British Asian Squadron Headdress Badge - Original


British Asian Squadron Headdress Badge - Original British Asian Squadron Headdress Badge - Original
The Squadron badges as described by Kipling & King with their badge reference number were as follows:

‘Depicted a large (Asian, short-eared) Elephant with a palm-tree background and a scroll at the base inscribed British Asian, the two words divided by a star and crescent.  In brass’ (KK 1373).

The ‘A’ Squadron headdress badge is shown being worn with matching collar badges in Figure 211.

Figure 211:  Close-up image of the ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge (KK 1373) and matching collar badges being worn by Squadron Sergeant Major C. H. Crooke circa 1905-1909.

A photograph of the front of a genuine ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge is shown in Figure 212. This badge has loops which lack feet and they are uniquely positioned. This badge is made of yellow-brass and it is a die-struck with crisp detail on the front and back.
 
Figure 212:  A genuine ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge (KK 1373) in gilding metal.

There are three distinct irregularly-shaped voids between the bottom of elephant’s stomach and the tops of the trees.  These three voids are often not present on poorer quality copies which have been incompletely struck from the old dies.  The lines on the elephant’s body and detailed folds where the ear meets the head are sharp and clearly defined on the genuine badge but are blurred and less-well defined on the copy in Figures 214-216 and on additional copies.  There are also a pair of curved skin folds on the left-hand side of the belly of the elephant on the genuine badge which are absent on the copies.  Poorer quality copies also do not have a distinct void between the elephant’s tail and its hindquarters. The stars at the ends of the scroll are also very distinct on genuine badges and are less angular on poorer quality copies.