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Good day everyone,

Wondering if anyone can tell me why some Royal Berkshire collar dogs have 'Royal Berkshire' stamped under the dragon and others 'Princess Charlotte of Wales'?  Does it denote a diffrence of era?  What would be the norm for officers in 1914-1918?

Thank you,

Caleb

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1 hour ago, Biggles said:

Good day everyone,

Wondering if anyone can tell me why some Royal Berkshire collar dogs have 'Royal Berkshire' stamped under the dragon and others 'Princess Charlotte of Wales'?  Does it denote a diffrence of era?  What would be the norm for officers in 1914-1918?

Thank you,

Caleb

The officers service dress bronze ROYAL BERKSHIRE collar badge worn during WW1 had been adopted after the introduction of that uniform in 1902. A bullion wire collar badge was worn on full dress. The officers also wore the regiment’s Chinese dragon insignia as a rope boss, in order to commemorate their one time temporary service as marines on board HM ships.

The soldier’s pattern collar badge in gilding metal had the title Princess Charlotte of Wales’s that was awarded to the 49th regiment of Foot in 1816, who subsequently formed the 1st Battalion of the new regiment in July 1881.

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So the following collar badges for sale are belonging to a soldier and not an officer?  I'm sorry, but I don't exactly understand what it is that you are trying to say.  Are both images you shared an officer's pattern, or just the last?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283672320417?hash=item420c3019a1:g:0wIAAOSw7oldyak9

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9 minutes ago, Biggles said:

So the following collar badges for sale are belonging to a soldier and not an officer?  I'm sorry, but I don't exactly understand what it is that you are trying to say.  Are both images you shared an officer's pattern, or just the last?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283672320417?hash=item420c3019a1:g:0wIAAOSw7oldyak9

1.  Yes the yellow brass badges are soldier’s pattern worn on their full dress tunics and undress frocks.  They were not generally worn on the soldiers khaki service dress until after 1922.

2.  The officers collar badges are the darker, bronze colour with Royal Berkshire on the title scroll, as per the photos shown.

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Just now, FROGSMILE said:

1.  Yes the yellow brass badges are soldier’s pattern worn on their full dress and undress frocks.  They were not generally worn on the soldiers khaki service dress until after 1922.

2.  The officers collar badges are the darker, bronze colour with Royal Berkshire on the title scroll as per the photos shown.

Ahh, thank you.  That is a pity, as I was after a pair of officer's collar badges, but never mind.  Matching pairs are difficult to find, but I think it's better than buying a single and then having to hunt for another that is the same!

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2 minutes ago, Biggles said:

Ahh, thank you.  That is a pity, as I was after a pair of officer's collar badges, but never mind.  Matching pairs are difficult to find, but I think it's better than buying a single and then having to hunt for another that is the same!

Yes I understand.  If you persevere you should eventually find a matched pair, although they are in smaller supply given that only officers wore them.  Your best chance will be via specialist militaria dealers.

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