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Manchu soldier's badge?


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Can anyone help identify this item?

Think it may be one of the animal Manchu silver badges I've heard about but I know nothing of Chinese military insignia, nor can I really make out the creature in the centre (if it is a creature!)

It was collected in China by one Major-General Rigaud sometime before 1887. His regiment, the Kings Royal Rifle Corps took part in the Opium Wars of 1850s so there's a chance it was picked up then?

Any information whatsoever would be much appreciated.

With thanks,


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