,ve heard these theories before and there are some who badly want these repro second types to be real.I can only tell you that I have both the officers and em's badges both from Veteran sources and they are the type 1 shown on the left.I,ve also had and seen many other examples from vets and all are the type 1 on the left.I have examined other peoples examples with provenance and some accompanied by battledress or service dress and all are the type 1 on the left.There are also some examples on trench art(Elgin museum comes to mind ) and they are all type 1 badges.I have yet to see any of the circular o badges that have have any provenance at all.I can also tell you that the type 2 badges are very common and were availbale by the bag full back in the 80's when I worked in the militaria business and were 1 pound sterling each.Others will tell you that they showed up sometime in the 60's at prices as low as 20P each.
I have no proof as to who made these 2nd type badges at all so I offer no speculation as to the maker.I am ,however, satified that these badges were never worn by this regiment based on 30 years of both personal and anecdotal evidence as well as the common availability of these 2nd type badges.I know that some have theories as to the metal makeup and content of the type 2 badges but these theories have had no factual basis at all and until such is shown,these theories must be considered as speculative at best.
The type 1 badge on the left is the badge worn by this unit during the war and has been found in the possession of vets manys times.I would suggest that if collectors are interested in having an original 1CACR cap badge as worn in wartime they would seek out and obtain types 1 on the left.I leave it to you guys to believe what you want about the one on the right.
- 2nd Type - Ken Joyce on Feb 3, 2008, 12:36 PM