It is also interesting to note that in my book on the 1CPB badges etc. It is clearly stated that sample badges were submitted to Bradbrooke from various companies however it was the delivery date and price of the badge that suited him. So in fact, not theory, several dies were made by each company so that they could make samples for submission. These samples existed because they are mentioned in correspondence. They not only existed in silver - gilt but also in other types of metal with different finishes. What happened to the dies made by the companies not chosen? While we know Churchill originally ordered officers badges direct from Gaunt, how many have we seen? When you look at period photos of officers of the 1CACR, most wear the brass badge. It is actually quite rare to see an officer wearing a bronze badge. In fact Churchill himself does not wear a bronze badge in photos but a brass one. Maybe the order for the Gaunt officer badge was not filled as there is evidence that they cost a considerable amount of money. Maybe Churchill then decided to ask someone else later on? Then the unit was disbanded? Yes, speculation, but based on existing evidence.