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Is it the brass economy type of badge? Did they carry on wearing them through to the 50s? I wonder how long some die hards were able to wear the king's crown after the issue of the queen's crown badge.


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It's not uncommon to find these partially voided badges, but the wheel of the WWI brass economy was completely unvoided. Having said that, who but a metalurgist can say if a metal is brass or gilding metal, & how often would manufacturers use brass instead of gilding metal anyway?

I suppose Kings Crown badges would have carried on in wear for as long as the wearer could get away with it, which is liable to be longer than most if he's away from his parent unit on detachment, or perhaps in the TA etc?

Would officers be more likely to do it & to get away with it?

John Gaylor mentions that he continued to wear a Kings Crown (as TA Parachute Regiment or Intelligence Corps, I can't remember) badge I think into the 1960's.

In the late 1970's I was in a mixed unit with a RAOC man who was ex Para Regt, he had a worn silver plate Kings Crown Para Regt badge which he claimed to have got from the QMs Stores & to have worn whilst a member of a regular Para Bn.

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