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Jerry B

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  1. All true, the wrong things become obvious once you can compare to an original. I can't remember the last time I saw an original for sale
  2. Both look 'new' but with some wear and shiny lugs, both are suspect imo, they just don't look correct. Are the edges of the backs sharp?
  3. Sadly they are also copies, the originals have a number of quite different details, note the wings of the dragons for one and the lettering of the CARDIFF at the base, both very different
  4. A fine collection and good to see you on this forum since the airborne insignia forum went down.
  5. Thank you for this. Respect for them that died so we may live our lives as we choose
  6. Cheers Kris, I don't see much of you online either these days.
  7. A recent pick, it was in very poor condition but is looking somewhat better after I gave it some TLC. I used a clothes brush and a soft damp sponge on it. The frock is the 1902 pattern, the silver bullion collars were only worn by the 2nd VB up to 1908, the buttons have the Jennens and Co backstamp used up to 1912 with the irregular Welch spelling not officially authorized until c. 1921 but the VB's were notorious in this matter, preferring it to the Welsh spelling favored by the WD at that period. It has only the sorry remains of its original back flash and I added one I had just for the pics. It seems to have the extra braid knot on the cuffs seen on the earlier 1882 pattern but other wise is correct for the 1902 pattern, complete with blue cuffs for a royal regiment. The shoulder boards appear to be missing two rank insignia from each of them, from a Captain I assume or perhaps a Lt Colonel which might expalin the more elaborate cuff braid. Still researching this point.
  8. I would assume old sweats continued to wear it after the introduction of the p37 battledress uniform, people such as warrant officers and others at base duties perhaps, instructors and the like. I have seen pics of ti in wear during the war years. BL Davis covers it on p178-179 (various pics throughout the book)in his masterful work British Army uniforms and insignia of WWII.
  9. As already stated post WWI pattern worn into the 1960's. A number of units wore the flaming grenade collars without the scroll, including the RWF....you need more info to decide for whom it was badged.
  10. i would think interwars anything is less well studied and KD from the period is likely to be no exception. period photos exist from the afghan frontier and the tribal areas, perhaps an extensive search might help. i have seen the occasional KD item from the 30's for sale on dealers sites but mostly just the jackets and not shirts...i have a few undated pics that show them with a short sleeved or rolled up sleeve shirt and one from 1932 showing the RWF in the OR's collarless shirt similar as you suggest to the WWI shirt.
  11. very nice, Herbert Johnsons have always made quality headgear.
  12. I did consider the bays from the shape of the badge, but not sure if they wore this pattern frock with white collar and cuffs. I had a look on uniformology and they did seem to wear something similar with white facings. I had thought infantry of the line as the ornamental braid is correct for infantry and not for the cavalry as each cavalry regiment had unique braid, 2DG for instance had as shown below. Thanks for pointing back in the direction of the Bays, I shall undertake further research.
  13. thanks for commenting Peter. Always likely to be along shot as to unit id. As for rank it is officers, 2lt to major I think wore the same.
  14. I am trying to id the regiment of this officers scarlet tunic, I assume late Victorian or early 20th century, in fact it is 1881 to 1902 when it is replaced by the other type I own. It is not a royal regiment as the facings are white, but obviously an officers example but it has some subtle differences on the cuff braid and the rear white piping to one I own to the Welsh. It has been robbed of its collar badges, shoulder boards and buttons and has no label inside it. It is badly moth eaten and I don't know what to do with it, just leave it or attempt a restoration as it was thrown in with a job lot of other items I bought. I would be very grateful if anyone can id the unit from which it originated.
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