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  1. Thank you to all who added comments. Have to admit I forgot to return to post. However, having given thought to it I decided to wet the fur, especially as guardsmen have to stand in the rain sometimes. Well it worked to some extent, got rid of a lot of the brown and some of the smell but I didn’t do it again as I didn’t want to tempt providence.
  2. Thank you for your replies. Indeed I am ex redcap and I posted the item because of a request to identify same from a colleague on a RMP site. I left the army in 1976 and it is not an emblem I recognise from my time. Maybe it came in since then? Perhaps someone will see this post and recognise it. There has been no recognition posted on the RMP site and there are subscribers who left later than me. Because of the type of crown I think that if not British army perhaps it is a commonwealth force.
  3. Thank you for your reply. Yes, the gilding has dulled. Will try your remedy. Thanks again.
  4. Does anyone know of a firm that will undertake the gilding of pre-gilded items ? I have a 1902 infantry officers helmet in good condition, but the spike its cross and chinstrap could do with re-gilding.
  5. Thank you, Peter. I will look on the site you have proposed and let you know how I get on. Regards, John.
  6. I have recently purchased a British Guards Bearskin and it smells heavily of tobacco. I have wiped it with a damp cloth and a lot of brown colour has come off. The depth of the brown colour makes me think that it may have been in the possession of a heavy smoker. A friend laughingly said, shampoo it. Can I? Any advice would be greatfully received.
  7. The old rank of Sgt Major General was shortened to Major General and as a Lieutenant was senior to a Sgt major the lower rank stayed as it was in seniority. The change came about sometime around the English Civil War and, as Mervyn pointed out earlier, although the insignia changed America obviously kept the rank name. John
  8. Thank you for the replies, guys. When I got the SA badges group I was told that they were police and I took it as told. Now I know. Mervyn, bit confused by your answer, your last para says, " Not to be confused with the Transvaal Town Police" but the badge is TTP?
  9. j Thought I would share just the small amount of South African Police memorabilia I have in my collection. Not sure what the Transvaal helmet plate is made of. The badge has a light golden sheen to it. I thought it might be brass but it is too light so I think it must be an alloy of some type. As can be seen, the detail has remained beautifully intact.
  10. Thank you, Bernhard. I haven't researched the Regt, but now I know. Regards John
  11. The surround to the medal shows,' 1813 + 2. HANNOV. INFTR.REGMT. 77 + 1913. Underneath the monument is shown '26.MARZ' http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_10_2014/post-13150-0-73115000-1414327472.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_10_2014/post-13150-0-96332500-1414327532.jpg
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