British Asian Squadron Headdress & Collar Badges


The headdress and collar badges of 'A' (British Asian) Squadron are as described for the headdress badge by Kipling & King with the badge reference number:

‘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 202.

Figure 202: 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. Cooke circa 1905-1909.

Images of the front and rear of a genuine ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge is shown in Figures 203-204. The headdress 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.
 
Figures 203-204: Front and rear images of a genuine ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge (KK 1373) with matching collar badges 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 205-206 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.

A pair of genuine 'A' Squadron (British Asian) collar badges are also shown in Figures 203-204. They are die struck in gilding metal with copper loops positioned east-west and were worn as a facing pair. There is a continuous void between the elephant’s stomach and the tree tops. The curl of the elephant’s trunk is voided but the tail and hindquarters are not voided.