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Prior to 1767 buttons in the British Army bore no regimental designs or identifications. The infantry and cavalry were , in 1751, numbered in order of precedence, the infantry from 1 to 70 and the cavalry, excluding the household cavalry and dragoon guards from 1st to 13th Dragoons. The infantry after 1751 became know as regiments of foot i.e. 10th Regiment of Foot

The end of a quarter-century of war with the French brought the usual post-war army cuts even though Britain had acquired a vastly larger empire. Some of these reductions proved premature, and the 94th, 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, and 99th Regiments of Foot were added to the British Army in 1823-24.




Victorian brooch - male in military uniform signed Mc Donald



One half of a general service dress buckle. The other half is the Honi Soit Qui Garter.



Scottish regiment cap badge
The Kings Hussars silver badge

5th Battalion The Queens ( Royal West Surry Regiment)

Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)


THE ESSEX REGIMENT Formed in 1881 from The 44th. (East Essex) Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion) & The 56th. (West Essex) Regiment of Foot. (2nd Battalion). Nicknames:- "The Two Fours", "The Little Fighting Fours", "The Pompadours" & "Saucy Pompeys.


WWI Royal artillery
56th Regiment of foot badge
West Yorkshire regiment lapel badge
Suffolk regiment lapel badge
WWI Essex regiment cap badge
Kent regiment cap badge
Officer Army lapel rank insignia
Army officer shoulder rank insignia - blue and red enamel

Lancashire Fusiliers

cap badge LF

Middlesex regiment cap badge

Royal Marines collar badge

Royal fuseliers cap badge

Lancashire Fusiliers

cap badge

10th Btn (Territorial) Manchester Regiment shoulder title

Great find WWI Royal flying corp cap bdge
WWI British Army officers training corp - Cambridge University
WW1 Manchester Regiment lapel badge

Royal West Surrey Collar badge (lamb facing right)

Royal Engineers badge

RE Sweetheart

7th City of London Regiment badge

The London Regiment was formed on 1st April 1908 when the old Volunteer battalions became part of the new Territorial Force. In the majority of cases the new Territorial battalions were linked to a regiment of the regular army but the London Regiment was unique in that it contained no regular battalions.
It was the largest infantry regiment in the army with 26 battalions in peacetime, eventually increasing to 88 battalions over the course of the First World War.
It was also the only regiment in the army that did not have a regimental badge - each battalion having its own individual cap badge.
Its battalions were frequently made up of men recruited from the same part of London, such as the 11th battalion (the Finsbury Rifles) or who followed the same occupation - the 8th battalion (Post Office Rifles ), or who were expatriates living in London - the 14th battalion (London Scottish).

The battalion was known as 'The Shiny Seventh'. Their drill hall was at Finsbury Square

The 1/7th landed in France in March 1915.

Welsh Regiment Could be POW Leinster) Cap Badge

The Devonshire regiment cap badge
20thC Royal Hertfordshire regiment cap badge

Lancashire Fusiliers Glengarry Badge

Royal fuseliers regiment cap badge

Ordnance corp collar badge may be anything up to 1950’s

Royal Artillery cap badge
RFA- Royal Fleet Auxiliary regiment lapel badge West Somerset Regiment lapel badge
Royal fuseliers cap badge
WWII Royal artillery badge WWI Huge Crown mount WWI - Essex regiment lapel badge

This looks to be a foreigh European bugle. It isn’t of the bugles used by the british. AT a push it may be a glengarry badge of the 105th  Madras Light Infantry???

Royal Army medical corp badge Essex regiment cap badge
Army lapel badge - Lancashire Fusiliers
WW1 THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY CAP BADGE Royal Artillery cap badge Early 19thC 6th regiment of foot badge
WWII Canadian forces badge Royal Artillery cap badge

Border regiment sweetheart badge

Royal fuseliers cap badge Worcestershire Regiment badge Royal Army Service Corp badge
WWI Royal Army Service Corp badge WW1 Royal Artillery cap badge WW1 Royal Engineers cap badge
Rifle Brigade badge York and Lancaster Regiment badge WWII Army Service Corp badge
WWI Royal Engineers badge WW1 Australian Commonwealth Military forces badge WW1 Royal Artillery cap badge
WW1 East Lancashire cap badge The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 1914 - 1918 WWII Royal Air Force sweet heart badge
WWI Kings Own )Yorkshire Light Infantry) regiment cap badge WWI Middlesex Regiment cap badge WWI Essex Regiment cap badge
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) badge

Military badge

Domine dirige nos

Lord, direct us —motto of the City of London

WWII Army Service Corp badge

Norfolk Yeomanry 1901-1910

East Surry Regiment lapel badge

Queens Own Dorset Yeomanry

Essex Regiment enamelled badge

Essex sweetheart

WWII RAF silver sweet heart brooch

Army badge

London Scottish Regiment formed 1859

THE ESSEX REGIMENT Formed in 1881 from The 44th. (East Essex) Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion) & The 56th. (West Essex) Regiment of Foot. (2nd Battalion). Nicknames:- "The Two Fours", "The Little Fighting Fours", "The Pompadours" & "Saucy Pompeys.

Solid silver - Royal Navy artillery badge

The Royal Naval Artillery Reserve or Volunteers as they were initially known, were established in 1873 and were recruited from either keen amateur sailors or those who were in the merchant service.

Superb WWI find

"They shall not pass" (French: "Ils ne passeront pas/On ne passe pas";

It was most famously used during the Battle of Verdun in World War I by French General Robert Nivelle (although some have attributed it to his commander, Philippe Pétain). It appears on propaganda posters, such as that by Maurice Neumont after the Second Battle of the Marne, which was later adopted on uniform badges by units manning the Maginot Line.



Upper section of a Royal Artillery cap badge - 1902 - 1952
North Yorkshire Regt (Princess of Wales Own)

Royal Regiment of Artillery (collar)


East Surry Regiment Badge

The Regimental Badge was a combination of the badges which were worn by the 1st Royal Surrey Militia and the 3rd Royal Surrey Militia (x)

1881 Amalgamation with 70th Regiment to become 1st Bn The East Surrey Regiment

Essex Regiment cap badge

THE ESSEX REGIMENT Formed in 1881 from The 44th. (East Essex) Regiment of Foot (1st Battalion) & The 56th. (West Essex) Regiment of Foot. (2nd Battalion). Nicknames:- "The Two Fours", "The Little Fighting Fours", "The Pompadours" & "Saucy Pompeys.

Essex Regiment cap badge
Victorian era Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Artillery

Part of Leicester regiment badge

Navy badge ?
King and Empire, Services rendered medal. What a neat find
Royal Army Medical Corp (c)
10th Reg insignia
Royal Sussex Regiment
Royal Air force silver wings badge
East Somerset Yeomanry cap badge
Another Nazi badge probably from the Dornier bomber crash site
WWII Nazi Swastica from a downed German bomber
WWII Army Educational Corp badge
Essex Regiment cap badge
Leicester Regiment lapel insignia - probably 1940's
5th Dragoon guards
WWII Army badge
1940 Queens Own Hussars
WWII Regiment belt slide
London Veteren Reserve badge

Essex Regiment badge

Collar badge

WWII officers rank insignia military badge
21st Lancers badge
Royal Corps of signals badge
WWI flying badge - 1.05g, 14.64mm

Huge military helmet badge with Latin inscription and thistle

Scots Guard (size may be a pouch badge)

Engineers and Artillery Collar Badge

95th Canadian Infantry Batt'n
The Durham light infantry badge

Engineers and Artillery Collar Badge

Royal Scots Fusiliers Collar

WWII pressed copper 7th/11th Lancers hat badge
'The Kings' regiment badge
German Eagle insignia
Somerset Regiment lapel badge

WWI 6th Rifle Battalion badge

Royal artillery
Suffolk Reg cap badge
Royal artillery
Navy belt badge

Prt of a two piece fusiliers shoulder title (Could be Lancashire, Royal, Scots, Irish, Munster Dublin, Northumberland

WW1 Suffolk regiment cap badge WWI Essex regiment cap badge

Part of an WW1 8th Btn Territorial shoulder title (regiment missing, but the 8th Btn Essex were a cyclist btn).

Royal Army ordnance Corp badge WWI- WWII Essex regiment cap badge

May be part of loyal suffolk hussars (yeomanry) or post 1922 royal inniskilling fusiliers

WWI The Norfolk Regiment cap badge WWII RAF sweetheart badge WWII Army officer shoulder rank insignia

WW 1 Boys Life Brigade belt buckle

Prince of Wales feathers lead mount WWII Royal Corps of Signals WWII Essex regiment badge
WWI Essex Regiment badge WWII - Kings crown cap badge for the Kings's Own Dorset Yeomanry. WWI - Army officers rank pip
WWII Army lapel badge WWI Royal Artillery cap badge WWII Army cap badge
Victorian Army badge WWII Royal Air Force cap badge WWI Royal Artillery cap badge
WWI Royal Engineers lapel badge Unknown artillery badge - Not British, cannon facing right ?? WWI The Royal Hertfordshire Regiment cap badge
WW1 Army Surrey regiment lapel badge

British WWI Imperial Service badge

The Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge was a short lived decoration of the United Kingdom  awarded to those members of the Territorial Force  who were prepared to serve outside the United Kingdom  in defence of the Empire. The conditions of enlistment for the TF laid down at their creation in 1908 did not allow for soldiers to be sent for service overseas against their will, as the TF was intended for home defence. However, any man could volunteer for the Imperial Service Section and serve abroad in times of war, which entitled him to wear this badge

The badge was worn on the uniform immediately above the right breast pocket, i.e. the opposite side to any medal ribbons.

The majority of those who received the award did so for services during the First World War.

20thC Royal fusiliers enamalled badge- 1st city of London

WWI 156th Infantry Battalion Cap Badge CEF

The Battalion was raised in Leeds and Grenville Counties of Ontario, with mobilization headquarters at Brockville under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Northland on October 18, 1916, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel T.C.D. Bedeil with a strength of 28 officers and 778 other ranks, arriving on the 28th. Once in England, the Battalion was broken up and absorbed into the 2nd, 21st and 38th Infantry Battalions, the P.O.C.O.I. and the 6th Reserve Battalion. It was disbanded on September 15, 1920.

WWI Army lapel badge

Royal 1st Derbyshire Yeomanry

WWI Royal Artillery badge

I am metal detectorist from Czech Republic. I am also a big fan of your web sites and noticed that you have wrong inclusion of your artifact. In the middle of this page http://www.colchestertreasurehunting...essmounts.htm# you have harness with two tale lion"19th century harness decoration" but this is completely wrong. Is it a kind of cap badge from czechoslovakian army from period of the first republic (1918-1938) also used by czechoslovakian troops in foreign during WW2 https://panenske-brezany.muzeumbrand...jenska-vystroj .

Yours faithfully

Viktor Vrkoč

George V Kings crown badge - probably police

Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)


WWII Royal signals regiment silver cap badge Worcestershire Regiment

Army regiment badge


Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

WWII Royal Artillery badge