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1st Class Scout Badge


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It is a 1st class scout badge, as worn by British cavalry and infantry soldiers who had attended a special course of instruction.  The 2nd class badge was similar but omitted the cross section.  Both badges were designed by General Baden-Powell of Boy Scouts fame, who also promoted the role and suitable training to meet it following his experiences fighting in the 2nd Anglo/Boer War 1899-1902.  It seems he had a liking for the fleur-de-lis symbol.

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It is missing its black [sic] felt backing, but very very few have retained theirs over the years.

In 1907 the large size 1st and 2nd class were redesigned to be a little smaller, so a set is 4 items.

There never was an official worsted version.

B-P used the fleur-de-lys because it was often on maps as a North pointer.


One of the nicest badges ever, and chunky!

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Hi, is that Scout badge available? Looking for one a part of the history of South African Intelligence development. Please let me know at huxtablemv@gmail.com

Many thanks!


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